2020 AAMBC Awards Winner List

In its 12th year, the nominees for this year’s award season in black publishing have been revealed. The nominations come at a time when the cultural climate has shifted allowing a new wave of writers in publishing and in film to achieve success and break barriers. Due to COVID-19 outbreak the AAMBC Awards was digital this year. The Street Lit category surprisingly was dominated by all women as well as the category for Debut Author of the Year. With a list of twenty-four categories from the Readers Choice Award to Literary Activism; it features new categories for sci-fi writers and podcasts, clearly opening doors for creatives who create outside of books and film.

In a hilarious and interactive social media event, founder Tamika Newhouse, revealed the winners alongside media personality Chanel Hudson. The AAMBC Award show received raving reviews for its candor, diversity and entertainment. The Award Show captured the accolades for many of the industries greats and emerging talents. The full list of literary winners are:

Debut Author of the Year

SLAY by Brittney Morris

Sci Fi Fantasy Writer of the Year

Tomi Adeyemi

Urban Book of the Year

Ethic 6 by Ashley Antoinette

Best Podcast of the Year

The Read

Television Show of the Year

When They See Us

Readers Choice Awards

Tiffany D. Jackson

Screenwriter of the Year

Larry Wilmore, Insecure

Motion Picture of the Year

The Sun Is Also a Star
Christian Fiction Author of the Year

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Book Reviewer of the Year

Brown Girl Reading

Romance Author of the Year

Rebel (Women Who Dare) by Beverly Jenkins

Male Author of the Year

Marlon James

Female Author of the Year

Angie Thomas

Street Lit Writer of the Year

Ashley Antoinette

Editor of the Year

Necole Kane “XO Necole”

Non Fiction / Self Help Author of the Year

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table by Minda Harts

Blogger of the Year

Kish Burries

EBook of the Year

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy Book 1) by Marlon James

Publisher of the Year

Dafina Books

Vanguard of Urban Media

The Shade Room

Children Book/YA of the Year

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry , Vashti Harrison

Literary Activists of the Year

Ola Ronke Akinmowo

Breakout Author of the Year

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

Book Club of the Year

Well Read Black Girl

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