The African Literature Association is currently accepting nominations for the following awards. Please note the deadlines and that all nominations and materials should be addressed to Professor Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi at the specified address. The awards will be presented at the ALA 42nd Annual Conference, held April 6-9, 2015 in Atlanta, USA. Graduate Student Best Essay Award    (Deadline: August 31, 2015) 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 2015). (The expectation is that authors have had the benefit of comments at the conference and have revised the paper). Send by email to jmphd@ncsu.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 2015 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: August 31, 2015) For an outstanding book of African literature, whether novel, non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection, published in the preceding calendar year (2014) by an African writer.  Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send an author bio, one-page book description, and 5 copies to: Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, ALA Awards, Department of English, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-8105 Book of the Year Award – Scholarship   (Deadline: August 31, 2015) For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year (2014). 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: Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, ALA Awards, Department of English, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-8105 First Book Award – Scholarship  (Deadline: August 31, 2015) For an outstanding book in African literary studies, which is the first book by the author, and published in the preceding calendar year (2014). 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: Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, ALA Awards, Department of English, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-8105 Best Article Award  (Deadline: August 31, 2015) For an outstanding article in African literary studies published in a major peer-reviewed journal in the preceding calendar year (2014). Authors must be current members of the ALA. Authors or their publishers can make nominations. Send a pdf copy to: jmphd@ncsu.edu Best Article Award  (Deadline: August 31, 2015) For an outstanding article in African...