Congratulations to the Winners of Our Her Stories Contest!

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African Voices and Girls Read to Write Proudly Announce Our Winners!

Telling Her Stories Writing Contest is a collaboration between African Voices and Girls Read to Write LLC.

Girls Read to Write and African Voices magazine are proud to announce the winners of the Her  Stories Contest!

Congratulations to our Flash Fiction winners:  (1st Prize) “The Dreams of a Dancer”- Kylie Kamau (2nd Prize) “When The Fun IS Over I Miss Them”- Svaha Williams (3rd Prize)”What Happened To The Larsons?” Ameena Rafeek and our Fiction winners: (1st Prize) “Storm Warning”-  Katheryn Prather(2nd Prize)”Good Hair”-Aponi Kafele (3rd Prize) “Ella’s Entries”-Amaya Farrell

Stay tuned to read the winning stories!

To learn more about Girls Read to Write visit

About Girls Read to Write

We believe if one reads widely and writes, this is the portal to help guide self-expression.  We connect reading and creative writing with our book/writing club and workshops. We also spread the joy of reading with our book giveaways and further educate our young ladies about the literary world with author interviews and special articles on our From Our Book shelf blog.

Girls Read to Write started as a writing and book club inspired by Founder Sandra Proto’s eight-year-old daughter and classmates when they formed a “club” during recess.  One of the club’s activities that the girls would do were to write stories together.  As a writer and avid reader, Sandra Proto thought it was great that the girls had an interest in writing and she always wanted to start a book club for kids. So, with her two daughters and their friends, Sandra Proto developed Girls Read to Write in May of 2015 and held our first meeting in July of the same year. 

African Voices Magazine

African Voices Communications, Inc., a non-profit arts organization, is dedicated to fostering cultural understanding through art, literature and film.

Founded in 1992, our mission is carried out through public programs, arts appreciation and the publication of African Voices magazine.  The magazine plays a pivotal role in helping writers and visual artists establish careers in art and publishing.  Our writers have published work in poetry and fiction anthologies while others have completed novels and memoirs. 

African Voices has published the works of over 8,000 emerging artists of color and presents community programs to expand access to the arts. Each year, African Voices provides artistic services to 5,000 artists of color and young people throughout New York City and the tri-state area.

African Voices sponsors Get Your Read On! (GYRO!), a program that uses the arts to strengthen young people’s math, reading, writing and oral communication skills. Students from K-12 learn storytelling, theater, poetry and architecture in public schools in NYC.

Urban Assembly Students For Future Leaders writing poems and stories in a workshop held at Langston Hughes House in Harlem.


  1. Hi Marsha, this is your cousin Melanie Cheatham Keller. I’m always bragging about you and was checking out some of your stuff. This is an awesome sight for our young people. I will surely pass this along to the grandchildren. Thank you so much Beautiful Lady, I absolutely love you!

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