Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Nomination Form (Author/Illustrator)

The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented in even years (i.e. 2014, 2016, 2018…), to 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. 

Criteria

  1. Must be an African American author or illustrator.
  2. May be joint authors, joint illustrators, or joint author/illustrators.
  3. Must be living by deadline of nomination date.
  4. Authors or illustrators must have residence in the United States.
  5. Body of work selected must represent distinguished writing and/or illustrations by and about the African American experience for children and/or young adults.
  6. Body of work selected has made a substantial contribution to children’s and/or young adult literature about the African American experience over a period of years.
  7. Body of work must meet established standards of high quality writing and/or illustration for youth.
  8. Committee members may also pay particular attention to bodies of work:
    a. Whose interpretation consistently motivates youth readers to stretch their imagination and thinking.
    b. Which denote exceptional examples of specific types of literature. c. That represents trend-setters, innovations, or fresh explorations of themes or topics or perspectives in African American literature for children and/or young adult.
  9. Body of work must include at least one CSK Award winner (Author, Illustrator, New Talent winner, or Honor Book for either category).
  10. The majority of the books in the body of work must be available in the United States at the time of the nomination deadline.

Criteria Definitions

  1. Body of work - Pre-K through Grade 12.
  2. Excellent/distinguished writing or illustrations - Outstanding, distinct, of exceptional quality, first rate, eminent, and or notable.
  3. Significant and lasting contribution - Published works of the selected author or illustrator commands an influential place in literature by and about African Americans.
  4. Over a period of years - Published works have existed for a minimum of ten years. Recipient’s body of work must contain a minimum of 7 books for children and/or young adults. 

Deadline for Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement will be accepted through Monday, December 4, 2017

Instructions

To submit a nomination, complete the below required fields and upload the following required documents: 

  • Letter of nomination
  • CV/Resume
  • Three letters of support

Up to three supporting documents can also be uploaded (max. 5MB), but are not required.

Note due to a bug, do not press upload. Simply select the file(s), and submit the form. Acceptable file upload types are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.

If you have any additional supplemental material to augment your nomination, please upload it here.
If you have any additional supplemental material to augment your nomination, please upload it here.
If you have any additional supplemental material to augment your nomination, please upload it here.