|Fiction: Sarah's Psalm by Florence Ladd--Winner!|
Fiction Honor Books
Flight of the Blackbird by Faye McDonald Smith
Gospel Choirs: Psalms of Survival in an Alien Land Called Home by Derrick Bell
|First Novelist: Push by Sapphire--Winner!|
|Nonfiction: Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter--Winner!|
Nonfiction Honor Books
America Is Me by Kennell Jackson
Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays, and Conversations by Toni Cade Bambara, edited by Toni Morrison
|Outstanding Contribution to African American Literature: Albert Murray (novelist, literature professor, and music scholar)--Winner!|
|Fiction: RL's Dream by Walter Mosley--Winner!|
The Good Negress by A. J. Verdelle
|First Novelist: An Open Weave by Devorah Major--Winner!|
|Nonfiction: Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men In America edited by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen--Winner!|
|Outstanding Contribution to Publishing: Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime & Suspense Fiction by Paula L. Woods--Winner!|
Fiction: Rattlebone by Maxine Clair--Winner!
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love by Paula L. Woods and Felix H. Liddell
Rocking the Babies by Linda Raymond
First Novelist: The Serpent's Gift by Helen Elaine Lee--Winner!
Nonfiction: I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot--Winner!
Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African-Americans edited by James Melvin Washington
Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood by Gerald Early
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing: Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa by Chester Higgins Jr.--Winner!
|Fiction: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines--Winner! Get the Movie|
Getting Right With God by Lionel Newton
Free Enterprise by Michelle Cliff
|First Novelist: Losing Absalom by Alexs D. Pate--Winner!|
|Nonfiction: W. E. B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis--Winner!|
Nella Larsen, Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance: A Woman's Life Unveiled by Thadious Davis
|Outstanding Contribution to Publishing: Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia edited by Darlene C. Hine--Winner!|
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards
Founded by Dr. Alex Boyd, the director of the Newark (New Jersey) Public Library, the BCALA Awards recognize outstanding work by African American authors. Winners receive the BCALA Medallion and an honorarium of $500. In addition, certificates are given to the authors given Honor, First Novel, and Outstanding Contribution to Publishing awards. Winners are announced during the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting, and the awards themselves are presented at the ALA Annual Conference.