Pauline Alderman Awards – Guidelines


IAWM grants the Pauline Alderman Awards for outstanding scholarship on women in music every two to three years, in three categories:

  1. An outstanding book-length monograph about women in music (including biography, history, analysis, and critical interpretation), in any academic format (e.g., book, dissertation, thesis, etc.).
  2. An outstanding journal article or essay dealing with an aspect of women in music.
  3. An outstanding bibliographic study, research tool, or reference work about women in music.


Competition Guidelines:

  1. Any individual or organization with current membership of IAWM may submit works for consideration (in physical form, as a PDF, or a link to an online publication) along with a letter of nomination.
  2. The letter of nomination should state the name, title, and complete contact information of the author(s) and a bibliographic citation including the title and publication data of the work nominated.
  3. Works need not be in English.
  4. Works submitted for a previous cycle may not be resubmitted.
  5. Works should be submitted in electronic form where possible. If submitting a physical book, please also send your letter of nomination by email. For an article in an online journal, please include the URL of the article in your email. Please include a self-addressed mailer with international postage paid along with a physical book if you wish to have your submission returned. Materials with insufficient return postage will not be returned.
  6. Submissions will be evaluated for quality and significance of research, clarity, persuasiveness, and utility as a model for future scholarship.
  7. IAWM reserves the right to withhold an award, should the judging panel so recommend.

If your membership is not current at time of submission, the work will be disqualified. To join IAWM or renew your membership, please see the IAWM website here:

For any questions, please contact Chair Monica Buckland at [email protected], using the subject line, “Pauline Alderman Awards.”