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Deadline: December 31, 2019

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Deadline: January 3, 2020

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Deadline: January 10, 2020

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Deadline: January 19, 2020

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Deadline: February 1, 2020

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AAR Religion and the Arts Book Award

Established in 2019 through generous funding and support from Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, this award recognizes the new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of Religion and the Arts.

The AAR Religion and the Arts Book Award Jury invites nominations for the Religion and the Arts Book Award. To be eligible for consideration, books must meet the following criteria:

  1. The book must be in the field of Religion and the Arts.
  2. The book must have a publication date in the two previous calendar years preceding the award year (e.g., books eligible for the 2020 award must have publication dates between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019). The deadline for all nominations is February 10.
  3. Works of multiple authorship, reprints, or individual volumes in multivolume projects are not eligible for consideration. 
  4. No proof copies, bound or unbound, will be considered.

Competition for the Religion and the Arts Book Award is open to all books that meet the above eligibility requirements. An author's membership in the AAR is not a necessary condition for successful participation.

A jury of up to four members, appointed by the President of the American Academy of Religion, adjudicates the books nominated for the award. Jurors have a broad grasp of religious studies and are recognized for their expertise in the subfield. Their committments to fairness and critical judgment are widely respected in the profession. Jurors serve without compensation except for receiving copies of the short-listed books. Any Juror who has been involved in the production of a book nominated for an award will be recused.

Self-nominations, nominations by colleagues, or nominations from jury members, are accepted as well.

This award will be given only if there is a sufficient number of titles for the jurors to consider each year.

The winner is awarded a $1,000 prize and is recognized in a variety of AAR publications.

Nomination Deadline: February 10 annually

Submission Procedures

A complete submission includes (1) a letter of nomination and (2) a copy of the nominated book mailed to the AAR executive office.

Complete submissions must be received by February 10. Partial submissions will not be considered by the jury.

Nominations may be submitted by any person, publisher, or institution. AAR especially encourages letters of nominations from colleagues and self-nominations; if requested, publishers will often send a review copy to the AAR offices for the purposes of award consideration.

A copy of each nominated book should be sent directly to the AAR office at:

American Academy of Religion
Attn: Religion and the Arts Book Award
825 Houston Mill RD NE Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30329

Letters of Nomination

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 bookawards@aarweb.org.

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.

Jury Consideration Process

The jury evaluation process has two stages:

First, the chair of the jury screens all complete nominations to determine a shortlist of titles that will be considered by all the jury members. AAR requests review copies of shortlisted titles be mailed to the jurors in the spring of each year.

Second, jurors evaluate the books that have been screened by the chair. Members of the jury confer in June and July to make their final judgments.

Award Procedures

  1. The AAR president, upon consultation with the executive director and chair, appoints as jurors AAR members who have a broad grasp of religious studies, who are recognized for their expertise in the subfield, and whose fairness and critical judgment are widely respected in the profession. Jurors serve for two years, without compensation except for receiving copies of the short-listed books. Any juror who has been involved in the production of a book nominated for an award will be recused. Recommendations of persons who might serve as jurors may be made directly to the AAR Offices at nominations@aarweb.org.
     
  2. Competition for the AAR Religion and the Arts Book Award is open to all books that meet the criteria listed above. An author’s membership in the AAR is not a necessary condition for successful participation. The current value of the award is $1,000. One award is given per calendar year, provided the critical number of books for consideration is received.
     
  3. Results are declared in late summer and will be announced in the Program Book of the AAR Annual Meeting, in a subsequent issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and on the AAR website. The winner will be notified formally by the AAR executive director or jury chair.
     
  4. After the awards have been announced, the winning publisher will be asked to send not later than September 15 three cloth copies of the book to the AAR Executive Offices for use in promoting the award. In addition, the winning author will be asked to supply a photograph (preferably .png or .jpeg image) for use in announcing the award in the Program Book of the AAR Annual Meeting, in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and on the AAR website.
     

All correspondence regarding the competition and copies of all books nominated should be directed in the first instance to the AAR Offices:

American Academy of Religion
Attn: Religion and the Arts Book Award
825 Houston Mill RD NE Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30329
USA
Phone: 404-727-3059
Fax: 404-727-7959
E-Mail: bookawards@aarweb.org