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No Longer Accepting Submissions for the 2014 Book of the Year Awards.
Check back next year for information on the 2015 Book of the Year Awards!

Since 1969, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) has published an annual list of the best in nursing publishing.  Listed in the January issue of the journal, the AJN Book of the Year program is a prestigious competition that garners the attention of its readers (nurses in clinical settings, faculty and researchers) as well as librarians in hospitals and universities. Increasingly, books about health or health care that are authored by non-nurses are submitted for consideration. Many readers, faculty, and libraries make book purchasing decisions based upon this award program. 

We've invited experts to serve as judges in 20 categories. They review all submissions for their categories, select up to three winners, and write reviews of these. We’ve added one new category this year: Adult Primary Care.

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

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


Listed below are the categories. You will need to send a hard copy of each book being submitted to the appropriate judge. Contact Michael Fergenson ( for the list of judges’ addresses. In the same package include a cover letter to the judge that includes a listing of the books they should be receiving.

Send an additional hard copy of each book being submitted, along with the application form (click here), a print out of the List of Entries, and payment, to:

Michael Fergenson
American Journal of Nursing
Wolters Kluwer Health
333 7th Avenue, 20th floor
New York, NY 10001

Email the List of Entries to

For electronic submissions, email the product to and mail the application form, list of entries, and check to the address above (you do not need to email the judges).

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2014.

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, 2013 and August 1, 2014. Books published outside of that time frame are ineligible.

The winners will appear in AJN's January 2015 issue.

Please contact Michael Fergenson for additional questions at 646-674-6609 or at

2014 AJN Books of the Year Categories

1.   Advanced Practice Nursing
Advanced clinical practice literature, including regulations & issues, clinical research, general 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, population health and strategies for working with communities to promote the health of the public.

3.   Consumer Health Publication
Health-related books intended for consumers, 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
Fundamental to understanding 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/Social Media
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-Child Nursing/Childbirthing
Maternity and nurse midwifery.

10.  Medical-Surgical Nursing
Fundamental to understanding 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 Development and 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 health and wellness.

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

20.  Adult Primary Care
Men’s and women’s health except for older adults (see gerontological nursing).