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Aspiring Writer Scholarship Guidelines


Go On Girl! Book Club – invites you to write your way to a scholarship.  

Founded in 1990, the Go On Girl! Book Club is a spirited group of women who love a good read and engage in lively literary discussions once a month.  Across the country, we have more than 400 members who are committed to encouraging the literary pursuits of people of African descent.  Since 1992, the organization has recognized notable authors with its “Author of the Year” and “New Author of the Year” awards.  Past honorees include Pearl Cleage, Bebe Moore Campbell, Daniel Black, Octavia Butler, and Marlon James.  

Do you dream of seeing your stories and essays recognized alongside our literary giants?  Apply now for the Go On Girl! Book Club’s $2,000 “Aspiring Writer” Scholarship.

THE 2023 Scholarship Application Deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2024.  Winners will be announced on March 1, 2024.

Application Guidelines

  1. Candidate must be a US citizen or possess a valid student visa.
  2. Candidate must be ENTERING the sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall of 2024 at any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States.  
  3. Candidate must submit an unofficial transcript to show a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  4. Candidate must submit a 5-to-10 page story or essay on one of the following topics:

Given the current Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action, analyze the potential long-term impact on diversity in U.S. colleges and universities.


Why I want to be a writer and how literature contributes to culture and community.

  1. Submissions must be double spaced and include the title, author’s name, and word count on the title page. Pages (EXCEPT the title page) must be numbered. 
  1. In addition to your story or essay, you must include a recent photo, and a short biographical sketch along with your application. 
  1. We will only accept online applications.  Submit applications at no later than midnight February 1, 2024. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the guidelines will be returned without review.

The winner will be notified on March 4, 2024; and will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in Charleston, SC in June.  Winners who are unable to attend will be asked to submit a short video acceptance speech to be aired at the awards ceremony. The winner’s work may be featured in several print or online publications, and on the GOG website.