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FAQs

1. How many awards does Go On Girl Book Club (“GOG”) give each year?
Each year, the GOG Scholarship Committee will grant at least two writing awards. One award is given to an Unpublished Writer and the other award is given to an Aspiring Writer who attends a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

2. What is the award amount?
The 1st place award winner in each category will receive $1,000.

3. What are the eligibility requirements for the Unpublished Writer’s Award?

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien;
  • Applicant must have a strong connection to identify with the African Diaspora;
  • Applicant must reside in the United States;
  • Applicant must be unpublished. This includes novels, short stories, articles and essays published in magazines, journals or other print or online media; and
  • Applicant must not be self-published.

4. What are the eligibility requirements for the Aspiring Writer’s Award?

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien;
  • Applicant must have a strong connection to identify with the African Diaspora;
  • Applicant must be a full time student at a Historically Black College or University; and
  • Applicant must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better.

5. May I apply for both awards?
If you meet the eligibility criteria for the Aspiring Literary Scholar Award and also meet the eligibility criteria for the Unpublished Writer’s Award, you may apply for both awards.

6. May I submit more than one entry?
No, an applicant for either award may submit only one entry for that particular award.

7. What criteria are used to judge the entries?
For the Unpublished Writer’s Award, entries are judged on their appeal, continuity, originality, character development, and word usage/grammar.  For the Aspiring Literary Scholar Award, entries are judged on their content, essay flow, clarity, word usage/grammar, and overall impression.

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