Toni Morrison Honors Dr Maya Angelou


There are some literary legends. One of them who are still living vivaciously, still inspiring the next generation of writers is Dr Maya Angelou. She was honored at the National Book Awards by her friend author Toni Morrison. She received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Deserving this woman is who have changed the peoples’ view of writing and inspired so many, especially black writers who were hidden underneath fear, doubt and criticism. I don’t think she set out to do that, she just wanted to write and tell the truth but she did and we’re thankful that she became a writer. Toni said before her friend accepted the award, “Dr Maya Angelou you improve our world by drawing from us, forcing from us, our better selves.”

Once Dr Angelou accepted the award from her long time friend she responded with, “God put a rainbow in the clouds. You are rainbows in my clouds.” She finished by thanking the literary world whether she deserved it or not.

Hats off to you!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia


Submissions due June 3rd!!!!

Wanna get in on the National Book Awards? Go to to get the complete details. Here’s a few things for you tho:

– Publishers you must mail in no less than 6 copies of book you want to be considered along with entry fee of $125.

– What is eligible? Full length books, fiction, and nonfiction, collections of short stories by one author, collected poems by one author and self published books by author/punlisher who have published other titles.

– What is NOT eligible is English translations of books that were originally written in a different language and books published through publishing services.

What’s the prize? How about $10,000? You could use that right?

One winner from each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry and YA) will be chosen and announced on November 20th at the National Book Award dinner and ceremony.

Good luck.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Calling All Independent Authors

I came across a resourceful site the other day called

Annette Gordon-Reed announcing the five 2010 N...

Annette Gordon-Reed announcing the five 2010 National Book Critics Circle finalists in nonfiction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

go check it out if you haven’t heard of it yet. Until then check out these upcoming awards for independent writers thanks to Green Leaf:

  • National Book Awards gives $10,000 to one writer in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, YA). Writers can only apply thru their publisher. Deadline is June 15th
  • Narrative Prize gives $4,000 to a new or emerging writer in short stories, novel excerpts poem, one-act plays, graphic stories or literary nonfiction. Deadline will be June 15th
  • Discover Great New Writers, hosted by B&N is giving awards to debuting writers making under 10,000 units ($10,000). Similar to the National Book Awards the writer can only go thru their publisher. Deadline is June 28th.
  • The Bard Fiction Prize gives nice award to fiction writers under 39 years old. Winner becomes writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester meaning they will give one public lecture to the students.
  • National Outdoor Book Awards recognizes the best outdoor writing. Applications will be available starting in June and the deadline is in August. Genres allowed are history, literature, children, nature, natural history, instructional, adventure guidebook, design and outdoor classic.

Good luck!

Peace and luv!

National Book Awards Going Down Tonight

Tonight the National Book Awards will be held at Cipriani Wall Street which will be also hosted by Dianna Dilworth. I apologize for getting it to you all late, I’ve been writing trying to finish this erotic story for you. But below I put two categories and their nominees. You can check out the whole list at:

Fiction Finalists
The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Nonfiction finalists
The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker
Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution by Mary Gabriel
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (first graphic novel ever included in this category)

Peace and luv!