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Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

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Legacy Awards

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award TM  honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry honorees are selected in a juried competition. Merit awards are given at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Each October, the award winners are celebrated during a gala that draws hundreds of literary stars, readers, and representatives of the publishing industry, the arts, media, politics, and academia.

North Star Winner
Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines

Ella Baker Winner
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Junot Diaz

2016 Legacy Awards Winners

DEBUT FICTION

Faye Debut Fiction

FICTION

Hannaham Fiction

NONFICTION

Newkirk Nonfiction

POETRY

Francis Poetry
2016 Legacy Award Finalists

FICTION

Flournoy Fiction
Phillips Fiction

NONFICTION

Alexander Nonfiction
Horne Nonfiction

POETRY

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Gay Poetry
2016 Legacy Award Nominees

DEBUT FICTION

Jackson, N. Debut Fiction
Obioma Debut Fiction

FICTION

Beatty Fiction
Johnson Fiction
Okparanta Fiction

NONFICTION

Stodghill Nonfiction
Washington Nonfiction
Watkins Nonfiction

POETRY

Hayes Poetry
Jackson, A. Poetry
Lewis Poetry