"Our mission at the AAMBC Literary Award Show is to celebrate and honor the diverse voices of authors from various backgrounds and genres. We strive to recognize the exceptional literary achievements of these writers, while promoting literacy and fostering a love for reading within our communities. Through our platform, we aim to inspire and empower aspiring writers to pursue their passion for storytelling, and to create a space where literature can flourish and make a meaningful impact in the world."

About Black Writers Weekend

First established in 2008 as an award show called the AAMBC Awards, it is now a four-day weekend. Attendees will enjoy panels, workshops, author signings and our celebratory book bash, movie screenings, along with the formal awards gala positioned as the highlight of the weekend. This weekend was designed specifically for readers and writers of all genres, genders, and ages,” Newhouse says. “We wanted this to be a true celebration of literary achievement in every area imaginable.”

Since its inception in 2008, the festival has been held in several locations; Baltimore, Chicago, San Antonio, and finally found a home in Atlanta in 2014. The festival is the nation’s only entertainment award show and gathering for black creatives in publishing, film and TV enthusiasts, with approximately 1,500 attendees. The weekend takes place in Atlanta, GA.