Nominations are open for the following 2021 ALA awards:
--Book of the Year Award—Creative Writing For an outstanding book of African literature (novel, non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection).
--Book of the Year Award—Scholarship For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year.
--First Book Award—Scholarship For an outstanding book in African literary studies, which is the first book by the author.
--Abioseh Porter Best Article Award For an outstanding article in African literary studies published in a major peer-reviewed journal in the preceding calendar year.
--Best Short Story For an outstanding African short story.
--ALA Distinguished Member Award For outstanding record of service to the ALA and commitment to teaching and scholarship in African literature.
**Each book, article, and short story award comes with a $250 cash prize.
* the book, article, or short story should be published in 2019
* the author must be a member of the African Literature Association at the time of submission
* a short biography of the author and abstract of the book should accompany the submission (sent via e-mailed)
Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send six hard copies of each book and a pdf copy of the article or short story no later than December 15 to:
Director, African Literature Association Headquarters
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, New York 14456
Nominations for the “Distinguished Member Award” should contain: (1) a biographical profile of the nominee and (2) a detailed justification for the nomination. This should not be more than two single spaced or four double-spaced pages. Please email nominations by December 15 to the ALA Vice President, Mohamed Kamara: email@example.com