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2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award - Call for Submission


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We are requesting submissions for the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (see below for details).

Submission deadline extended to

December 10, 2012

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award is the first national award presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of Black writers. This award, consists of prizes for the highest quality writing in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

If you have any questions please send an email to info@hurstonwright.org.



Elizabeth Williams

VP Programs & Communications


  • Writers must be of African descent; Black writers from any area of the diaspora.
  • Full-length books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, collections of short stories, and collections of essays by one author only are eligible.
  • Paperback originals are eligible.
  • Works must have been published in the United States or must be U.S. editions of foreign books published for the first time in the United States.
  • Self-published authors are eligible.
  • An English translation of a book originally written in another language is eligible.
  • All books submitted for consideration must have a publication date between January and December of the calendar year in which the application is being submitted.
  • Bound galleys may be submitted.
  • Authors that have previously won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, or any other award are eligible.
  • Anthologies containing works written by multiple authors are not eligible.
  • Poetry books less than 50 pages are not eligible.
  • A reprint of a book published in a previous year is not eligible.
  • Board members and staff of the Hurston/Wright Foundation are not eligible for consideration of this award.


  • Fiction: Debut Novel, Novel, Novella, or Short Story Collection

  • Nonfiction: Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, History, Social Issues, or Literary Criticism

  • Poetry: Books in Verse, Pros Poetry, Formal Verse, or Experimental Verse

Submission Requirements

  • Include with each application a $25 nonrefundable application fee (in the form of a money order or check only).
  • Books must be submitted by the publishing companies only with the exception of self-published authors.
  • For full consideration however, permission of the author must be granted.
  • The author of a Legacy nominated book or a representative is expected to attend the awards ceremony.
  • Each publishing company will be required to designate one person to coordinate all Hurston/Wright Legacy Award related matters with the Foundation.
  • The Hurston/Wright Foundation reserves the right to request that publishers submit specific titles to be considered for nomination.

Submission deadline extended to

December 10, 2012

How To Apply

Download and complete an entry form

Mail the entry form along with four copies of each title submitted and a $25 money order per title submitted to:

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

12138 Central Avenue, Suite 953

Bowie, MD 20721

Books not accompanied by the proper documentation will not be considered.

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