Book Award
Call for Submissions

The NACCS Book Award recognizes an outstanding new book in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Only single-authored scholarly monographs and books published during 2023 are eligible. Translations, reprints, re-editions of previously published works, edited volumes, multi-author collections of essays, or books previously nominated for this award, are not eligible. We invite nominations from NACCS members and publishers. Authors of titles must be a current member of the organizationDeadline: August 1, 2024. Direct questions to

Any book(s) received that are published on the non nomination year, is not guaranteed to be held for the following year, will not be returned nor will the publisher/author/nominator be notified. Nominated authors must be members of the organization.

It is celebrated at the annual Awards ceremony during the conference.  The recipient is introduced at the ceremony and gives a very brief statement.  Many candidates also present their books in author/signing events in the book exhibit area (usually supported by their press-who must pay for the exhibit space), some authors propose panels author/critic sessions. 

Send four (4) copies to NACCS along with the letter of nomination (self-nominations are acceptable). Copies will be distributed to the committee.  No CODs/No UPS/No FedEx please. Use the United State Postal Service only. Any books received that are not eligible will not be returned.  Only the individual and/or publisher of the awarded book will be notified.

Please send the 4 copies to the address below.

P.O. BOX 720052
San José, CA  95172-0052

The DEADLINE for nominations of books is August 1, 2024. Books not received by the time books are distributed to the committee will not be considered.

Past recipients of the NACCS Book Award:

  • 2024: Bernadine Hernández. Border Bodies: Racialized sexuality, sexual Capital, and Violence in the Nineteenth-century Borderlands. University of North Carolina Press. 2022.
  • 2023: Michelle Tellez, Border Women and the Community of Maclavio Rojas. University of Arizona Press. 2021.
  • 2022: Philis Barragan Goetz. Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in Texas.  University of Texas Press. 2020.
  • 2021: Marissa K. Lopez. Racial Immanence: Chicanx Bodies beyond Representation. New York University. 2019.
  • 2020: Cristina Salinas. Managed Migrations: Growers, Farmworkers, and Boarder Enforcement in the Twentieth Century. University of Texas Press, 2019.
  • 2019: Ella Maria Diaz. Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force. University of Texas Press, 2018.
  • 2018: Ylce Irizarry. Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad. University of Illinois Press, 2016.
  • 2017: Maria Josefina Saldana-Portillo. Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States. Duke University Press, 2016.
  • 2016: Carlos Kevin Blanton, George I. Sanchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration. Yale University Press. 2014.
  • 2015: Raul Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture. Harvard University Press. 2013.
  • 2014: Deborah Vargas, Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda. University of Minnesota Press. 2012.
  • 2013: Martha Menchaca, Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History. University of Texas Press. 2011.
  • 2012: David Montejano, Quixote's Soldiers. University of Texas Press. 2010.
  • 2011: Richard T. Rodriguez, Next of Kin: the Family in Chicano/a cultural politics. Duke University Press. 2009.
  • 2010: William David Estrada. The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space. University of Texas Press. 2008.