for the 15th National Black

 Writers Conference (NBWC2020)

Activism, Identity, And Race: Playwrights

and Screenwriters at the Crossroads

Originally scheduled for March 2020 on the campus of Medgar Evers College (MEC) in Brooklyn, New York, the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC2020) will be virtual. The Center for Black Literature (CBL) supports the public health protocols that have emerged because of COVID-19, including social distancing. With that in mind, we have decided to present NBWC2020 as a series of webinars, online.

Vendors will have an attentive audience for exhibiting their arts and crafts, clothing, cultural items, books, and more. CBL will feature NBWC vendors on the organization’s website and social media platforms and will promote vendors’ websites, products, and services using dedicated social media posts and other marketing tools. Also, NBWC vendors will be featured on the CBL website from Wednesday, November 11, 2020 through Saturday, November 14, 2020 where NBWC participants and others will be able to support and purchase from selected vendors.


(not applicable for vendors who were previously accepted in March 2020).


How Are Vendors Selected?

For authors and book sellers: The vendor coordinator and NBWC steering committee members consider writers and publishers’ content and presentation during the official selection process.And while we encourage independent authors and small publishing houses to apply, we advise vendors to strategically promote their relationship with NBWC in advance. Otherwise, they may find it challenging to meet desired sales goals.

For all others (artists, businesses, nonprofit organizations, etc.): The vendor coordinator and NBWC steering committee members review a wide range of vendors in this category. We look for unique and useful products, journal notebooks, crafts, art, jewelry, self-published books, educational materials, information kiosks, etc.

What Are the Vendor Fees?

Application Fee:                         $10 (non-refundable)

General Vendor:                         $100

Nonprofit Organization:           $50

Self-Published Authors:            $40

When Will I Be Notified, If Selected To Vend?

Prospective vendors will be notified between October 1 – 10, 2020 (not before).

How Do I Apply?

  1. Download the vendor application form HERE.
  2. Read the vendor application form carefully, fill it out, scan it, and email it to the vendor coordinator. Email is the recommended way to send in the form.
  3. Alternatively, the application can be sent via postal mail (see application form for more details). NOTE: This option may delay the processing of your application. Currently, the CBL staff does not have regular access to campus mailbecause of COVID-19.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications must be received by Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Sharrell Williams
Vendor Coordinator
Telephone: (718) 804-8883