Book Award

Applications will open on 11 March 2024 and close on 23 June 2024.

This award recognises high standards of published works in psychology, with nominees able to nominate books in any of the following categories:  

  • Academic monograph – a significant scholarly work, usually by a single author that has contributed to, defined or redefined an area of psychological knowledge.

  • Practitioner texts – a manual, reference or handbook, that has made a significant impact in expounding and promulgating an evidence-based approach, to an area of practice of psychology.

  • Text book – an instructional text or manual on one area of psychological knowledge or on psychology more generally for the specific purpose of contributing to a course of psychological study that has made a significant impact on the learning and teaching of psychology.

  • Popular science – an exposition of an area of psychology or psychology more generally, written in an accessible way and aimed at the general reader.


Each category will receive one award.

The award includes a commemorative certificate and the sum of £500.


This is an annual award.

  • Nominations open: 11 March 2024
  • Nominations close: 23 June 2024

Application criteria


Criteria and eligibility are subject to change (changes will be applied when the award is open to nominations)

Nominations must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The author or at least one co-author must be resident in the UK.
  • We can only accept nominations for books published after 01 January 2020.
  • The book must be consistent with the society's Guidelines on The Use of Non-Sexist Language (copies of which are available on request).
  • Only first editions of a book are considered.
  • Edited collections of papers are not eligible.
  • Books published by the society under the partnership with Routledge are not eligible.

Other relevant information

Please read the following information before submitting your nomination.

  • Nominators can make up to a maximum of two nominations in each category (please submit nominations separately).

  • Individuals, authors, publishers, or their agents may make a nomination.

  • Nomination submissions must include the title of the book; the category in which it is being nominated; the name(s) and full contact details (including email address) of the author(s) and the publisher and the date of publication.

Please include a statement (approximately one side of A4), explaining:

  1. Why the author(s) should receive the Book Award
  2. Why the book is relevant now, what new issues/approaches it includes and how it    differs from previous publications.
  3. What is the focus of evidence (e.g. theoretical discussions or experimental research, case studies supported by previous work, the author's own research etc.).
  4. Who the intended audience is and why they should read it.
  5. How the book will enhance knowledge, research, practice, or day-to-day life.

Please also include at least two published reviews of the book. If a review is in a foreign language, you should include an English language transcript.

Please also note that, if you are re-submitting a nomination from a previous year, please include reviews that have been published in the period following the initial submission.

Reviews from online journals are acceptable. However, non-peer reviewed ratings e.g. Amazon reviews are not accepted.

Please provide an electronic copy of the book. This will greatly assist the panel.

If we do not receive any books of sufficient merit within a category, we reserve the right to make no award.

Conflicts of interest

Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest – e.g. if nominating a spouse/partner or other relation.

A conflict of interest will not prevent acceptance of the nomination but will be borne in mind by the awarding panel when considering the award.

If we become aware of a conflict of interest that you have not declared, we will have to discount the nomination.

How to apply

Please follow the link below to access and complete the application form.

Submit an application now

Please note: we cannot accept late nominations.

For any queries, please contact: [email protected]