Nominations may be submitted by any person, publisher, or institution. AAR especially encourages letters of nominations from colleagues and self-nominations.
A brief rationale should be enclosed with each nomination; this is considered the nomination letter. Why is the work outstanding in its field? How does it differ from established classics? How does the submission affect the way you approach research, consider a tradition, or construct your teaching?
Letters of nomination may be sent by mail or e-mailed to email@example.com. Publisher-generated nominations must identify someone in their publishing house who will serve as contact. AAR will ask that additional copies be sent to jury members if the book is shortlisted for consideration.