Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) Self-Publishing Literary Awards. Through this contest, the BCALA honors the best self-published eBooks by an African American author in the U.S. in both fiction and poetry genres.

These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. The purpose is to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical, and social history treatments by African Americans. The judging committee will be comprised of a BCALA-appointed panel, which will select one winner in each genre. Each genre prize winner shall receive: $1,000.00, formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards, and a BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in their marketing.

Submission Rules

Submissions will be accepted through February 28, 2022. The awards will be presented during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D. C. in June 2022. Authors will be advised of the Literary Award Committee’s decision in advance of the annual conference.

This contest is free and open to all self-published authors who meet the requirements. The submission process only takes about 10 minutes, and you are welcome to submit as many of your eBooks as you would like. All eBooks submitted to the contest must be:

  • In the poetry or fiction genres
  • A PDF or an ePUB file
  • In the English language
  • An original work that you own the rights to
  • Written by an African American author born in the U.S.

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