The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new ALAN award, the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature. The Konigsberg Award will be presented annually to an individual who has acted in selfless advocacy of marginalized youth through the creation, teaching, funding or other form of promotion of young adult literature. The award is open to anyone: authors, publishers, educators and other individuals standing up for groups of young people who are victimized by hate speech or actions.
The award for 2019 will go to Mr. Konigsberg, himself, with future winners to be selected by a subset of the ALAN Awards Committee from nominations submitted by ALAN members. Annual winners will receive $300 and be recognized at the ALAN Breakfast. After Mr. Konigsberg delivered an inspiring talk about standing up against hate speech and actions against LGBTQ youth at the 2018 ALAN national convention, an anonymous donor offered to fund the establishment of this award. ALAN remains committed to wielding the power of young adult literature with thought and intention to make the world a better place.
“Proud Fierce Papa Bear” (ALAN Workshop 2018)
If you’d like to view the speech from award-winner Bill Konigsberg, that was delivered at the ALAN Workshop in 2018 (and consequently inspired in part this award), you can read the text here or view a video of the speech here.