Established in 1999, this first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent.
Eligibility: All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by black writers of African descent who have not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press. Authors of chapbooks and self-published books with a maximum print run of 500 may apply. Simultaneous submission to other book awards should be noted: immediate notice upon winning such an award is required. Winner agrees to be present in the continental United States at her or his own expense shortly after the book is published in order to participate in promotional reading(s).
Award: Winner receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press in fall 2016, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading.
Deadline: Manuscripts must be submitted no later than Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Winner announced by email in October 2015.
Entry Fee: $15. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Final Judge: Nikky Finney. (Judge reserves the right not to select a winner or honorable mentions.) More details here.