The IWCA Outstanding Article Awards is given annually and recognizes significant work within the field of writing center studies. Members of the Writing Center community are invited to nominate articles or book chapters for the IWCA Outstanding Article Award.

The nominated article must have been published during the previous calendar year. Both single-authored and collaboratively-authored works, by scholars at any stage of their academic careers, published in print or in digital form, are eligible for the award. Self-nominations are not accepted, and each nominator can submit one nomination only; journals may select only one publication from their own journal for nomination per award cycle. 

 Nominations include a letter or statement of no more than 400 words outlining how the work being nominated meets the award criteria below and a digital copy of the article being nominated. All articles will be evaluated using the same criteria.

The article should:

  • Make a significant contribution to the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • Address one or more issues of long-term interest to writing center administrators, theorists, and practitioners.
  • Discuss theories, practices, policies, or experiences that contribute to a richer understanding of writing center work.
  • Show sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing centers exist and operate.
  • Illustrate the qualities of compelling and meaningful writing.
  • Serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing centers.

We encourage writing center scholars and practitioners at all levels to nominate works that they have found impactful.