The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) and BiblioBoard proudly announce the winners of the 2017 Self-Publishing Literary Awards.
Winner — On Life
By Jacqueline Nicole Harris
Author from North Chicago Public Library
Following the model of the current BCALA Literary Awards, the contest honors the best self-published eBooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S. This is the second time BCALA and Biblioboard have given this innovative award, which honors two marginalized voices in literature: African Americans and independent authors.
The recipients will receive awards during the 2017 National Conference of African American Librarians on August 10 in Atlanta, GA, as well as formal recognition at the 2017 Annual Library Association Conference between June 22 and 27, 2017 in Chicago, IL.
Among the winners of the inaugural awards — which were dedicated to Emanuel AME Church victim and Charleston librarian Cynthia Hurd — was L. Penelope, who has secured a traditional publishing contract with St. Martin’s Press. The contract entails that her award-winning book Song of Blood and Stone: The Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One will be part a four-book series republished in 2018.
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