Submit a Nomination
To recognize new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion, the AAR presents Awards for Excellence every year. These awards honor works of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance—books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. Winners are awarded a $1,000 prize. View a list of past winners.
Awards for Excellence are given in four categories:
Competition for AAR Awards for Excellence is open to all books of distinction in the academic study of religion. An author’s membership in the AAR is not a necessary condition for successful participation. Nominations may be submitted by any person, publisher, or institution with the exception of the competition chair and jurors. AAR especially encourages nominations from colleagues and self-nominations.
A complete submission includes (1) a letter of rationale and (2) a copy of the nominated book that is either mailed to the AAR office or submitted digitally through the nomination form.
A book may be nominated for more than one category if a complete submission is received for each nomination. Partial submissions will not be considered by the juries. All correspondence regarding the competition and copies of all books nominated should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A brief rationale should be enclosed with each nomination. In which category should the work be considered? 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 rationale are submitted via the nomination form.
Publisher-generated nominations must identify someone in their publishing house who will serve as contact.
A print or digital copy of the nominated book is required for each submission. AAR will ask that additional copies be sent to jury members if the book is shortlisted for consideration. Books should be mailed to the following address:
American Academy of Religion
Attn: Book Awards
825 Houston Mill RD NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
The 2021 award cycle is open.