Sisters in Crime Seeks Emerging Writers of Color

Sisters in Crime has opened applications for the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. The prize has recognized emerging crime writers of color—both men and women—since 2014 with a $1500 grant.

Does this sound like you or someone you know? Read on. From the press release:

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Award was created in 2014 with a bequest from Bland’s estate to support Sisters in Crime’s vision statement that the organization should serve as the voice for excellence and diversity in crime writing. The grant is intended for a writer who has not published a full-length work, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify someone. The award will support activities related to career development including workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of his or her work.


[May 9 update from Sisters in Crime: An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction, an academic work or one or two self-published or traditionally published books will not disqualify an applicant.]

Applications are due on June 15. You can apply at



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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