Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award

Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award

Sponsored by Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Affiliate of the National Communication Association


The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI), affiliate of the National Communication Association (NCA), announces an annual competition for the Ellis-Bochner Award for best published article, essay, or book chapter in Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research. The SSSI-NCA Affiliate welcomes nominations/submissions of published works that advance, reflect, and/or expand perspectives on autoethnography and/or personal narrative in the spirit of Ellis and Bochner’s scholarship. Submitted works will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria: (1) originality; (2) creativity and quality of narration; (3) evocative writing; (4) engagement with human emotionality and subjectivity; and (5) significance of contribution to the field and/or to social justice. The award review committee welcomes publications that experiment with novel forms of expressing lived experience, including literary, performative, autobiographical, poetic, multi-voiced, dialogic, and co-constructed representations of lived experience.

Evaluation will be administered by the following review committee:

Dr. Aisha Durham, University of South Florida
Dr. Bryant Alexander, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Dr. Elissa Foster, DePaul University
Dr. Christopher N. Poulos, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Eligibility: Single and co-authored works published in any academic or trade outlet. To be considered, a submission must have a publication date within the two calendar years prior to the year the award is given (2020 and 2021).

Method for submission
1. Those interested should send PDF of their work, with a short abstract and a cover letter including the e-mail addresses and institutional affiliations of the authors to pruitjc@sfasu.edu<mailto:pruitjc@sfasu.edu>.

The application deadline is April 30, 2022.  The award winner will be notified by November 1, 2022.

If you have questions about the award, please contact John Pruit at pruitjc@sfasu.edu<mailto:pruitjc@sfasu.edu>.


John C. Pruit
Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology
Stephen F. Austin State University
332 Liberal Arts North
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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