The Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award


The Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award is presented biennially in even years for work in the field of composition and rhetoric to recognize outstanding scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory. The award carries a $200.00 honorarium and is presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Award Recipients

2018—Jean Bessette for her monograph Retroactivism in the Lesbian Archives (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017). 
Honorable mentions go to Rebecca Lorimer Leonard for her monograph Writing on the Move (Pittsburgh University Press, 2017) and to Eric Darnell Pritchard for his monograph Fashioning Lives (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017).

2016—Cristina Devereaux Ramírez for her monograph Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942 (University of Arizona Press, 2015).
Honorable mention
goes to Carolyn Skinner for her monograph Women Physicians and Professional Ethos in Nineteenth-Century America (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015).

2014—Jacqueline Jones Royster and Gesa E. Kirsch for their co-authored Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012).

2012—Susan Delagrange for Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World (USUP and CCDP, 2011).

2010—Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau for Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots: Activism in the GirlZone (SUNY Press, 2008).


An eligible work must have been published in the two years previous to the year of the award. (For example, a work eligible for the 2020 award will have been published in calendar year 2018 or 2019.) Single or multiple authored books, as well as edited volumes, are eligible. We welcome nominations from authors, editors, publishers, or readers. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member of Coalition at the time of nomination.

Review Criteria

  • Is the work relevant to and may it be situated within the broadly defined fields of feminist research in Composition and Rhetoric?
  • Does the work demonstrate a fair and balanced research agenda in the form of feminist inquiry: archival, historical, classroom-based, community based, empirical, or theoretical work?
  • Is the need for this research within the field clear and compelling?
  • Is this research problem couched within existing scholarship of the field?
  • Does the scholarship provide a framework by which the field may be advanced by other researchers?
  • Does the work make a substantial contribution to the field?

Nominations and Contact

Nominations must be received by December 1, 2019 and must include five (5) copies of the book and a brief (500 words) nominating statement. Electronic submissions are accepted. Please send materials to:

Lisa Mastrangelo
Immediate Past President, CFSHRC
Department of English
Centenary University
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Contact Lisa Mastrangelo ( for additional information.