AAMBC Literary Award’s reveals who’s really worth honoring in Black Lit with this years nominations!

In its 11th 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. This year’s Street Lit category surprisingly was dominated by all women as well as the newest category for Best Podcast. With a list of twenty-four categories from Best Book to Film Adaptation to Literary Activism; it featured new categories for sci-fi writers and podcasts, clearly opening doors for creatives who create outside of books and film.

During this year AAMBC Inc, the powering force behind black writers weekend, will honor 50 urban fiction writers and host a series of events from; book signings, panels and socials, parties, and artists talks. The winners will be announced live during Black Writers Weekend in Atlanta, Ga June 7–9.

Official 2019 AAMBC Literary Award Nominees:

Book Club of the Year

Mocha Girls Read


Well Read Black Girl

For Colored Girls Book Club

Breakout Author of the Year

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi

My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Literary Activists

Troy Johnson

Kima Jones

Yahdon Israel

Danielle Leach

Children Books/YA Author of the Year

Rebound (The Crossover Series) by Kwame Alexander

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi

Vanguard of Urban Media

Hello Beautiful


The Root


Independent Publisher of the Year

13th and Joan

Tiece Presents

Royalty Publishing

Algonquin Books

Magazine of the Year

Impact Magazine

Essence Magazine

Upscale Magazine

Sheen Magazine

Publisher of the Year


Penguin Books

Random House


eBook of the Year

Give Him Back by B.M. Hardin

The Marriage Bed by Lakisha Johnson

A Beauty to His Beast: An Urban Werewolf Story by Natavia

Ethic by Ashley Antoinette

As Long As I’m The Only One by Chenell Parker

Blogger of the Year

Renae Bluitt

Alex Elle

Gabi Gregg

Didi “Brown Girl Reading”

Non- Fiction/Self Help Book of the Year

I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Editor of the Year

Vanessa K. De Luca

Latoya Smith

Sharai Robbin

Lilly Workneh “Blavity”

Yesha Callahan “The ROOT”

Street Lit Writer of the Year

Jade Jones


K.C. Mills

T. Styles


Female Author of the Year

Roxane Gay

Tiffany D. Jackson

Nic Stone

Tayari Jones

Gloria Edim

Male Author of the Year

Derrick D. Barnes

Jason Reynolds

Ron Stallworth

Eric Jerome Dickey

Romance Author of the Year

Kim Cash Tate

Love Belvin

Christina C. Jones

Rochelle Alers

Christian Fiction Author of the Year

Kimberla Lawson Roby

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Michelle Stimpson

Lakisha Johnson

Tiffany L. Warren

Motion Picture of the Year

Blank Panther

That Hate U Give

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Creed II

Screenwriter of the Year

Lena Waithe “The Chi”

Natalie Baszile “Queen Sugar”

Barry Jenkins “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Joe Robert Cole, “Black Panther”

Ryan Coogler “Creed II”

Reader’s Choice Award


Jade Jones

B.M. Hardin

Angie Thomas

Michelle Obama

Television Show of the Year


Love Is


Queen Sugar

Best Book to Screen Adaptation

A Wrinkle in Time

Nappily Every After

Beale Street


The Hate U Give

Best Podcast

Rants and Randomness

Hey, girl with Alex Elle

2 Dope Queens

Mattie James

Urban Book of the Year

Love Lost by Porsha Deun

I Need; I Want by Bill Liggins

She Was a Friend of Mine 6 by Jasheem Wilson

Revenge: Urban Love Story by J Brinkle

Sci Fi/Fantasy Writer of the Year

Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories by N. K. Jemisin

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