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Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

3 December 2016

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

Deadline December 16, 2016 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards four prizes of $500 for books of fiction, nonfiction, first novel, and poetry written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora”. Must be nominated by the publisher. Sets and multi-volume works are eligible but inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are not. Send hard copy to each member of the judging committee, along with all available information regarding the submission (e.g., promotional material, author biography, available news articles, and reviews).

Contest Basics

Sponsored By:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Guidelines URL:


Black Caucus of the American Library Association
P.O. Box 5837
Chicago, Illinois 60680
United States

Contest Status:


Recommendation Level:


Poetry Contest Type:

Published Poetry Book

Prose Contest Type:

Published Prose Book

Fiction, nonfiction, and first novel



Deadline Type:

Received By Deadline

Deadline Comment:

“2017” contest has a 2016 deadline. Note the new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 18).

Contest Frequency:


Top Award:


Top Award Comments:

$500 in each genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and first novel)

Other Awards:

Honor Book citations may also be awarded in each category. In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation is awarded. (These citations are awarded without any accompanying remuneration.)

Publication of Winners:


Entry Details


No Restrictions


Entries “must portray some aspect of the African-American experience past, present, or future”. BCALA presents four monetary awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novel, and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

– The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.

– The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences, and reference.)

– The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time African-American fiction writer.

– The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Length Limit:


Unpublished Submissions:


Exclusive Submissions:


Submission Methods:

Postal Mail Only

Other Restrictions:

Must be submitted by publisher. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Eligibility Details

Experience Level:

Authors with Published Books

Geographic Eligibility:

US Only

Geographic Eligibility Comments:

All authors, editors, and contributors must be African-American(s) born in the United States, and books must have been published in the US during the current calendar year.

Gender/Ethnic Eligibility:

Black Authors Only

Age of Entrant:

No Restriction

Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:

Books must be sent to the individual judges’ addresses, NOT to the BCALA office.

Contest Background

Sponsor Details:

BCALA’s purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association (ALA) the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the ALA actions on the needs of Black librarians that will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions.

These awards acknowledge outstanding literary works for adult audiences by African-American authors. Recipients of this award offer compelling depictions of the cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Contest Judges:

See for a list of the judges.

Recent Winners:

(Contest year is designated based on when prizes are awarded, which is the year after the deadline.)

Fiction: Toni Morrison, ‘God Help the Child’
Nonfiction: Pamela Newkirk, ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga’
First Novel: Angela Flournoy, ‘The Turner House’
Poetry: Nate Marshall, ‘Wild Hundreds’

Fiction: Lalita Tademy, ‘Citizens Creek: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Jeffrey B. Leak, ‘Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas’
First Novel: Dwayne Alexander Smith, ‘Forty Acres: A Thriller’
Poetry: Kevin Young, ‘Books of Hours: Poems’

Fiction: James McBride, ‘The Good Lord Bird: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Craig Steven Wilder, ‘Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities’
First Novel: Edward Kelsey Moore, ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel’
Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, ‘Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid’

Winners Notified:


Contest Established:


Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000

25 April 2016

Prize Guidelines

A prize of $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016 that, in the opinion of the jury, is the year’s best book of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Titles must be published in Canada between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Books that are not yet in final published form by the final deadline of July 27 may be submitted as bound galleys.
  • Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book.
  • Translations from other languages into English are eligible and will be considered in the year in which the English translation is published. In the event of a translation winning the prize, the prize money will be divided as follows: $45,000 to the author, $15,000 to the translator.
  • To be eligible publishing houses must have a professional editorial process independent from the authors whose books are submitted for consideration. They must not charge authors for publishing their works.
  • All books must have an ISBN number and be available in Canadian bookstores.
  • Titles may be single-authored or co-authored. Multi-authored collections, anthologies, and conference proceedings are not eligible.
  • Self-published books are not eligible.
  • Ghostwritten books are not eligible.
  • No more than 20% of the manuscript can have previously been published in book form.
  • Books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible.
  • Publishers should note that the prize is for literary excellence; they should only submit books deemed outstanding in this regard.

Nomination Process

The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 1: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
For books published between September 18, 2015 and March 22, 2016

Deadline 2: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 
For books published between March 23, 2016 and May 24, 2016

*Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 
For books published between May 25, 2016 and September 30, 2016

Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit books prior to the deadlines. Submissions upon release of titles are appreciated. If a publisher, for any reason whatsoever, feels they cannot submit titles in accordance with the above schedule it is requested that they contact the Program Manager to discuss the possibility of an extension.

Number of Submissions

All Canadian-based publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books; companies publishing more than ten eligible nonfiction titles may add one book for every additional ten eligible books (or fraction thereof) on their nonfiction list, up to a maximum of five. See the chart below for reference.

Books Published:  Eligible to Submit:
10 or fewer 2
11 – 20 3
21 – 30 4
31 or more 5


Required Materials

The following must be submitted by the final deadline on July 27, 2016:

  • Five copies of each eligible title in book form; or three bound galleys, with at least two copies of the finished book to be received by the Writers’ Trust upon publication
  • A Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction submission form listing all submitted titles and planned submissions sent with the first shipment of books (do not send multiple copies unless you make changes to your submission plans)
  • Publishers submitting more than two titles must provide a list of all titles published during the calendar year on which that publisher’s eligibility is based. This list should include authors, titles, and dates of publication.
  • Electronic images of the author and book cover suitable for reproduction in print materials – please name each file as follows: “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_FirstName” and “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_BookTitle”. Contact the Program Manager for instructions on sending large images.


Jury Composition

The finalists of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction are chosen by a three-person jury. Each juror may request an unlimited number of additional titles from a publisher’s list. Such titles are on equal footing with all other submissions, provided that their publishers agree to abide by the conditions laid out in this document. The jury acts independently of the Writers’ Trust and is charged with interpreting the mandate and eligibility criteria of the prize, as well as determining which of the submissions best reflect the prize mandate. In evaluating the writing, literary merit is the sole criteria. The judgment of the jury in selecting the winners, determining eligibility, and interpreting these rules is final.

Announcement of Nominees & Winners

The list of finalist authors will be announced in September 2016 and the award will be presented in November 2016 at an event in Toronto.

Publisher Obligations

If an author is a finalist the publisher will agree to:

  • Supply the Writers’ Trust with 18 additional copies of the shortlisted book for publicity.
  • Affix stickers provided by the Writers’ Trust to all outgoing copies of the current edition of the finalist and winning books and include prize sticker artwork on any subsequent editions.
  • Participate in promotion and publicity efforts undertaken by the Writers’ Trust and stress the importance of this with their authors.

Send submissions to:

Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 – 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 1Y1

Visit the website:

The Strongest Start Book Competition 2016

25 April 2016

Submit the first three chapters of your novel. Grand prize award of:

  • A critique of the three chapters by star editor Anita Mumm.
  • A guaranteed read of the winning manuscript by Lisa Gus, the managing partner of Curiosity Quills Press.
  • The opportunity of having Chandler, a Hall of Fame Amazon reviewer, read and leave a review of your book when it is published. Chandler is also a contest judge.
  • $200 cash.
  • Free extra year of membership on TheNextBigWriter, valued at $69.95.
  • The ability to use the Strongest Start logo on your book (when it is published).

  Two runner-ups will receive:

  • $100 in cash.
  • Free extra three months of Premium Membership on TheNextBigWriter valued at $21.95.
  • The ability to use the Strongest Start logo on your book (when it is published).

Everyone who enters receives feedback, motivation, and advice.

Keep Us Reading

We know that writing a compelling start isn’t easy. So, for the eighth year we’ve put together a motivational competition to help you hone your first three chapters to perfection (if you haven’t already). We’re looking for opening chapters that will create a burning need to find out what happens, how the characters turn out, how the novel resolves itself. The kind of start that gets an agent to call back, a publisher to show interest, and a reader to plunk down their hard earned money. Above all, give us three opening chapters that will keep us reading.

Submission deadline: June 3, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


1 February 2015


For a novel or collection of short fiction published in 2014.

$1,000 award.

Deadline April 1, 2015.

For details, visit:

32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition

20 March 2014

Visit for complete rules and entry form. Entries are open from February 1 to May 1, 2014 and may be submitted after May 1 until May 15 with payment of a late fee.

Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014


Fiction, Non-fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry

Entry Fees:

Poetry: $10 for SouthWest Writers members, $20 for all other entrants.
All entries except poetry: $20 for SouthWest Writers members, $30 for all other entrants.

For an additional $20 for poetry entries or $25 for all other entries, you’ll be entered in the contest but also receive a critique of your entry.

Late entries through May 15th accepted with a late fee.


A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winner will be judged in each of the 10 categories.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $150

Winners will be notified in August 2014. Winners’ names will be posted on the Southwest Writer website at or about the same time.


The 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry.

Winners are selected by agents or editors unaffiliated with SouthWest Writers. First place winning entries in prior SWW contests may not be resubmitted for judging in 2014.

Contact Information:


SouthWest Writers
Carlisle Executive Offices
3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 114
Albuquerque, NM 87110


2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Call for Entries – Over $10,000 in Monetary prizes, 60 categories

2 February 2013

Call for Entries for 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards at

Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2012 or 2013 or with a 2012 or 2013 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

It offers 60 Categories – More than 60 Awards – with over 60 monetary prizes totaling more than $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

Entry Deadline for the 2013 awards program – February 22, 2013.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest NOT-FOR-PROFIT book Awards program for independent authors and publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, recognition and exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!

Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession and we encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!


Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

– $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book

– $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book

– $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book

– $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book

– $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book

– $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book

 $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 60 categories

– Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to four finalists in each of the 60 categories


Finalists and Winners will also receive:

– An invitation to the gala awards ceremony held at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City in June 2013

– A listing in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!

– Exposure for a full year at  as a Winner or Finalist.

– The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.

– Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

PLUS , the top 60 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

“Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry,” notes Marilyn Allen. “Finally, an award program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. Our agency represents over 100 authors and we’re always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 60 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve.”

All Finalists and Winners will be notified prior to May 30, 2013.


The 2013 entry fee is $75 per title for the first category entered. Plus, there is a $50 fee for each additional category entered. For example, if you enter one book in one category, the total fee is $75. However, if you enter one book in three categories, the total fee is $175 ($75 for the first category plus $50 for the second category plus $50 for the third category).

ENTRY GUIDELINES AND CATEGORIES: For complete entry guidelines AND to see a list of the 60 categories you can enter go to:

ONLINE ENTRY FORM: To enter online now go to 

Deep Sea Publishing Writing Contests

24 November 2012

Deep Sea Publishing is announcing several new contests!

To find out more about these contests, go to

Authors’ Contest: Deep Sea Publishing is announcing a new contest for authors.   DMT will select a minimum of  5 authors to publish free of charge. Winners will be announced on this website on January 31, 2013.  The publication goal is to have all authors published by May 15, 2013.  Valued at over $1,000, this is a dream offer to first-time or seasoned authors.   The winners receive:

  • paperback book up to 450 pages (in 5 x 8 format) published free of charge;
  • e-book published free of charge;
  • 2 ISBN’s (one for paperback and one for e-book);
  • free deluxe book cover design;
  • free book editing, proofing, and formatting;
  • 10 copies in paperback form;
  • low-cost copies for the author whenever more copies are desired;
  • book listed and sold on (paperback and e-book), (e-book), and others;
  • book listed and sold on Deep Sea website;
  • author webpage on Deep Sea website;
  • book webpage on Deep Sea website;
  • social media advertizing on Facebook and Twitter;
  • advertizing on other channels.
  • Entrance fee: $5
  • Submittal deadline is: January 15, 2013. Early submittal is encouraged.

Check out all details at:

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS:  Deep Sea Publishing is going to have a contest for your reading, English and literature classrooms. We will be looking for great, well-written stories written collectively by students in class. Starting December 1, 2012 for high school reading and literature classrooms. Check out our link for more details:

Young Adult Authors: DSP is launching a contest just for you. Find out more details at: . The deadline for all entries is  9:00 pm EST,  February 28, 2013.   The award winner will be announced by March 17, 2013.  Early entrance is suggested.

Free Books:   Deep Sea Publishing gives away free copies of its books every month.   To enter the book contest, register (subscribe) at this site or send an email to and put Free Book in the subject or body of the email.

Deep Sea Publishing had a number of winners for its free book give-aways. People like Anna Jones of Midlothian, Virginia, Blake Kaplan of Gautier, Mississippi, and Meredith Booker of Sarasota, Florida won free copies of The Bryant Family Chronicles: Death and Gold in Zara Zote.  You can also check for free books on our Facebook page:!/pages/Deep-Sea-Publishing/192930410753256 or on Twitter: @DeepSeaPublish .    Free shipping is only within the USA.  See more information plus our prize puzzles at our prize page: a good crossword puzzle, here’s one for our readers:

The Black Mountain Press Literary Contest

25 October 2012
The Asheville Award by the Black Mountain Press
The Asheville Award is a twice  annual international competition offering $500 plus publication by the Black Mountain Press for a book length poetry, and novel or collection of short stories. Manuscripts are accepted for review this year by June 15th and October 19th. The winner will be announced 90 days after the deadline and the book and author will be featured in the Black Mountain Press website along with a list of finalists.
 Contest Deadlines: October 19th, 2012 and May 17th 2013
Winners announced:  Jan. 31st 2013- and July 2013
Award: $500 and publication by the Black Mountain Press
Entry Fee: $25 check or money order only.
 Send manuscripts or 48 or more pages of poetry, a novel or collection of short stories, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12pt type in an easily readable font. Work may have appeared in journals, magazines, or chapbooks, but not in full-length, single author collections.
 Your name address, phone number, e-mail address, and title of work must appear on the cover page only. This will be a blind judging so author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript except on the cover letter. There is no restriction on content, style or subject, we are just looking for the best manuscripts.
 All checks or money orders for the reading fee of $25, must be made payable to: Courtyard Agency, who will be responsible for the judging. Add $10 if you would like a sample publication. Submissions without this reading fee will not be considered. A $40 fee will be charged for returned checks.
Mailed Entries
If mailed, use white, lightweight paper typed and printed on one side of the paper only, double  spaced and with a 12pt easily readable font. No handwriting should appear anywhere in the manuscript.  All manuscripts should be sent to: The Black Mountain Press, PO Box 9907, Asheville, NC, 28815. Entry fee is $25 for mailed entries made out to the Courtyard Agency.
Emailed Entries.
Guidelines for emailed entries are the same as mailed entries but saved as a .doc or .txt ONLY. All others will be disqualified. NO DOCX!  Electronic manuscripts should be emailed to   Entry fee for emailed entries is $35 to help offset our costs of printing and filing and processing fees of ebay and paypal. You can pay for your entry on ebay here:
Pay for the reading fee first then include the invoice receipt number with your emailed entry.
For all entries: Mail a SASE (number 10 envelope), with sufficient postage for notification of the results of judging. Manuscripts will not be returned and will be recycled. Entries can be mailed or emailed.
For questions about submissions, please email us at: