A prize of $10,000 will be given in alternating years for a poetry collection or a novel by an author whose work “has demonstrated a commitment to social justice in America and/or the world.” This year the award will be given for a book of fiction. The winner will also participate in a two-week reading tour (either in-person or virtually, as public health allows) of Missouri colleges, universities, and libraries. Submit a novel published in 2021 or 2022 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Kansas City Public Library, Maya Angelou Book Award, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. (816) 701-3683. Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services.