African American

Literary Awards

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Entry Fee: 
December 31, 2019

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in the United States in the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.” Publishers may nominate books published in 2019 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom books should be sent.

Poetry Prize

Cave Canem Foundation
Entry Fee: 
March 29, 2019
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a Black poet of African descent. Evie Shockley will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by March 29. Visit the website for complete guidelines.


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