Upcoming Awards


March 1

David H. Russell Research Award

This award honors an outstanding work of scholarship or research in language, literature, rhetoric, or pedagogy and learning. We are currently accepting nominations of eligible titles. Please see the website for details.

Promising Researcher Award

Open to individuals who have completed dissertations within the approximately two years immediately preceding the award year (for the 2021 award year. Entries should be related to the teaching of English or the language arts, e.g., literature, composition, teacher education/professional development, etc., and should have employed a recognized research approach.

March 15

Research Foundation Grant Program

Proposals are invited from teachers, teacher researchers, teacher educators, and scholars of language, literacy, and cultural studies. Grants will be awarded for a period of up to one year and in the amount of up to $4,000 over the life of the grant.

April 15

Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award

This program supports early career teachers of color as they build accomplished teaching careers in literacy education. Practicing preK to university-level literacy educators of color who are in the first five years of a paid teaching career and who aspire to build a career in literacy education are eligible to apply.

May 1

James R Squire Award

Honors an individual who has given outstanding service to NCTE and the profession of education as a whole.

NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award

This award is given to an NCTE member of color who has made a significant contribution to NCTE and the development of our professional community. It supports those who advocate for policies and practices that influence and advance the understanding of equity and antiracism.

NCTE Leadership Award for People with Disabilities

This award recognizes a person with a disability who has made a significant contribution to NCTE and to the development of our professional community. Recipients of this award promote and support the advancement of people with disabilities in our profession through their service, writing, teaching, scholarship, and professional development.

NCTE LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Leadership Award

This award recognizes a member of the LGBTQ+ community who has made a significant contribution to the Council through their service, scholarship, and actions that promote and support the advancement of the LGBTQ+community in the profession, in literacy-related activities, and in public engagement, creating a culture of change.

CCCC Outstanding Book Award

Presented annually to the author(s) or editor(s) of two publications—one award for a single-authored or multi-authored work and one award for an edited collection of scholarly work—published up to two years previously that make an outstanding contribution to composition and rhetoric.

ELATE James N. Britton Award

Encourages English Language Arts teacher development by promoting classroom-based research in which teachers at any level (preschool through university) raise questions about teaching and learning in their own teaching/learning settings. Nominations can be made by the author of the study or by any English Language Arts educator.


Children’s Book Awards nominations for fiction and non-fiction selections are accepted until October 15Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction and the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction. Every other year, we give the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and nominations are always accepted for the Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels List each year.

Awards List