Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

About the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement To recognize an African American author, illustrator, or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.The Award pays tribute to the late Virginia Hamilton and the quality and magnitude of her exemplary contributions through her literature and advocacy for children and youth, especially in her focus on African American life, history and consciousness. 

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Award and Frequency

A plaque and $1,500 cash award.

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Applicant Responsibility

Recipient must attend Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast during ALA Annual Conference and deliver acceptance speech.  

Application Instructions

In even-numbered years, the award will be given to authors, illustrators or author/illustrators; in odd-numbered years, practitioners will be recognized.  Selection criteria can be found at

Complete the submission form at

Contact Information

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 Recipient is announced during the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcement on the Monday morning of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January.  Recipient is contacted that morning.