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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2021 PROSE AWARDS

What's New

  • Two (2) electronic review copies required before payment. Judges may request hardcopies during review. Winners will be required to provide physical copies to AAP.
  • Nonfiction Graphic Novel publications are now eligible for entry.
  • The categories below have been updated.
    • Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology has been updated to Cultural Anthropology & Sociology.
    • Clinical Medicine has been updated to Clinical Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences.
    • Education Theory and Education Practice have been combined into one category: Education Theory and Practice.
    • Legal Studies has been updated to Legal Studies and Criminology.
    • The Physical Sciences and Mathematics subcategory under Reference Works has been retired (candidates can submit under the Textbooks category).
    • Psychology has been updated to Psychology and Applied Social Work.

General Info

The PROSE Awards recognize publishers who produce books, nonfiction graphic novels, journals, digital products, and reference works of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study.

The online entry system will open on Monday, September 14, 2020 and will close at midnight on Friday, November 13, 2020. (See instructions for submitting entries below.)

The entry fee for the 2021 PROSE Awards is $90.00 per entry.

A panel of judges with extensive expertise in the subject areas will review entries for overall excellence in professional and scholarly publishing.

Winners from each subject category will go on to compete in one of five areas of excellence:

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Physical Sciences & Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Reference Works

Types of entries

Books and Nonfiction Graphic Novels (print, eBooks, and audiobooks)

Must have a 2020 copyright. 

  • Books published in late 2019 with a 2020 copyright are eligible.
  • Multivolume titles with a 2020 copyright can be judged by individual volume or as a complete multivolume work.
  • Galleys and advance reader copies of books with a 2020 copyright may be submitted if the book will be published in 2020.
  • English language literary translations of important works (fiction, poetry, drama) are eligible if the translation has a 2020 copyright.

Books published with a 2021 copyright are not eligible this year.

New editions of books that are not substantially different in format, and content are not eligible.

English language versions of textbooks or scholarly books where direct or literal translation is used are not eligible.

Journals

Journals (print and/or digital) must have launched in 2016 or later and have been published for a minimum of one calendar year before submitting for a “Best New Journal” PROSE award. 

Existing journals relaunched under a new title/publisher must be significantly expanded and/or refocused from their prior incarnation to be considered for “Best New Journal.”

Digital/eProducts

Digital/eProducts (including platforms and enhanced e-book formats) must have launched in 2020.

Click here for entry form guidelines, winner notifications, and FAQs.

2021 Categories

Biological and Life Sciences
Biological Sciences
Biomedicine and Neuroscience (includes biochemistry and biophysics)
Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry
Clinical Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health Services

Humanities
Art Exhibitions
Art History and Criticism
Biography and Autobiography
Biological Anthropology, Archeology and Ancient History
Classics
Language and Linguistics
Literature
Media and Cultural Studies
Music and the Performing Arts
North American/U.S. History
Philosophy
Theology and Religious Studies
World History

Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Chemistry and Physics
Computing and Information Sciences
Cosmology and Astronomy
Earth Science
Engineering and Technology
Environmental Science
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Mathematics
Popular Science and Popular Mathematics

Social Sciences
Architecture and Urban Planning
Business, Finance and Management
Cultural Anthropology and Sociology
Economics
Education Theory and Practice
Government and Politics
Legal Studies and Criminology
Psychology and Applied Social Work

Reference Works
Biological and Life Sciences
Single or Multivolume Reference
Textbook
eProduct
Journal

Humanities
Single or Multivolume Reference
Textbook
eProduct
Journal

Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Textbook
eProduct
Journal

Social Science
Single or Multivolume Reference
Textbook
eProduct
Journal