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. Ron Pelias, Southern Illinois University
Dr. Christopher N. Poulos, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Dr. Carol Rambo, University of Memphis
Dr. Elissa Foster, DePaul University

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 (2018 and 2019).

Methods for submission:

1. Those interested should send a PDF of their work, with a short abstract and a cover letter including the e-mail addresses and institutional affiliations of the authors as attachments to pruitjc@sfasu.edu

2. Alternatively, those interested can send 6 hard copies of their work, with a short abstract and a cover letter including the e-mail addresses and institutional affiliations of the authors to:
John C. Pruit
Liberal Arts North Building 332
Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology
P. O. Box 13047, SFA Station
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3047

The application deadline is April 30, 2020.  The award winner will be notified by November 1, 2020.

If you have questions and comments about the award, please contact John Pruit at pruitjc@sfasu.edu

Past Award Winners
2007: Christopher N Poulos, “The Ties that Bind Us, the Shadows that Separate Us: Life and Death, Shadow and (Dream)story”
2008: W. Benjamin Myers, “Straight and White: Talking with my Mouth Full”
2009: Nicole Defenbaugh, “‘Under Erasure’: The Absent Ill Body in Doctor Patient Dialogue”
2010: Larry Russell, “Learning to Walk”
2011: Desireé D. Rowe, “‘I’ve Should’ve Done Target Practice’: Why Valerie Solana Missed”
2012: Sophie Tamas, “Autoethnography, Ethics, and Making Your Baby Cry”
2013: Dustin Bradley Goltz, “Frustration ‘I’: Critical Dialogic Reflexivity with Personal Voice”
2014: Julie Novak, “Barren and Abandoned: Our Representations Left Unshared and Uncharted”
2015: Danielle Stern, “‘He Won’t Hurt Us Anymore’: A Feminist Performance of Healing for Children Who Witness Domestic Violence”
2016: Nathan Hodges, “The American Dental Dream”
2017: Patrick Santoro, “Queerscape: Embodying Landscape and Rupture in Auto/ethnography”
2018: Renata Ferdinand, “Remember Me: An Interlocking Narrative of Black Women’s Past and Present”
2019: Aaron Dickinson Sachs, Trying Tight or Splitting Up: An Adult’s Perspective of His Parents’ Same-sex Relationship Dissolution”