On February 4, 2016, the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) presented the 2016 R.R. Hawkins Award, the top PROSE prize, and the five PROSE Awards for Excellence at a special luncheon ceremony held during the PSP Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The PROSE Awards luncheon was webcast live to audiences across the globe, and featured the debut of an original short film produced for the occasion as well as several multimedia presentations highlighting winners past and present. The 2016 PROSE Awards Luncheon was sponsored by Cenveo Publisher Services.

The winning PROSE entries were displayed after the luncheon and then all entries were donated to Medgar Evers College Library in Brooklyn, New York, and The American University in Cairo Library in Cairo, Egypt.