This year we ran two competitions as part of our all-virtual National Black Writers Conference 2021

Watch the winners below!

Going Digital Competition

Must-see mind-blowing pieces that show the way for the possibilities that writers can explore. 

‘We Want to Dream’ Competition

Write something that either begins or ends with the line “We Want to Dream ” – our Conference theme. Video yourself or anyone performing it. Videos must be longer than 30 seconds but shorter than two minutes.

Selected entries will be shown throughout the Conference weekend, with the winners announced at the We Want to Dream award ceremony on Sunday 21st November 2021.

1st — £125
2nd — £60
3rd — £30

Send your submissions to:
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Midnight, Tuesday 16th November 2021

Terms: Open to Global Majority women and non-binary people (i.e., from the African, Caribbean, South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arabic Diasporas, as well as Indigenous communities). Copyright remains with authors. By entering participants agree to their submission being screened at the National Black Writers Conference 2021 and published across Commonword/Cultureword’s social media, website, newsletter for up to 1 year after the conference date. This agreement also covers the option for Commonword/Cultureword to print in physical form under its Crocus Books imprint or other Commonword/Cultureword imprints upon payment in accordance with other Commonword/Cultureword publications. Any questions can be sent to: