Publication Awards

2016 Best in Show
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the hidden meanings of flowers in art

Since 1994, the NEMA Publication Awards competition has showcased the best our region has to offer in museum publishing. As museums adapt to new formats, including mobile apps and other digital publications, so does NEMA, with  more categories and more opportunities for museums of all sizes and types.

The Publication Awards recognize excellence in design, production, programming, and effective communication in both print and digital publishing. Each year entries are judged by a panel of museum-related professionals experienced in publications.

All NEMA institutional members are eligible to enter the competition. To enter, complete the application form (one for each submission) and send it along with the publication and payment to the NEMA office.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 31, 2017.

Click here for the Call for Entries

Click here to submit a Publication Award entry fee.


2016 Winners




Publication Award Categories

  • Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, & Other Development Materials (Created primarily for fundraising.)    
  • Annual Reports
  • Books (Any non-periodical publication other than an exhibition catalogue.)
  • Educational Publications, Materials & Kits (For use before, during and after the museum visit, or materials used to promote or explain educational programming.)
  • Exhibition Catalogues (Any substantial, non-periodical publication designed to accompany a specific exhibit.)
  • Invitations
  • Newsletters & Magazines
  • Marketing/PR Materials (Posters, press kits, event rental brochures, event/program calendars, membership brochures.)
  • Supplementary Materials (Any other materials that inform the public about your institution and/or its exhibits.)
  • Websites (A website in its entirety or a specific section [i.e. interactive exhibit page] may be submitted. Websites will be judged on creativity and design, ease of use, effectiveness, and programming/compatibility.)
  • Mobile Apps (Digital publication created for use with smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.)

2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2013 Winners