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We love our stories and storytellers - especially our young

ones! We're calling on all budding female artists (ages 7-12)      to draw their favorite Black woman in history (in America or abroad) and tell us exactly why they admire them. For parents 

or guardians, this is the perfect opportunity to discuss (and discover!) the many amazing black women who've played major roles in history and have made significant contributions    to the arts, science, education, politics, and civil society. 

The contest is open worldwide; one form per entry and one 

entry per child. Entries must be submitted using the form below and must be received by 11:59PM EST Friday, January 19, 2018.  Winners will be notified by email on Sunday, January 28, 2018. We will announce the winners on our social media pages. 

So get to drawing! We're excited to see and hear about the influential women you admire! 

*Neither the author of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)    or the publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, are affiliated with this contest* 



Contest Dates

Submissons are accepted December 20, 2017 through January 19, 2018

Winners & Prizes

A first prize winner and runner up will be selected. Each will receive a copy of Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History and       

a BGU gift item. First place winner will also receive a $25 Michaels gift card. All contest entrants will receive a certificate. 

Who Can Enter?

The contest is open to all girls between the ages of 7 and 12.  All fields in the submission form below must be completed.  

Judging Criteria


  1. Execution of concept  

  2. Understanding of topic

  3. Uniqueness  

  4. Artistry  

Submission Criteria   

  1. Horizontal or vertical design only

  2. Artwork must follow the prompt “Bold Black Woman" and be accompanied by a brief    description on why entrant selected her                bold black woman in history!    

  3. Artwork must be original, (no larger than 11x17  inches) and hand drawn, sketched or painted         on paper or cardboard.

  4. Can be scaned or photographed. File should not exceed 20M. 

Additional Info

  1. One submission per child. 

  2. All eligible submissions will be judged by      a panel of qualified judges chosen by BGU 

  3. Winners will be notified via email on January 28, 2018. A winner's failure to respond within 48 hours of notification will be deemed a forfeiture of the prize. If this occurs, an alternate winner from the pool  of eligible entries will be selected.

Feel free to email us at with any questions. 

Black Girls Unscripted


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