Awards Gala

The APS Awards Gala has become known as
“The Emmys of the Literary World”


​Back for our 6th year, we decided to mix things up a bit…

We still honored our Book Award winners and APS honorees, but this year we incorporated visual and performance artists as well!!!

For the first time EVER, we launched our Fan Favorites category and gave power to YOU to nominate and vote for YOUR Favorite Indie Artist of the Year. After a month and voting and 2,000 votes cast, the three finalists were…

Indie Singer

Leah Oduro-Kwarten

Tracy Kincaide

Fuzzy Soul Tiger

Indie Filmmaker

Maurice Eleby Jones, Jr.

James Gordon

Aretha Tatum

Indie Poet

James Gordon

LaDonna Marie

Jesse McClure

The singers and poets took the stage and performed LIVE at the Awards Gala, Thursday, August 25th. This red carpet affair was held once again at the Kroc Center (1250 W. 119th Street) in Chicago.

Others that were honored…

Fiction Award Winners

Golam Maula (1st Place) – A Dangerous Mind

Monodel Ollivierre (2nd Place) – Preys Personified

Nonfiction Award Winners

Julie Scolnik (1st Place) – Paris Blue

David Henry Nelson (2nd Place) – Mariah is Missing

Inspirational Award Winners

Reshelle Matheny (1st Place) – Take Charge of Cancer: Empowering the Warrior Within

Bridgett McGill (2nd Place) – Birthing Purpose: 21-Day Devotional Journal

APS 2022 Published Authors

Phyllis Calderon

Barbara Barron

Valorie Tatum

Virginia Freelon

Writers’ Society Cohort

Patricia Brooks

Deatrice Carter

Mary Hale

Tonia Reaves

Artistic Visionary of the Year

Joyce Dawkins