Who received a 2022 AAMBC Literary Award nomination?

In its 14th year, AAMBC’s award season is here. Now being hosted in the month of August during Black Writers Weekend, the AAMBC Literary Awards celebrates a new class of Black Creatives with a vibrant list of nominees.

When you thought Black creative excellence couldn’t get any better, this year’s list of amazing nominees happily proved us all wrong. There was plenty to watch, read, and enjoy thanks to new shows such as Harlem to Independent Book Publishers and Best-selling Authors! While these nominees range from seasoned heavyweights to up-and-coming show stoppers, one thing is for certain — the genius is undeniable!

Without further ado, here are the 2022 AAMBC Literary Award Nominees:

Book Store of the Year

Harriett’s Bookshop

The Lit. Bar

Mahogany Books

Brave + Kind Bookshop

Nubian Books/ Nubian Bookstore

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writer of the Year

Nnedi Okorafor, “Akata Woman”

Tracy Deonn, “Legendborn”

Rebecca Roanhorse, “Fevered Star”

Phoenix Williams, “Complete Savage: The Deviant Crew”

Tiya Rayne, “Priest”

Screenwriter of the Year

Ashley Nicole Black

Amy Aniobi

Ava DuVernay

Dewayne Perkins

Mike Gauyo

Motion Picture of the Year

Coming 2 America


King Richard

My Name Is Pauli Murray

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Christian Fiction Author of the Year

Brenda Barrett

Natasha D. Frazier

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Sarah Jakes Roberts

Yvonne Orji

Street Lit Writer of the Year

Jahquel J.


Mz. Lady P


Sa’id Salaam

Blogger of the Year

Alex Elle

LaToya Forever

Mattie James

Melanated Reader

Shanicia Boswell

Children Books & YA Author of the Year

Amanda Gorman, “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem”

Echo Brown, “The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey”

Nicole D. Collier, “Just Right Jillian”

Alicia D. Williams, “Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston”

Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson, “The 1619 Project: Born in the Water”

Literary Activists of the Year

Erica Thomas

Kima Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Stacey Abrams

Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Book Club of the Year

Mocha Girls Read

Noname’s Book Club

Sistah Minds in Motion

Bring Your Own Book Club, LLC

Black Men Read

Debut Author of the Year

Charmaine Wilkerson, Black Cake

Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl

Yasmin Angoe, Her Name Is Knight

Robert Jones Jr., The Prophets

Nancy Johnson, The Kindest Lie

Best Podcast

Therapy For Black Girls, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

85 South Show with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly, and Chico Bean

We Said What We Said, Rickey Thompson and Denzel Dion

Jemele Hill is Unbothered Podcast, Jemele Hill

Here Wee Read Podcast with Charnaie Gordon

Female Author of the Year

Tia Williams

Sadeqa Johnson

Tiffany D. Jackson

Vanessa Riley

Victoria Christopher Murray

Publisher of the Year

Dafina Books

Harper Collins

Penguin Books

Penguin Random House

Random House

Urban Books

Vanguard of Urban Media




We Need Diverse Books

The Shade Room

eBook of the Year

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

In Every Mirror She’s Black: by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Her Heart My Soul 2: China & Keem by K. Renee

While Justice Sleeps: A Novel by Stacey Abrams

Romance Author of the Year

Tia Williams

Kimberly Brown

Christina C. Jones

Ashantay Keys

Beverly Jenkins

Non- Fiction/Self Help Book of the Year

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert

Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown

How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged by Kimberly Jones

Vice President Kamala Harris: Her Path to the White House by Malaika Adero

Male Author of the Year

Jabari Asim

Colson Whitehead

Carl Weber

Jason Reynolds

Derrick Barnes

Book Reviewer of the Year

Melanated Reader

Cyrus Webb

Brown Girl Reading

Queenie Clem

Wesley Morris

Television Show of the Year

Abbott Elementary




The Ms. Pat Show

Urban Book of the Year

Life After Death by Sister Souljah

My G by Natavia

Conflict Of Interest 2 by Chenell Parker

The Education of Nevada Duncan (Family Business) by Carl Weber with C. N. Phillips

Married To The Don of New Orleans by Miss Jazzie

Editor of the Year

Chris Jackson

Danielle Canada

Khloe Cain

Tia Ross

Todd Hunter

Audio Book of the Year

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown

Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life by Sarah Jakes Roberts

Will by Will Smith with Mark Manson

My Dear Friend Janet by Keke Palmer with Jasmine Guillory

In Every Mirror She’s Black: by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström

Independent Book Publisher of the Year

Urban Books Media

13th & Joan

Cole Hart

OneWorld Publications

B. Love Publications

Magazine of the Year




Black Enterprise


A huge congratulations to all of these spectacular nominees! Now for the hard part — to choose a winner!

Vote for your favorites by June 15, 2022 and see the winners announced live at the 2022 AAMBC Literary Awards on August 7, 2022, at Frame 88 Studios in Doraville, Georgia. #WeAreLit and you can be, too. Come join us!

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