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NWSA Book Prizes

Current individual membership is a requirement for all applicants for NWSA awards.


Alison Piepmeier Book Prize
Sara A. Whaley Book Prize  

Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize

New for 2017: Announcing the Alison Piepmeier Prize

Deadline: April 12, 2017

NWSA will offer an annual $1,000 Alison Piepmeier book award for a groundbreaking monograph in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship thanks to a gift from Susan Shaw, Patti Duncan, Jane Nichols, Kryn Feehling-Burton, and Nancy Barbour. The donation comes from the contributor budget from a forthcoming ABC-CLIO encyclopedia of women’s lives worldwide. This prize honors Alison Piepmeier, an active member and leader of NWSA whose scholarship examined the intersection of feminist and disability studies, with a particular emphasis on reproductive decisions and disabilities and parenting and disabilities.

2017-2019 Alison Piepmeier Book Award Committee
Susan Shaw, Oregon State University (Chair)
Alison Kafer, Southwestern University
Sami Schalk, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Basic Guidelines
  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017
  • Must complete the online application
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Presses cannot submit
  • Scholars with disabilities, scholars of color, and LGBTQ scholars are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Suggested topics for feminist disability studies include but are not limited to:
    • Reproductive justice and disabilities
    • Racialized representations of disabilities
    • Queer experiences of disabilities
    • Mothering and disabilities
    • Disabilities activism
    • Media representations of disabilities
    • Gender, sport, and disabilities
    • Disabilities and the body
    • Disabilities, sex, and sexuality
    • Disabilities in politics and policy
    • Disabilities and technologies

Applicants must complete the online application (forthcoming) and send 5 copies of their book to:

National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave #100
Baltimore, MD 21202
ATTN: NWSA Piepmeier Prize

Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 


Sara A. Whaley Prize Guidelines
Deadline April 12, 2017

Thanks to a generous bequest from Sara A. Whaley, NWSA will offer an annual $2,000 Sara A. Whaley book award on the topic of women and labor. This prize honors Sara Whaley, who owned Rush Publishing and was the editor of Women's Studies Abstracts. Each year NWSA will awards a book prize ($2,000) for a monograph that addresses women and labor from intersectional perspectives.


2015-2017 Sara A. Whaley Book Prize Committee

Patti Duncan, Oregon State University (Chair)
Priya Kandaswamy, Mills College
Ayana Weekley, University of Minnesota (2015-2016)
Jae Basiliere, Grand Valley State University (2017)

Basic Guidelines

  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017
  • Must complete the online application
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Presses cannot submit
  • Women of color of the U.S. and/or International origin are encouraged to apply.
  • Suggested topics on women and labor include but are not limited to:
    • Migration and women’s paid jobs
    • Illegal immigration and women’s work
    • Impact of AIDS on women’s employment
    • Trafficking of women and women’s employment
    • Women and domestic works
    • Impact of race on women’s work

Applicants must send 5 copies of their book to:

National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave #100
Baltimore, MD 21202
ATTN: NWSA Whaley Book Prize

Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 


Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize
Deadline April 12, 2017

The prize includes $1,000 and recognition for groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship.


The prize honors Gloria Anzaldúa, a valued and long-active member of the National Women's Studies Association.


2015-2017 Gloria E. Anzaldua Book Prize Committee
Janell Hobson, University at Albany, State University of New York (Chair)
Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Brown University
Rebecca Wanzo, Washington University in St. Louis

Basic Guidelines

  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017
  • Must complete the online application
  • Presses cannot submit
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • The committee seeks  groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that make a significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship
  • Anthologies will not be considered


Applicants must send 5 copies of their book to:

National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave #100
Baltimore, MD 21202
ATTN: NWSA Anzaldúa Book Prize

Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA.