Prize-Winning Publications

With reputations for seeking out creative, top-quality scholarship, as well as for high editorial and review standards, it is no surprise that AAUP member presses publish a large number of prize-winning books and journals. Scholarly societies, regional institutions, national and international bodies regularly recognize the publications of university presses for their contributions to the academy and to the wider society.

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Featuring a few recent awards of note for AAUP members' books and authors. Use the alphabet menu above to browse more prizes.

Charles Wright Named US Poet Laureate
Charles Wright, poet and retired University of Virginia professor, was named US Poet Laureate in June 2014. Wright has previously been honored with the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Much of Wright's work has been published by university presses: by Wesleyan University Press in the 1970s and by the University of Michigan Press in the late 80s and early 90s. 

nbmiller2014 James Beard Book Award, Reference and Scholarship

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time
Adrian Miller
University of North Carolina Press, 2013
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Once again a UNC Press title has won the James Beard Foundation Reference and Scholarship Award: congratulations to Adrian Miller for "the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America." Soul Food explores the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition.

nbdamrosch2013 NBCC Award, Biography

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
Leo Damrosch
Yale University Press, 2013
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The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor outstanding writing and to foster a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. Damrosch's Jonathan Swift was chosed as winner for the 2013 biography award, cited as "a spellbinding life of a complicated, contradictory subject."

nbwalker2014 NAACP Image Award, Poetry

Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers
Frank X Walker
University of Georgia Press, 2013
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The NAACP Image Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. Walker's "Turn Me Loose" for unleashing the strong emotions both before and after the moment of Evers's assassination.

nbwilliskrauthamer2014 NAACP Image Award, Non-Fiction

Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery
Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer
Temple University Press, 2012
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The NAACP Image Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. The NAACP recognized the Willis and Krauthamer's collection of "150 photographs—some never before published—from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s."

nbbenor2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, Runner-up

Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism
Sarah Bunin Benor
Rutgers University Press, 2012
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The Jewish Book Council awards the Sami Rohr Prize to emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience in a work of non-fiction, with special consideration for the author's potential to make significant ongoing contributions to Jewish literature. Sarah Bunin Benor was named runner up for the 2014 award, and noted to be one "of the best and the brightest writers on Jewish scholarship and non-fiction today."


2013 Upper Midwest Emmy, Cultural Documentary
Asian Flavors
Twin Cities Public Television and Minnesota Historical Society Press

Twin Cities Public Television partnered with the MHS Press to produce a thirty-minute documentary celebrating Asian immigrants who have left an indelible and flavorful mark on Minnesota's culinary, cultural, and economic history. The project was based on MHS Press's Asian Flavors: Changing the Tastes of Minnesota since 1875, published in 2012.


nbdelapava2013 Bingham Prize, PEN

A Naked Singularity: A Novel
Sergio De La Pava
University of Chicago Press, 2012
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PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize recognizes debut work "represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." De La Pava's first novel, which he originally self-published before it caught the attention of the University of Chicago Press, shows a "willingness...to directly confront the question of justice and to explore the implicit absurdities and hypocrisies of our contemporary understanding of what it means to do justice."