Distinguished Publication on Business Communication


The Distinguished Publication on Business Communication award recognizes an outstanding article, essay, or book that has made a significant contribution to the discipline and was authored by a member of the Association.

The award recipient(s) receives a plaque, one-year full membership in the Association, and a monetary award of $500 USD cash contributed by Board-approved sponsor(s). By existing agreement, the Association for Business Communication permits the sponsor(s) to publicize the name(s) of the awardee(s) in advertising. This award is sponsored by the Association.

Eligibility Criteria

The Award for Distinguished Publication on Business Communication is awarded to the author(s) of an article, essay, or book which meets the following criteria:

  1. Contributes significantly to scholarship, research, and/or pedagogy. Textbooks are not candidates for this award.
  2. Demonstrates originality of thought and careful investigation.
  3. Is extremely well written, lucid, and engaging.
  4. Has been published in hard copy, published online first, or copyrighted in the calendar year preceding the annual conference at which the award will be presented.

Authors are not eligible to receive this award two years in a row.  Publications may not be nominated more than once.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations may be made by members at large. A call for Nominations is sent to the members of ABC to make recommendations. The ABC Publications Board selects the recipient of the award.

Submit your nominations to the Publications Board Chair (contact information below). Please include complete publication information and a one-or-two paragraph rationale for the nomination in an email message. If you nominate a work that appears in the International Journal of Business Communication or Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, you do not need to send a copy with your nomination. For the "Distinguished Publication" award, please send a copy of the article or book chapter as an email attachment. If you nominate a book, please mail three hardcopies to the Publications Board Chair. 

Nominations must be received by the ABC Publication Board chair by June 15.

Publication Board Chair: Jason Snyder
Associate Professor
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT


The award winner will be notified approximately 90 days before the annual conference.

Authors are not eligible to receive this award two years in a row. If the review committee finds no book, chapter, article or essay worthy of the award in a given year, no award will be presented.

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