The African Literature Association is currently accepting nominations for the following awards. The awards will be presented at the ALA Conference from May 23-27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Graduate Student Best Essay Award (Deadline: July 31, 2017)
For an outstanding paper in African literary studies by a graduate student. Authors must be current members of the ALA. The paper must have been presented at the preceding ALA conference (i.e. in 2017). (The expectation is that authors have had the benefit of comments at the conference and have revised the paper).
Send by email to cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu, the following:
(1) the paper and an abstract, in Word document, with no name or any other identifying mark anywhere;
(2) a pdf file of the 2017 ALA conference Program page showing the panel in which the paper was presented
(3) CV and bio

Book of the Year Award—Creative Writing (Deadline:  July 31, 2017)
For an outstanding book of African literature, whether novel, non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection, published in the preceding calendar year (2016) by an African writer. Authors must be current members of the ALA. Authors or their publishers can make nominations.
Send an author bio, one-page book description, and 5 copies to:

James McCorkle, Africana Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
mccorkle@hws.edu

Book of the Year Award—Scholarship (Deadline:  July 31, 2017)
For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year (2016). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Book must be published by a reputable peer-reviewed press. Authors or their publishers can make nominations.
Send an author bio, one-page book abstract, and 5 copies to:

James McCorkle, Africana Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
mccorkle@hws.edu

First Book Award—Scholarship (Deadline: July 31, 2017)
For an outstanding book in African literary studies, which is the first book by the author, and published in the preceding calendar year (2016). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Book must be published by a reputable peer-reviewed press. Authors or their publishers can make nominations.
Send an author bio, one-page book abstract, and 5 copies to:

James McCorkle, Africana Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
mccorkle@hws.edu

Abioseh Porter Best Article Award (Deadline: July 31, 2017)
For an outstanding article in African literary studies published in a major peer-reviewed journal in the preceding calendar year (2016). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Authors or their publishers can make nominations.
Send a pdf copy to: cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu

Best Short Story Award (Deadline:  July 31, 2017)
For an outstanding African short story published in the preceding calendar year (2016) by an African writer. Authors must be current members of the ALA. Authors or their publishers can make nominations.
Send a pdf copy to: cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu

Fonlon-Nichols Award (Deadline: October 31, 2017)
For excellence in creative writing and contributions to the struggle for human rights and freedom  of expression. It is given every year to an African writer. The Award was established in 1992 to honor Bernard Fonlon and Lee Nichols for their contributions to both African literature and the freedom of expression. Authors cannot nominate themselves, and neither can their publishers nominate them.
Send nominations as email document attachments to: cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu
Please note: The nomination statement should contain:
(1) a biographical profile of the nominee
(2) a detailed justification for  the nomination. This should not be more than 2 single-spaced or 4 double-spaced pages

ALA Distinguished Member Award (Deadline: October 31, 2017)
For outstanding record of service to the ALA and commitment to teaching and scholarship in African literature. By nomination only. Nominees must have distinguished themselves over the years in service to the ALA, and commitment to teaching and scholarship in, and promotion of, African literature. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Send nominations as email document attachments to: cilas.kemedjio@rochester.edu
Please note: The nomination statement should contain:
(1) a biographical profile of the nominee
(2) a detailed justification for the nomination. This should not be more than 2 single spaced or 4 double-spaced pages.