Awards - National Council of Teachers of English

Upcoming Awards

March 1

David H. Russell Award
This award recognizes published research in language, literature, rhetoric, teaching procedures, or cognitive processes that may sharpen the teaching or the content of English at any level.

March 15

Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color
This program is designed to provide two years of support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color, specifically -doctoral candidates and early career postsecondary faculty of color.

NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Program
The specific purpose of this program is to support early career teachers of color, in their first five years of their paid teaching career, as they build accomplished teaching careers in literacy education.

Promising Researcher Award[Deadline extended]
This award competition is open to individuals who have completed dissertations, theses, or initial, independent studies after the dissertations.

May 1

Berry Research Award to Study Careers of English Majors
The Berry Research Award to Study Careers of English Majors provides research support for an NCTE member(s) who proposes a research project that studies “the careers of English Majors and/or the role and function of English in career development.” (Given every other year.)

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.

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. It encompasses mental, physical, sensory, and other disabilities.

NCTE LGBTQIA+ Advocacy & Leadership Award
This award recognizes a member of the LGBTQIA+ community who has made a significant contribution to the Council through service, scholarship, and actions that promote and support the advancement of the LGBTQIA+ community in the profession, in literacy-related activities, and in public engagement, thus helping to create a culture of change.

George Orwell Award
The NCTE George Orwell Award, established in 1975 and administered by the NCTE Public Language Award Committee, recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse.

May 15

Outstanding Elementary Educator Award
Recognizes a distinguished educator who has made major contributions to the field of elementary English language arts education.

Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award
This award recognizes exceptional English language arts teachers of grades 6-8 who have demonstrated excellence in teaching English language arts and inspired a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning in their students.

June 15

Media Literacy Award
This award showcases NCTE members who have developed innovative approaches for integrating media analysis and composition into their instruction.

NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award
Established in 1997 by NCTE and SLATE–Support for the Learning and Teaching of English–this award is given to individuals, groups, or institutions that merit recognition for advancing the cause of intellectual freedom. A subcommittee of the NCTE Standing Committee Against Censorship selects the recipient(s).



Children’s Book Awards nominations are accepted until October 15 each year for the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction, the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction, and the Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels list.

Awards List

Achievement Awards in Writing (10th and 11th grade)

Affiliate – NCTE Intellectual Freedom (State, Regional, Provincial)

Affiliate Excellence Award

Affiliate Journal Awards

Affiliate Membership Award

Affiliate Multicultural Program

Affiliate – NCTE Fund Teachers for the Dream

Affiliate – NCTE Leadership Development

Affiliate Newsletter Award

Affiliate – Student Affiliate Excellence Award

Affiliate Website Award

ALAN Award

Alan C. Purves Award

Berry Research Award to Study Careers of English Majors

CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award

CCCC Assistance Fund for Contingent Faculty

CCCC Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship

CCCC Disability in College Composition Travel Awards

CCCC Emergent Researcher Awards

CCCC Exemplar Award

CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award

CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation

CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship

CCCC The Luiz Antonio Marcuschi Travel Awards

CCCC Outstanding Book Award

CCCC Outstanding Dissertation in Technical Communication

CCCC Outstanding Teaching Award

CCCC Professional Equity Project (PEP)

CCCC Research Impact Award

CCCC Research Initiative

CCCC Richard Braddock Award

CCCC Scholars for the Dream

CCCC Stonewall Service Award

CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Awards

CCCC Tribal College Faculty

CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence

CEL – ELQ Best Article

CEL Exemplary Leadership Award

CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leader Award

CEL Innovative Leadership Award

CEL Teacher-Leader of Excellence Award

Charlotte Huck Award (fiction for children)

Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Grant

David H. Russell Research Award

Distinguished Service Award

Donald Graves Writing Award (grades K-6)

Edwin M. Hopkins – English Journal

Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Scholarship

ELATE Early Career Presenter Scholarship

ELATE Geneva Smitherman Cultural Diversity Grant

ELATE Graduate Student Research Award

ELATE James Moffett Memorial Fund

ELATE James N. Britton Award

ELATE Janet Emig Award

ELATE National Technology Leadership Award

ELATE Research Initiative

ELATE Richard A. Meade Award

Excellence in Poetry for Children (living American poet)

George Orwell Award – Sponsored by the Public Language Award Committee

High School Teacher of Excellence (Affiliate Award)

James R. Squire Award

Language Arts Distinguished Article Award

Linda Rief Voices from the Middle Award

LLA Lifetime Membership Award

LLA Reclaiming the Joy of Teaching Award

LLA Service Award

NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award

NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Program

NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award (National)

NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award (Affiliate)

NCTE Leadership Award for People with Disabilities

NCTE LGBTQIA+ Advocacy & Leadership Award

NCTE Media Literacy Award

NCTE Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching (PDCRT)

Orbis Pictus Award (nonfiction for children)

Outstanding Educator (elementary)

Outstanding Educator (middle)

Paul and Kate Farmer – English Journal

Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines Committee (REALM)

Promising Researcher Award

Promising Young Writers (8th grade)

Research Foundation Grants

Research Foundation Teacher Grant Program

Richard Ohmann Award – College English

Richard W. Halle Award (outstanding middle level educator)

The Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award (TYCA)

TYCA Diana Hacker Outstanding Programs in English Award

TYCA Nell Ann Pickett Award