Johanna K. Tabin Book Proposal Prize

This prize aims to encourage Div. 39 members who have not published a psychoanalytic book to submit a book proposal.

Sponsors: Division 39 ; APA Books


The Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div. 39) and APA Books co-sponsor the Johanna K. Tabin Book Proposal Prize for a first book by a psychoanalytic author. This award competition is offered every year. The winner receives a certificate of recognition, a book contract with APA Books and a $1,000 cash advance on royalties.

The aim of this prize is to encourage psychoanalytic writing by Div. 39 members who have yet to publish a psychoanalytic book. Prize criteria include good writing and originality, as well as clinical and scholarly relevance. The proposed book should promise to be an original and coherent monograph. Edited collections of previously published papers are not acceptable, nor are edited volumes of contributions by more than one author. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers will disqualify the entry.


Applicants must be members of Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis) and not have published a psychoanalytic book.

How to Apply

The proposal should consist of: 

  1. A cover letter to include the author's identifying and contact information.
  2. A full CV.
  3. A statement of sufficient length to describe the mission, scope and potential contribution of the project to psychoanalysis.
  4. A table of contents.
  5. One, and only one, sample chapter.

Submissions are accepted as separate attachments in Word, rich text only or similar format. Blind review evaluations are conducted by the Book Proposal Committee, the editor of APA Books and an honorary judge.

Questions should be addressed to: Bill MacGillivray.

Past Recipients

Malin Fors
Book Proposal: "A Grammar of Power in Psychotherapy" (In Press)

Award Winner
Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
Book Proposal: "Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy" (published in 2016)

Honorable Mentions
Jim Thiesen, PhD
Book Proposal: "The Therapist's Use of Countertransference"

Trisha Ready, PhD
Book Proposal: "The Rhythm of Connection"

Anthony Bram PhD
"Psychological Testing that Matters: Creating a Road Map for Effective Treatment" (published in 2014)

Perrin Elisha, PhD
"The Conscious Body: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Body in Psychotherapy" (published in 2010)

Date created: 2014