Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

The NBCC awards the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing each year to recognize outstanding work by a member of the NBCC. The citation is awarded in honor of Nona Balakian, a founding member of the National Book Critics Circle, where she served as the board’s first secretary. The eminent critic and longtime editor at the New York Times Book Review also served on the Pulitzer Prize committee, the Board of Directors of PEN, and the Authors Guild board, was the author of Critical Encounters: Essays (1978), and co-author (with Charles Simmons) of The Creative Present (1969). Since 2012, the Balakian Citation carries with it a $1,000 cash prize, thanks to a generous donation by NBCC board member Gregg Barrios.

A complete list of past Balakian winners follows the list of committee members.

2016 Submission Guidelines

You must be a member of the NBCC to be considered. If you are not a member, you can join online before December 11, 2016, in order to be eligible for the award. All submitted reviews must have been published in 2016.

2016 Submission Procedures

Submissions must be made by email. Emails must be time stamped no later than midnight (PST) Sunday, December 11, 2016. All submissions must be transmitted electronically by email.

What to submit via email: Send up to five book reviews (all published in 2016) of no more than 5,000 words collectively. The total word count for the submissions must not exceed 5,000, or the entire submission is disqualified from consideration for the award. In your email, include a note listing the venue; title and word count of each piece submitted. Send links to your reviews as published online. 

Due to the capricious nature of the online world, links may expire. If you can, attach PDFs or screenshots of your book reviews as they appeared online or in print. Please make a print backup of your submission. In other words, make sure you have one print copy of each book review, preferably the published version. If there is a problem with your electronic online submission, you may be asked to submit a print version.

For questions about the award and submission process, e-mail the Balakian Committee chair, Gregg Barrios. Email: greggbarr@outlook.com

Please put 2016 Balakian Award in the subject line of your email.

Please submit all materials for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing to each individual member of the 2016 Balakian committee. Failure to send your materials to all committee members will disqualify your submission from consideration.

Gregg Barrios, chair
greggbarr@outlook.com

Jane Ciabattari
janeciab@gmail.com

Michele Filgate
mfilgate@gmail.com

Michael Miller
michael@bookforum.com

Walton Muyumba
wmuyumba@gmail.com

Katherine A. Powers
pow3@verizon.net

Ron Charles
ron.charles@washpost.com

Carlin Romano
carliniso@gmail.com

Elizabeth Taylor
etaylornbcc@gmail.com

 

Past Recipients of the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2014

Alexandra Schwartz (Acceptance speech)

2013

Katherine A. Powers (Acceptance speech)

2012

William Deresiewicz (William Deresiewicz Interview)

2011

Kathryn Schulz (Critical Mass interview)

2010

Parul Sehgal (Critical Mass interview | acceptance speech)

2009

Joan Acocella

2008

Ron Charles

2007

Sam Anderson

2006

Steven G. Kellman

2005

Wyatt Mason

2004

David Orr

2003

Scott McLemee

2002

Maureen N. McLane

2001

Michael Gorra

2000

Daniel Mendelsohn

1999

Benjamin Schwarz

1998

Albert Mobilio

1997

Thomas Mallon

1996

Dennis Drabelle

1995

Laurie Stone

1994

JoAnn Gutin

1993

Brigitte Frase

1992

Elizabeth Ward

1991

George Scialabba

1988

William Logan

1987

Josh Rubins

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