We Won An Award!

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Last night REWRITE won the Best Online Platform at the inaugural Brown Sugar Awards!!! I was totally overwhelmed and didn’t prepare a speech, so here it is!

This award is an honour. To be recognised by my peers, by other amazing Black Women who know the tears, sweat, and sleepless nights that go into creating an organisation that is unapologetically dedicated to the betterment and development of Black Women & WoC. REWRITE was born out of a frustration, and a need to create a space that is For Us By Us. The journey has been long and beautiful. Thank you to: Jenn Augustine – the REWRITE ROCK – REWRITE would not be where it is without you! Thank you, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed for your open spirit. Thank you, my Ride or Die, my partner in crime, Aiwan Obinyan, for seeing the vision way before I did. And thank you to Brown Sugar Movement Team  – Oliva and Maria, for taking the time to reward and recognise Black Women.

Thank you!

Christina – Founder


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Check out this month’s opportunities below


  • Harvill Secker-Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Award open to entries for writers of colour – deadline 4th August
  • For 24 hours, United Agents Books Department will be holding an Open House submissions window to encourage submissions from under-represented groups – 9th August to 10th August – 10am to 10am
  • Bad Form Magazine are looking for submissions from BLACK, ASIAN, AND RACIALISED COMMUNITY WRITERS IN THE UK – PAID. Deadline 18th August 2021
  •  Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colourdeadline 22nd August 2021
  • Southbank Centre’s New Poets Collective programme free bursary places and travel stipends are available. They especially welcome applications from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse poets, LGBTQI+ poets, disabled or neuro-diverse poets and working-class poets. Deadline 29th August 2021
  • Jericho Prize Celebrating Black-British new writing for children opens 2nd August deadline 2 September 2021
  • Streetcake Prize is aimed at writers based in the UK and EU who are responding creatively & experimenting with we seek to identify and develop writers’ careers in the genres of short fiction and poetry – deadline 20th Sept 2021
  • Sunspot Literary Journal call for submissions (international, paid) – deadline October 2021
  • HQ Creative Inclusion Lab. Created with a mission to increase representation and inclusivity, and led by June Sarpong OBE, our purpose is to discover and nurture debut authors from underrepresented communities – ongoing
  • The Black Ballad X Influx First Novel Award will be open in September for Black British women writers who have completed their first (unpublished) novel. (We’ll inlcude links once available)


  • Riptide literary journal is calling for short story submissions 15 September
  • Morland African Writing Scholarships 2021 Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa, or both of whose parents were born in Africa 18 September
  • Mslexia Women’s Fiction Competition 2021 – Novel for Adults 20 September
  • Nan Shepherd Prize A biennial literary prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing – 6 AUGUST–6 OCTOBER
  • Guts Publishing We accept submissions in these genres: memoir, creative nonfiction, autobiography and adult literary fiction – ongoing
  • Scotland’s Creators’ Fund are now live. The fund aims to provide practical funding opportunities for Black and POC artists and creatives across Scotland – ongoing
  • Peggy Ramsay Foundation We give money to theatre writers giving them the time and the space to write – ongoing
  • The John Byrne Award is a creative competition, open to anyone living or studying in Scotland


  • The Women’s Prize Trust, Audible, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative Writing School are delighted to launch Discoveries 2022, searching for the most talented and original new female writing voices in the UK and Ireland 17th January 2022
  • The 2022 Lancaster Playwriting Prize is now open to anyone from the North West of England who identifies as LGBTQAI+ aged 16 and up to and including the age of 30  25th October
  • The Betty Trask Prize and The Betty Trask Awards 30 November 2021
  • The Eric Gregory Awards, for a collection by poets under the age of 30 31 October 2021
  • The McKitterick Prize is given annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished 31 October 2021
  • Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2021  December 2021
  • THE BATH CHILDREN’S NOVEL AWARD 2021  30th November 2021 
  • US NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre 1st November 2021
  • US – TADPOLE PRESS 100 WORD WRITING CONTEST  30th November 2021


  • Literary Agent Julia Silk is currently open to submissions imminent
  • Willenfield Literary Agency is open for nonfiction and visual narrative submissions imminent
  • Spread the Word has partnered with Wellcome Collection to launch an ambitious project aiming to find and support  writers from underrepresented groups, who have a big idea for a non-fiction book for general readers, that engages with health and being human. 22nd November
  • Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults is open to anyone over the age of 16. 22nd November 2021
  • The Shooter Literary Magazine’s Poetry Competition is open for poetry entries in any style or genre, until November 28th.
  •  Love Letters to London. We want you to tell us why you love this city. Write us up to 500 words around the theme of “recovery and resilience”. 30 November 2021
  • Broken Sleep Books Seeking submissions of poetry pamphlets 30th November 2021
  • Undiscovered Gems  Seeking short story versions of unpublished books 1st December 2021
  • PFD are running a Queer Fiction Prize for new LGBTQIA+ writers applications open December 2021
  • Lyric Theatre Seeking scripts 5th December 2021
  • The RSL Christopher Bland Prize is an annual award of £10,000 to a debut novelist or non-fiction writer first published aged 50 or over. 10th December 2021
  • Talawa Free Script Reading Service Open to Black writers 15th December 2021
  • VISIBLE Seeking submissions of poetry and prose from writers living with invisible disability 20th December 2021
  • Landmark Prize for Fiction 1st January 2021
  • Unleash Press £1,000 advance and standard contract for one winning manuscript. Novels, short story collections, and creative nonfiction manuscripts are accepted. 5th January 2022
  • The Parracombe Prize 2022 is open for short story entries until 31st January 2022
  • The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2022 is now open Feb 2022
  • The Guernsey International Poetry Competition is open for entries until February 15th, 2022.
  • The 2022 International Rubery Book Award is now open for self-published and independently published books, from all writers, until 31st March 2022.

  • US ServiceScape Short Story Award 30 November 2021
  • US The J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction 30 November 2021
  • US Narrative Fall 2021 Story Contest 30 November 2021
  • US The Masters Review is hosting its first Novel Excerpt Contest 30 November 2021
  • US Writers from North Carolina and its border states — Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia — are invited to enter their work in four categories: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash. 1st December 2021
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Submissions 17th December 2021
  • 2022 Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction – Black Entry 20th December 2021
  • US ‘Awake’ Submission (A Digital Zine for Black Authors) 12th January 2022
  • US – The 2022 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. January 2022
  • US We are looking for previously unpublished, CHARACTER-DRIVEN fictional short stories written by Black women writers. 31st January 2022
  • US Waxing and Waning The Blackout Edition 30th January 2022

Meet the Founder: REWRITE Founder Christina Fonthes interviews Kru Patel, CoFounder of BeYou

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At REWRITE we’re about supporting & celebrating Black Women & Women of Colour entrepreneurs. REWRITE Founder, Christina Fonthes, had the opportunity to interview Kru Patel, Co-founder of BeYou.

BeYou is a startup based in Birmingham, UK, that strives to educate and empower women by providing all-natural solutions to those everyday problems. Since being founded by Kru and her brother Hemang in 2018, BeYou has continued to break taboos surrounding periods, women’s health and body positivity by spreading their message of Celebrating 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿™. 

I started using BeYou just under a year ago – recommended by my partner – and it has literally changed my life. Being an entrepreneur is exhausting at the best of times; I’m one of those women who cannot function during menstruation, which isn’t ideal when you have a business like REWRITE to run! The BeYou patches have made my personal and business life tons better; I’ve not had to cancel important meetings or classes, and I love that they are 100% natural. The folk at BeYou are currently offering free hand sanitisers with their parcels, so go get you some! Visit them on Instagram @beyouperiod and at their website. Tell them we sent you with code: REWRITE_15. Read on for the interview.

CF: What is your story? How did you become the Founder of this ground-breaking product?

I’m very close to my younger brother and I’ve always said that he’s the genius in the family… so the credit really goes to him! During my first job out of university, I was on my period at work and as I avoid taking pills where possible, I went and grabbed a hot water bottle. One of the guys on the sales floor saw me walking back to my desk with it and abruptly told me that I wasn’t allowed to have my hot water bottle in the office as it looked ‘unprofessional’. I understood to an extent, but I was in serious pain that day and felt furious at the reaction I had just received! I was severely cramping, and my insides were literally falling out, I couldn’t help but feel disadvantaged as a woman! Later, I called my brother to have a vent and ended up crying down the phone! That’s when he made the point, ”It’s not like you can help it! Guys can use literally anything in the office, even when it’s self-inflicted, so why shouldn’t a woman be allowed to use a hot water bottle to help with something which is natural?” He actually got it!

Many women really suffer monthly but feel that there is the stigma attached to being seen with hot water bottles or to even mention a period!

He started doing some research to find a natural solution that could help period cramps (he was working at Google at the time) and it turns out it’s a problem in most workplaces. Many women really suffer monthly but feel that there is the stigma attached to being seen with hot water bottles or to even mention a period! But then how is it men feel they can mention it openly? How many times have you sarcastically heard “Is it that time of the month?” We could get into so many debates surrounding the period stigma. My brother reached out to a friend of his in India and together they came up with the BeYou patches. My brother is the co-founder of BeYou, and a real innovator when it comes to noticing problems and thinking of creative ways to solve them.

Kru Patel, Co-founder of BeYou
CF: How difficult was it to go from idea to inception? Were you working a full-time job; did you have prior business knowledge or experience?

Working with a sibling means a lot of the pressure is taken off just one person. My brother really spearheads this business and so I am still able to work on my full-time job as a marketing manager in a pharmaceutical company. This is an advantage for us to be able to see what gaps there are in the market to help more women. My background is in marketing and my brother’s is in being a genius.

CF: What was the biggest challenge you faced or are still facing as a businesswoman?

I wouldn’t say that I personally face an issue, I think the entire female industry does. The biggest challenge we face is breaking taboos and having conversations we’ve been suppressed to have over generations. Simple topics like a period, which has been a part of the female anatomy since the beginning of time should be a normal, open part of life by now! Whilst we have a long way to go, I feel that we are making progress in baby steps. I saw this quote which really hit home and overwhelmed me with a huge sense of appreciation:

“I am the first woman in my lineage with the freedom of choice, to craft her future whichever I choose, say what is on my mind when I want to, without a whip of the lash, there are hundreds of firsts I am thankful for, that my mother and her mother and her mother before did not have the privilege of feeling. What an honour. To be the first woman in the family who gets to taste her desires. No wonder I’m starving to fill up on this life, I have generations of bellies to eat for. The grandmothers must be howling with laughter, huddled around a mud stove in the afterlife. How wild it must be for them to see one of their own living so boldly!”

Whilst there is a long way to go for women to have equal, open opportunities I feel men also need educating from the beginning for this to happen. I am extremely lucky to have a sibling of the opposite sex who understands feminism, and the brand really is upheld by this and our beliefs.

CF: As a businesswoman myself, I’ve often felt imposter syndrome – have you experienced anything like that and how have you dealt with it?

Of course. Imposter syndrome is common amongst both men and women. I think women are just more open about it now. Because of the traditional ‘male-dominated’ business world, it’s normal to feel that we may not be good enough for the position we find ourselves in, but I feel that this is what will drive us to go further, push boundaries and prove to the industry we are just as successful. I try to practice mindfulness. So every day I will list 3 things I am grateful for and 3 things I want to achieve (I don’t write this down I tend to just keep this in my head but I know my brother does this religiously too). It really helps to put things into perspective.

CF: We see images of ‘boss women’ living lavish lives, holidaying in Dubai, but very little is said about the amount of time that goes into running a business, particularly in the first year (I’m still catching up on sleep from 2 years ago!).  How do you manage your time & how do you avoid burnout?

I try not to look on social media for inspiration on these “boss women” as I feel it can be soul-destroying at times and I don’t feel that it is very inclusive! I have to remind myself that what I see on social media may or may not be the real story, and it’s also so different from the message we are trying to portray through the BeYou brand. My brother is probably more experienced with burnout. As he works on this daily with a very small team of people, workload can be extremely demanding.  I can speak on his behalf that sleep had definitely become secondary! I know that he schedules in work into a diary and sticks to it. Keeping fit is generally also a really big part of our lives and so this also helps to stay fresh and keep the mind ticking. I am 6 months pregnant now so I’m actually making the most of my sleep!

CF: What is the 1 thing you wish you’d known before starting the business?

The challenge of getting sceptical females on board with trying something new. Within this industry, there are so many fad products that don’t actually do what they say on the tin. Ours is a product that actually works meant that we had to rely on word of mouth to get things going initially. We are super grateful for those early adopters of the product as many of these ladies are now brand ambassadors!

CF: What 3 tips would you give to women of colour who want to start their own businesses?
  1. Have a solid support structure around you there will be tough times but with a trusting team/partner you will feel less like a fish out of water.
  2. Don’t give up on the first ‘no’. If you believe in your brand/product then push forward.
  3. Support other women! I believe if we stand together we will become a strong web of working women that will become difficult to tear down.