Octavia E. Butler Awards and NBWC Symposium

Author and editor Sheree Renée Thomas and writer Jewell Parker Rhodes are the recipients of this year’s Octavia E. Butler Awards, presented by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

They will be honored at the National Black Writers Biennial Conference, to be held March 31 – April 1, 2023 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn NY. The event is focused on “DIASPORIC VISIONS: A CELEBRATION OF BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION.” Other guests include Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, L. Penelope, and Wayétu Moore.

The event has also announced a call for papers:

Students, cultural critics, readers, writers, literary activists, and scholars are encouraged to submit proposals on papers that examine one of the following themes:

• Narratives of Black speculative fiction in print and film.

• Speculative fiction centered on Africa as the background or setting.

• Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry related to best-selling poet and fiction writer Sheree Renée Thomas… or best-selling novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes

For more information, or to register for the event, see their website.

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