In past years, the Phillis Wheatley Award was given as an honor to authors like Maya Angelou, Gordon Parks and Terry McMillan for their body of work. Categories for the new award include debut novel, children’s books and more. There is no entry fee for submissions for this year’s awards. Winners will be announced at the QBR Book Awards Show at the Harlem Book Fair in New York City.
If you have a 2012 title and would like to apply, you can get a submission form here. From the release: “Submission forms may be mailed with books or emailed in advance of books to wheatleyawards@QBR.com. Please include the category name and category number on each submission form. You may submit more than one title per category. A separate entry form must be completed for each submission.”
Please spread the word about this new award. You can also nominate authors for consideration here. Submissions deadline is June 15.