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How has your identity as a Black person affected your career, jobs and/or your relationship with money?

Submit your essay on the theme of “Black Finance” to share your stories, experience and perspective.

What we’re looking for

Genre: Personal Essay

Length: 500–2,000 words

Theme: Black Finance

Questions to answer: How has your identity as a Black person affected your career, jobs and/or your relationship with money?

Open to: Any writer 18+ who identifies as Black/African American, regardless of previous experience or publication. No location requirements.

Submission period: Jan. 17–March 15, 2022

No entry fee.


One 1st-place, one 2nd-place, one 3rd-place and up to two runners up will be published. All winners get a mentor session and lifetime membership in our community of contributors. 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners also receive a cash prize.

🏆 1st place: $250, publication, mentor session, community membership.

🏆 2nd place: $150, publication, mentor session, community membership.

🏆 3rd place: $75, publication, mentor session, community membership.

🏆 Runners up: publication, mentor session, community membership.

Cash prize paid via PayPal or Venmo.

How to submit

To submit your essay for consideration:

  1. Create the essay in a Google Doc with sharing settings on “Anyone on the internet with this link can edit.”
  2. Fill out the submission form below, and add the Google Doc link.

That’s it! A few notes:

  • We require Google Docs because they facilitate collaboration well and anyone can create an account for free. If you prefer to compose elsewhere, just copy+paste your essay into a Doc to submit :)
  • We ask for a summary. Don’t fret over it! We won’t judge your summary. It just helps us confirm your essay fits the theme.
  • We don’t publish anything without your permission. You’ll hear from us if we’re interested in your essay, and you’ll approve all edits before publication.

Questions? Email us: [email protected]

Submit your essay

Submissions for this contest are closed. We'll notify finalists and winners via email by Apr. 5. Subscribe above to read the winning essays when they're published!

What to expect after you submit 

Judging process and criteria: 

👩‍⚖️ Publication decisions are determined by our editor Dana Sitar, and Farrah Daniel-Bermudez, a Healthy Rich writing contest judge.

👩‍⚖️ Winning essays will fit the theme, showcase exceptional writing, and provide our audience a valuable perspective on work, money or both.

👩‍⚖️ All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. No simultaneous submissions, please — thank you!

Editorial process:

We’ll let you know via email within three weeks of the submission deadline if we pick your essay for publication. If you don’t hear from us by then, assume we didn’t choose your essay for this contest, and feel free to submit or publish it elsewhere.

Once chosen for publication, your essay will go through our editorial process, including:

📝 One round of substantive feedback and revision suggestions from the editor.

📝 Revisions from you.

📝 Copy edit from the editor and your approval.

We publish essays throughout a five-ish-week publication period on the Healthy Rich blog and include them in our newsletter to 2,500+ subscribers.


By agreeing to publication, you grant Dana Media LLC (our agency that owns Healthy Rich) first electronic rights to your essay, which means:

  • We have the right to publish the piece in a digital format (e.g. on the website).
  • We’ll be the first publisher of the piece.
  • After the piece is published once, all rights revert back to you.
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