Deadline: February 28, 2022

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), in partnership with Biblioboard, is accepting awards for the 2022 Self-Publishing Literary Award.

Each year, BCALA honors the two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books that depict “cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.”


  • $2,500.00 Award
  • Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards
  • BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in 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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VoW Research
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