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No Longer Accepting Submissions for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards.

Check back next year for information on the 2014 awards! 


Since 1969, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) has designated an annual list of the best in nursing publishing. Featured in the January issue of the journal, the prestigious AJN Book of the year competition garners attention from more than 100,000 readers, librarians, faculty, many of whom base their key book purchasing decisions on this award program. Note that authors do not need to be nurses, and we have two categories for books that target the lay public (Consumer Health; Public Interest and Creative Works). We’ve added two new categories: Environmental Health and Child Health.

Authors also receive award certificates, and reference to the award may be and is used in promotional materials by publishers.

We've invited experts to serve as judges in 19 categories. They review all submissions for their categories, select the top three, and write reviews of these.

Click here for a list of last year’s winners.


Below are the categories. Click here for the judges' names and addresses, and send a copy of the book to the category judge.

Please also send an additional copy of the product to our AJN offices here in New York, no later than August 13, 2013, including the application form (click here) and payment, to: 

Michael Fergenson
American Journal of Nursing
Wolters Kluwer Health
333 Seventh Avenue, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10001

For electronic submissions, email the product to Michael.fergenson@wolterskluwer.com and mail the application form and check to the address above (you do not need to email the judges).

Note the application fee per entry.**

**Entrants pay $40 per submission, or, if submitting five or more entries, $25 per submission.
If submitting a book or electronic product to more than one category, entrants must pay a submission fee for each category to which the product is submitted.

The judges consider only books and electronic products published between August 1, 2012 and August 1, 2013. Books published outside of that time frame are ineligible.

The winners will appear in AJN's January 2014 issue.

Please contact Michael Fergenson for additional questions at 646-674-6609 or at Michael.fergenson@wolterskluwer.com.

2013 AJN Book of the Year Categories

1.  Advanced Practice Nursing
     Advanced clinical practice literature, including clinical research, physical assessment skills, critical thinking, case studies, and pathophysiology. The target audience for books in this category must include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and/or nurse anesthetists.

2.  Community/Public Health
     Works that focus on aggregate-level theory and strategies for working with communities to      
promote the health of the public.

3.  Consumer Health Publication
     Health-related books intended for a non-professional audience, although they may be valuable resources for the professional nurse. 

4.  Critical Care/Emergency Nursing
     Books that address the complex acute and emergent care needs of patients in a critical care environment.

5.  Electronic Media
     CDs, videotapes, and audiotapes related to nursing practice and health care; the category does not include on-line products.

6.  Gerontological Nursing
     Addresses the complex physical, social, and emotional needs of the older adult in all settings.

7.  History and Public Policy
     Broader health care issues, public policies, and historic works that are relevant to nurses.

8.  Information Technology/Informatics
     This category includes content about nursing’s role and the use of electronic media; computer systems; social media, and nurses’ use of online media.

9.  Maternal-ChildNursing/Childbirthing
     Family health and nurse midwifery.

10. Medical-Surgical Nursing
      Works presenting the complex clinical needs and comprehensive diagnoses of patients in various settings such as an adult hospital unit, home care, or long-term care.

11. Nursing Education/Continuing Education
      Books that address the continued development of educators’ expertise in creating innovative programs and teaching strategies to reach adult learners in complex, changing learning environments. 

12. Nursing Management/Leadership 
      Insights into the philosophy of management/leadership, standards, and strategies used by nurse managers and leaders.

13. Nursing Research
      Books that further nurses’ understanding of research and its application to practice.

14. Palliative Care and Hospice
      This category includes books about end of life care, palliative care and symptom management, death and dying.

15. Professional Issues
      Professional issues confronting nurses, including the legal and ethical dimensions of practice  
and role issues.

16. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
      Insights into the dynamics of mental health problems and their management.

17. Public Interest and Creative Works
      This category includes books about nurses, nursing, and health care written by nurses or non-nurses for a public audience. Books can be fiction or non-fiction.  Creative writing such as books of poetry may also be considered. Books that are marketed solely to nurses will not be considered in this category.

18. Environmental Health
      Environmental issues affecting public health.

19. Child Health
      Care on a continuum from newborn through adolescence.