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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:
Bryant Keith Alexander, Loyola Marymount University
Aisha Durham, University of South Florida
Julie-Ann Scott, University of North Carolina Wilmington
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 (2020-2021).

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

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, 2022.  The award winner will be notified by November 1, 2022.

If you have questions and comments about the award, please contact John Pruit at

Past Award Winners

2022: Julie-Ann Scott, “Disrupting Compulsory Performances: Snapshots and Stories of Masculinity, Disability, and Parenthood in Cultural Currents of Daily Life

2021: Aisha Durham, “Wounded: Diagnosis (for a) Black Woman

2020: Bryant Keith Alexander, Ayshia Elizabeth Stephenson-Celadilla, Katty Alhayek, Porntip Israsena Twishime, Timothy Sutton, Carmen Herna ́ndez Ojeda, and Claudio Moreira, “‘I’m Sorry My Hair is Blocking Your Smile’: A Performative Assemblage and Intercultural Dialogue on the Politics of Hair and Place

2019: Aaron Dickinson Sachs, “Trying Tight or Splitting Up: An Adult’s Perspective of His Parents’ Same-sex Relationship Dissolution”

2018: Renata Ferdinand, “Remember Me: An Interlocking Narrative of Black Women’s Past and Present

2017: Patrick Santoro, “Queerscape: Embodying Landscape and Rupture in Auto/ethnography

2016: Nathan Hodges, “The American Dental Dream

2015: Danielle Stern, “‘He Won’t Hurt Us Anymore’: A Feminist Performance of Healing for Children Who Witness Domestic Violence

2014: Julie Novak, “Barren and Abandoned: Our Representations Left Unshared and Uncharted”

2013: Dustin Bradley Goltz, “Frustrating the ‘I’: Critical Dialogic Reflexivity with Personal Voice

2012: Sophie Tamas, “Autoethnography, Ethics, and Making Your Baby Cry

2011: Desireé D. Rowe, “‘I’ve Should’ve Done Target Practice’: Why Valerie Solana Missed

2010: Larry Russell, “Learning to Walk

2009: Nicole Defenbaugh, “‘Under Erasure’: The Absent Ill Body in Doctor Patient Dialogue

2008: W. Benjamin Myers, “Straight and White: Talking with my Mouth Full

2007: Christopher N Poulos, “The Ties that Bind Us, the Shadows that Separate Us: Life and Death, Shadow and (Dream)story

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