Zora Neale Hurston Award

About the Zora Neale Hurston Award
The award is given to an individual RUSA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature.

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Award and Frequency

The winner receives funds to attend the ALA Annual Conference, tickets to the FOLUSA Author tea, and a set of the Zora Neale Hurston books published by Harper Perennial at the time the award is made.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson or to Leighann Wood, RUSA awards program coordinator, at lwood@ala.org.

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

Candidates must be RUSA members. Self- nominations are welcome.

Applicant Responsibility

Must attend the ALA Annual Conference.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates must submit a nomination letter that describes their project along with the nomination form. Photos, booklists, screen captures, or other forms of illustration of the project must be included. In addition, candidates should submit a brief (250) word essay explaining how attending the annual conference will help further their efforts to support and promote African American literature.

Nomination materials should be submitted electronically to RUSA at rusa@ala.org.

Questions about the award should be directed to the committee chair.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based on the quality and contribution of their project. Project examples include, but are not limited to, a program, display, collection building efforts, a special readers’ advisory focus, or innovation in service. Candidates will also be evaluated on the extent their projects promoted African American literature and highlighted its rich history and diversity. In addition, the candidate’s project should serve as a model for others, must be innovative and/or should advance service in this area. Candidates will also be evaluated based on the quality of their essay and the ideas expressed therein (clarity of content and form, clear goals and benefits of attendance, commitment to ALA and the library profession, enthusiasm, and potential growth perceived).