Together with We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), Penguin Random House is thrilled to announce the launch of the Black Creatives Fund, an initiative with a mission of supporting emerging and established Black writers and illustrators. PRH is the inaugural sponsor of the fund for the year 2021.
The Black Creatives Fund will feature three initiatives in 2021, including a revisions workshop, a mentorship program, and a marketing symposium in partnership with the Brown Bookshelf. The Fund will launch with the six-month revisions workshop, which will support unpublished Black writers with completed manuscripts and will feature esteemed faculty, including PRH authors Nic Stone and Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Twelve writers selected for the workshop will receive guidance throughout the revision process and have the opportunity to submit their manuscript to editors at PRH for possible publication. All twelve writers will be awarded stipends. Two finalists will receive larger grants, and publishing deals for top performers will be strongly considered. The revisions workshop will kick off in spring 2021.
As a longtime partner of WNDB, PRH is honored to collaborate with them to build this important new pipeline for discovering and elevating Black voices. The Black Creatives Fund is an integral piece of Amplify Black Stories, our yearlong campaign to celebrate Black authors and introduce their stories to a diverse group of readers. In addition to PRH, the Fund is being supported by Out of Print, who dedicated 100 percent of the proceeds from their limited-edition Frederick Douglass “Once You Learn to Read” t-shirt during the month of February to the program.