African American

Literary Awards

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Entry Fee: 
December 31, 2020
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 African American writers 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 2020 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.

Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

Cave Canem Foundation
Entry Fee: 
April 17, 2020
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by a Black poet of African descent. Parneshia Jones and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon will judge. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 50 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by April 17. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett reads from her first novel, The Mothers, published in October by Riverhead Books.   from The Mothers In the darkness of the club, you could be alone with your grief. Her father had flung himself into Upper Room. He went to both services...


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