Upcoming Awards


Extended to February 28

Achievement Awards in Writing

To encourage high school juniors to write and to publicly recognize the best student writing.

Promising Young Writers

To stimulate and recognize the writing talents of eighth-grade students.

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.

Promising Researcher Award

Open to individuals who have completed dissertations within the approximately two years immediately preceding the award year (for 2020, between December 1, 2017, and January 31, 2020).

March 15

Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Grant

Designed to provide two years of support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color, open to doctoral candidates and early career post secondary faculty.

April 15

NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award

The specific purpose of this award is to support early career teachers of color as they build accomplished teaching careers in literacy education.

May 31

Teacher Awards for Lifelong Readers & Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry

These awards are for full-time or part-time teachers in grades K-12 in the United States who foster a passion and love of reading in students through programs and curricula that are innovative, original, and have measurable success.

June 1

NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award

A special award 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 demonstrates NCTE’s vision to strengthen an increasingly inclusive organization that provides more access to diverse voices. This award also helps promote cross-community connections and values and supports the agency of diverse leaders in the field.

NCTE LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Leadership Award

To recognize a member of the LGBTQ+ community who has made a significant contribution to NCTE and to the development of our professional community.

Donald Graves Writing Award

Annually recognizes teachers in grades K-6 who, through the teaching of writing, demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in writing.

Berry Research Award to Study Careers of English Majors

Provides research support for an NCTE member who proposes a research project that studies “the careers of English Majors and/or the role and function of English in career development.”

Awards List