(PRWEB) May 5, 2005
The Publisher and Editors of Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers (AHLP) proudly announce their call for entries for the 2005 Africana Homestead Short Story Contest and 2005 Africana Homestead Poetry Contest. In its second year, the contests are open to residents of all 50 States and the territories of the United States of America. The winning entries from the 2004 contests are in AHLP's forthcoming annual monograph, Visions of Black Life: A Collection of Outstanding Short Stories and Poetry, Volume I May 2005.
Since its founding in 1995, AHLP's mission has been to produce scholarly works that document the history and experiences of black people worldwide. In 2004 Carolyn C. Williams, Publisher-Executive Director, expanded the mission to inclue publishing non-fiction and fiction literary works for all ages. The impetus for establishing the contests was the many letters and telephone calls that AHLP received from people who wanted the company to publish their poetry, short fiction, or novels. Meeting this need as one of the few African American book publishers in the United States, AHLP is forever dedicated to helping emerging writers and poets achieve their dreams.
In both literary contests there are three categories with cash awards: Children (ages 5 to 11 on August 31, 2005), First: $75; Second: $50; Third: $25. Youth (ages 12 to 18 on August 31, 2005), First: $150; Second: $100; Third: $75. Adult (age 18 and older on August 31, 2005), First $300; Second: $200; Third: $100. AHLP also gives contest winners a trophy, and certificates to those who earn honorable mention.
AHLP will publish the entries of the 2005 winners and those who earn honorable mention in their annual monograph, Visions of Black Life: A Collection of Outstanding Poetry and Short Stories, Volume II May 2006. The editors will also invite first, second, and third place winners to read their work at an awards ceremony in May 2006. AHLP and contest entry fees will fund the prizes. Each winner may earn only one major prize. If a winner has more than one submission, they may earn honorable mentions for their other works. AHLP solely funds the publication and will give the winners three royalty-free copies.
Visions of Black Life: A Collection of Outstanding Short Stories and Poetry, Volume I May 2005 features the winners of our 2004 contests. High school teachers, undergraduate students, and graduate students, the diverse group of authors captures the black experience from interesting perspectives: mature versus young adult and those within versus those outside the community.
In Volume I, the short stories range from thought-provoking to humorous. ÂLike WhiteÂ captures the complex issues of an interracial family confronting racism during a KKK march in Newark, Delaware (Rachel Elizabeth Griffiths, first place, adult category). In ÂMy SisterÂs Keeper,Â a newly divorced mother of two finds help and friendship as she leaves behind her privileged middle class life for more humble surroundings (Cassandra L. Manuel, second place, adult category). ÂThe Story of TinaÂ explores the troubles of teen life when Tina confronts love and deception in her relationship with her boyfriend Raashan (Cassandra L. Manuel, honorable mention, adult category). Similar to an African tale, and for the young and young at heart, the children at summer camp ask their mayor and city council for help when their lunch is a disaster in ÂPÂNut Butter and RubberÂ (Kemba Sonnebeyatta, third place, adult category).
The poetry is equally rousing, even controversial. ÂJust AskingÂ sharply criticizes black folk engaged in self-destructive behavior in the community (Cassandra L. Manuel, first place, adult category). A forceful warning for young ones growing into adulthood bursts from the page in ÂPredatorsÂ (Cassandra L. Manuel, honorable mention, adult category). A historical retrospective on racism, ÂFreedomÂ recounts past challenges, progress, and failure that impacts the present (Adrianne K. Scott, second place, adult category). ÂBlack and White,Â with sophisticated imagery, captures the essence of the conundrum, Âseparate but equalÂ education (Stefanie Gordon, first place, youth category).
AHLP held its first literary awards program Sunday, May 1, 2005 at MÃ©lange CafÃ© in Cherry Hill, New Jersey to honor the 2004 winners. Due to receiving unacceptable submissions or no entries at all, they did not give awards in certain categories. Because AHLP has expanded the event to include all 50 States and territories, they expect to have winning entries in every age group for both contests in the future.
To receive the 2005 contest guidelines, interested persons should e-mail their request to [email protected] Starting June 2005, all may purchase Visions of Black Life: A Collection of Outstanding Short Stories and Poetry, Volume I May 2005 through Amazon.com or by sending e-mail to the publisher at [email protected] The monograph's ISBN is 0-9653308-6-9 and the ISSN is pending. These are the U.S. subscription rates: Individuals,$25; Students, $15 (fax/mail ID); Institutions, $30. Foreign subscription rates are as follows: Individuals, $35; Students,$25 (fax/mail ID); Institutions, $40.