**We’re sorry but applications are now closed – the deadline was on the 21 September. However, we’d love to let you know about future opportunities. Please share your details with us below, and we’ll stay in touch**
Do you have a data story to tell for Black History Month? We’re looking for Black writers who can use data to tell a story or tell a story about data. We know these stories exist and want to give you the space to tell them
With your creativity, knowledge, and lived experience we’re excited to see what topics you’ll choose, from data about Caribbean micro-businesses to Black people on film; from data about the history of African languages to how algorithms might affect our society. The ODI has a history of exploring data issues through art and creative writing, and we’d love you to be a part of it. We’re also open to different forms of writing, from journalism to poetry and other formats (such as flash fiction, memoir, essay, or hybrid form).
Our judges are:
- Yassmin Abdel-Magied, mechanical engineer, social advocate and writer
- Rob Berkeley, Award-winning social reformer, leading development at BlackOutUK and former strategic advisor to the BBC on accountability and audience engagement
- Dr Mahlet (Milly) Zimeta, Head of Public Policy at the Open Data Institute.
- Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principal of Jesus College Oxford and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute
From a shortlist, judges will pick two writers, and the ODI will offer a fund of £500 to both writers, to cover writing time and research. We’ll publish your piece on the ODI website during Black History Month (October 2020), which typically gets 15,000 views of our articles per month.
Entries (proposals) in by midnight on 21 September, we’ll pick writers on 28 and 29 September, and you’ll be expected to send us the final written piece by 16 October. This is open to people from all countries, but must be written in English. We may also request a meeting with you during the process to clarify specifics related to your idea.
- Please submit your idea by midnight on 21 September 2020 (BST)
- We will fund up to £500 per writer, but we will ask you for an itemised quote for your time
- We cannot cover other expenses outside of your own writing time (ie travel, accommodation, equipment)
- The work doesn’t have to be new, but you will need to have the relevant rights to re-use it
- You are agreeing for your work to be published on our website indefinitely
- You must be able to deliver the work by 16 October September 2020, and we will pay your invoice upon delivery of the piece.
- You are agreeing to have your name and a short biography attached to the piece (doesn’t have to be the same biography as the one in your submission)
- This fund is open to people in all countries, but must be written in English.
- We may also request a meeting with you during the process to clarify specifics related to your idea, or may ask you to make some adjustments to ensure the piece is accurate and fits within our brand guidelines.