Purpose: The award recognizes outstanding English Journal articles written by someone who does not qualify for the English Journal Paul and Kate Farmer Award.
Eligibility: The award shall cover articles written in issues published between September and July of two consecutive volume years.
Award Criteria: The award shall be given bi-annually (every even year). Up to two honorable mentions will also be named. The editor of English Journal shall draw up the annual list of eligible authors and shall be the arbiter of eligibility.
Award Specifics: The award is announced by the award committee chair and presented by the journal editor at the Secondary Section Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention. The winner receives a plaque, complimentary registration for the NCTE Annual Convention, and a ticket to the Secondary Section Luncheon. Honorable mentions receive a certificate, complimentary registration for the NCTE Annual Convention, and a ticket to the Secondary Section Luncheon.
The English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award is named after the author of the lead article in the first issue of the English Journal, a former professor of rhetoric and English language at the University of Kansas, member of the first Board of Directors of NCTE, and co-author of the first NCTE constitution.
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