Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing
The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is awarded each year to recognize outstanding work by a member of the NBCC. The award is given each year 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). A complete list of Balakian winners follows the list of committee members.
2012 Submission Guidelines
You must be a member of the NBCC to be considered. If you are not a member, you can join online anytime before December 31, 2012, in order to be eligible for the award. All submitted reviews must have been published in 2012.
2012 Submission Procedures
Submissions may be made by email. Emails must be timestamped no later than midnight Saturday, December 31, 2012. Submissions may also, as in the past, be submitted in hardcopy by mail.
What to submit via email:
–Send up to five book reviews (all published in 2012) of no more than 5,000 words collectively. The total word count for the submissions must not exceed 5,000, on pain of the entire submission being 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.
What to submit via mail:
Submissions must be postmarked no later than Saturday, December 31, 2012. Send up to five book reviews (all published in 2012) of no more than 5,000 words collectively, with a brief cover letter listing the title and word count of each piece submitted. The total word count for the submissions must not exceed 5,000, on pain of the entire submission being disqualified from consideration for the award.
For questions about the award and submission process, e-mail the Balakian Committee chair, Carolyn Kellogg. email: email@example.com
Please submit all materials for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing to every member of the Balakian committee:
730 1/2 East Edgeware Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Director, Attic Institute
4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97215
Dept of English
12 Quincy St
Cambridge MA 02138
160 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
Steven G. Kellman
302 Fawn Drive
San Antonio, TX
731 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
3500 AJ Utrecht,
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
922 Jackson Street
Annapolis MD 21403
Eric Miles Williamson
3913 Martin Avenue
McAllen, TX 78504
Past Recipients of the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing
Kathryn Schulz (Critical Mass interview)
Steven G. Kellman
Maureen N. McLane
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