2021 ALAN Award Winner

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN) is pleased to announce Ellen Oh as the 2021 recipient of the ALAN Award.

The ALAN Award is given to someone who has made “outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature.” For more information about the ALAN Award, click here

Join us at the ALAN 2021 Virtual Breakfast on November 20th from 9:30-10:45 AM EST to honor Ellen Oh! The event is free to all ALAN and NCTE attendees!


2021 Konigsberg Award Winner

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN) is pleased to announce that Paula Chase-Hyman is the 2021 winner of the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature.

The Konigsberg award was established in 2018 to recognize an individual who has acted in selfless advocacy of marginalized youth through the creation, teaching, funding or other form of promotion of young adult literature. For more about the Konigsberg Award, click here

2021 ALAN Elections Open!

ALAN members! It’s time to vote in this year’s ALAN elections! Please check your email (including your spam folder) for a message, which includes the ballot. We have a tremendous slate of candidates this year, and they need your support! Plus, this year there is no need for you to hunt for your membership number on The ALAN Review. Simply open the email sent out on October 14, and you’re all set to vote!

Nominate for the 2021 Bill Konigsberg Award

Nominate for the 2021 Bill Konigsberg Award

ALAN is now accepting nominations for the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature, presented annually to someone who has advocated for marginalized youth through YA lit.

Nominations are open through September 1, 2021. Click here to submit a nomination.

2021 ALAN Workshop Update

2021 ALAN Workshop Update

Currently the ALAN Workshop is scheduled to be in person in Louisville from the evening of November 20th through the afternoon of November 22nd. We have 500 seats spread out on round tables in the convention ballroom that seats 1500. We will follow all CDC guidelines and ask that all attendees be masked. Attendees will receive the ALAN book box on-site at the Louisville Convention Center.

Unfortunately what was a relatively stable post-vaccine America shifted very quickly at the end of July, and ALAN continues to follow the CDC recommendations as they are updated. If ALAN must shift to a virtual conference space, decisions will be made by the first week of September. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know that we are regularly evaluating the circumstances, and it will not leave our minds. We will share an update as soon as possible.

~ The ALAN Executive Committee

The ALAN Review is Seeking New Reviewers!

The ALAN Review is Seeking New Reviewers!

The ALAN Review (TAR) publishes high-quality articles and professional materials that support the learning and development of readers committed to (or wanting to learn more about) young adult literature—its authors, its readers, and its advocates. TAR publishes scholarship and resource materials that build, expand, and challenge readers’ understandings, as well as support them in the daily work they do with the students in their care.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please review the information below.

Become a Reviewer for The ALAN Review

Thank you for wanting to serve as a reviewer for The ALAN Review! TAR publishes high-quality articles and professional materials that support the learning and development of readers committed to (or wanting to learn more about) young adult literature—its authors, its readers, and its advocates. TAR publishes scholarship and resource materials that build, expand, and challenge readers’ understandings, as well as support them in the daily work they do with the students in their care.Expectations of reviewers are as follows:

1. Read and evaluate manuscripts within three weeks of receipt. Reviewers will provide timely and thoughtful feedback on the relevance of the manuscript to the call/field of YAL, clarity of the writing, and strength of the methods/approaches described. Reviewers will provide evidence for the claims they make about the manuscript and provide specific feedback for the author. We aim for the revision process to be constructive for the author; therefore, we expect reviewer comments to be actionable, clear, and kind.

2. Reviewers ultimately select if a manuscript is: Accept (with minor revisions), Conditionally Accept (accept with necessary revisions), Revise and Resubmit for Review (Substantial revisions necessary; resubmit with no guarantee of publication), Reject (Not suitable for publication in TAR).

We appreciate your expertise and support of our authors. We employ a double-blind referee system: identities of the author(s) and the reviewers are not revealed to one another.  However, we include reviewers’ comments (or excerpts) in our responses to submitting author(s).To indicate your interest, please fill out the below Google form with your information and expertise. When we receive manuscripts for each issue, we try to match manuscripts to our reviewer’s expertise. If selected, you will then receive a blinded copy of a manuscript and a Google form to complete the review within 2-3 weeks.To become a reviewer, please fill out the this interest form.

Seeking Applicants for the 21-22 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee

Seeking Applicants for the 21-22 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee

ALAN is currently accepting membership applications for the 2021-22 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award committee. If you’re a classroom teacher, librarian/media specialist, or university professor, and want to contribute to the important work of this committee, please consider applying. Nominations are due by June 18th, 2021, and applications should be submitted via Google Form.

To learn more about committee responsibilities, and to submit your application, please consult this doc or view the PDF below:

The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by ALAN, is awarded to a YA title that exemplifies literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature. Named for Amelia Elizabeth Walden, who was a pioneer in the field of Young Adult literature, the committee presents the award to one winning title, with up to four additional honor titles.

The award committee is composed of ten ALAN members (3 teachers, 3 university professors, 3 librarians, and 1 chair) and is appointed by the previous year’s chair and current ALAN President. Committee members should expect A LOT of reading over the course of the year and be able to keep to a strict reading and discussion schedule, as outlined by the committee chair.

Again, the application deadline is June 18th, so don’t delay. We’re looking forward to another incredible award slate next year!