BCALA’s 2019 SELF-PUBLISHING LITERARY AWARDS (powered by SELF-e)
The Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) honors the best self-published e-books by an African American author in the U.S. in the following genres: Fiction and Poetry.
ATTENTION: If your book is not in one of these genres, you can still submit to SELF-e using our
The judging committee will be comprised of a BCALA-appointed panel. They will select one winner in each genre.
Each genre prize Winner shall receive $500.00.
- Two (2) $500.00 awards: one for adult fiction, one for adult poetry;
- Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards;
- BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in marketing.
Entries must have been written by an African American author born in the U.S. The competition is open to all English-language self-published e-books for which the author is the copyright holder of the Work, and holds the rights to digital distribution. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance; and must be an original work.
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 final submission date is February 28, 2020. The awards will be presented in Tulsa, OK during 11th National Conference of African American Librarians in August 2020. Authors will be advised of the Literary Award Committee’s decision in advance of the annual conference.
Works must be published in 2019.
The submission process takes about 10 minutes.
(1) VIEW AND ACCEPT THE TERMS OF AGREEMENT
After accepting terms and conditions and entering the BCALA Self-Publishing Literary Awards contest, you will then be able to opt-in to make your e-book(s) available in your state’s public libraries in addition to being considered for the Library Journal-curated SELF-e modules.
(2) PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION
Enter a few basic items of information, including your Name, Local Library, and Email Address.
(3) SUBMIT YOUR FILE
We currently accept e-books in ePub2 and ePub3 formats, as well as PDF (authors can submit Print-on-Demand files if they are in PDF). We are currently only accepting e-books published in English.
(4) ENTER BASIC METADATA
We use this information to manage the curation process, manage the judging process and to help readers discover your e-book once it is available to patrons.
It’s that easy!
2019 BCALA E-BOOK LITERARY AWARDS COMMITTEE
Tiffany A. Duck, Chair
Stacy K. Brooks
Brenda Spencer Robertson