Auburn Author Awards

The Graduate School and the Auburn University Libraries, recognizing that the publication of a book-length scholarly work is a significant milestone in an academic career, are pleased to continue the Auburn Author Awards Program since 2011 after a brief hiatus of several years.


Eligible graduate faculty and staff, who in the previous calendar year have published a book-length scholarly work, will be recognized in a spring semester ceremony in the RBD Libraries’ CMD auditorium. At the ceremony, recipients will be recognized for their publication and asked to give a short book talk about their publication and its importance. Each recipient will receive an Auburn Author Awards trophy. The awards program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the AU Libraries.


Eligibility Criteria:

Published scholarly works of sufficient scope will be eligible for consideration. The following list, although not all-inclusive, illustrates the kinds of works that may be nominated: the first publication of books, monographs, creative works (novels, poetry collections, dramas), translations,* textbooks, and edited collections. Scholarly works published in other formats (e.g., electronic) but similar in scope to the above book-length works may be nominated. The following kinds of publications are excluded: occasional publications (e.g., brochures and pamphlets), re-printings of a book, translations,* subsequent editions of a previously published book.

Works must be published (copyright date) between January 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year before the annual submission deadline of March 1. If this date falls over a weekend or holiday, submissions are due by 8:00 am CT on the next business day. The Graduate School will review application materials and determine eligibility.


Submission Requirements:

To be considered for the awards, graduate faculty and staff should submit the following materials no later than the March 1 deadline. The following items will be required on the submission form:

  1.  Biographical information that includes name, department, education history, and book information
  2.  A color image or scan of the book cover in PDF or JPG format (300 dpi resolution or higher)
  3.  A recent professional headshot photograph of the author in JPG format (300 dpi resolution or higher, 2″x3″ or larger)

Please submit all materials through the online submission form by March 1, annually. For questions or concerns, or to update any materials previously submitted, please contact Dr. Maria Witte at


*If an Auburn author is the translator, the book-length translation may be eligible; if, however, an Auburn author’s work is translated into another language by someone other than the author, the translation is excluded.

Last modified: March 8, 2023