For the second year in a row, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is holding a contest for the Self-Publishing Literary Awards. The awards, which honor the best self-published adult fiction and poetry from African American authors, will be presented to one winner per genre at the annual ALA Conference in Chicago in 2017. Each winner will also receive a $500 cash prize and a BCALA Literary Award seal to use for marketing and promotion.
Last year’s inaugural awards, presented during the 2016 annual ALA Conference in honor of Mother Emanuel Church victim and librarian Cynthia Hurd, marked a milestone for diverse indie authors, as they were the first awards from an ALA affiliate to recognize both digital content and self-published writing.
L. Penelope, the winner of last year’s award in the fiction category, says, “Winning the first BCALA Self-Publishing Ebook award was an incredible honor. All writers seek an audience to resonate with their work, and recognition from a group of librarians is immensely meaningful. My book [Song of Blood and Stone] is now available in hundreds of libraries across the country. New readers are able to discover my work — which is the ultimate goal of any author.”
The deadline for this year’s contest submissions is February 17, 2017. Winners will be announced in March 2017. In addition to being entered into the contest, all submissions will have the opportunity to be made available for library patrons in the same state as the author. For more contest details, see the contest submission page, or read about last year’s awards.
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