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 in 2021. The program resumed in 2011 after a hiatus of several years.   Eligible graduate faculty and library staff members, who in the previous calendar year have published a book-length scholarly work, will be recognized in Spring 2021 in the  RBD Library. The awards program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the AU Libraries.

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, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

The Graduate School will review application materials and determine eligibility.

Submission: To be considered for the awards, graduate faculty and library staff members should submit the following materials by April 2, 2021:

  1.  A completed copy of the Auburn Author Awards biography form (Microsoft Word version)
  2.  A color image or scan of the book cover in PDF or JPG format (300 dpi resolution or higher)
  3.  A headshot photograph of the author in PDF or JPG format (300 dpi resolution or higher, 2″x3″ or larger)

Please submit all materials digitally to Maria Witte at

At the ceremony, recipients’ biographical information and books will be displayed in a PowerPoint. Recipients are also asked to speak briefly about their book-length scholarly work and its importance. Each recipient will receive an Auburn Author Awards trophy.

Deadline: April 2, 2021.

*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 24, 2021