2020 was a difficult year for everyone. While those difficulties have thrown all our lives into a jumble and while the cancellation of the Native American Literature Symposium in 2020 threw our schedule off a bit, we are overjoyed to celebrate the fantastic work published in 2019.

The members of the Native American Literature Symposium and Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures boards are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Beatrice Medicine Published Monograph and Essay Awards and the Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories. These awards highlight exceptional work published in the field of Indigenous studies in the year 2019.

The 2020 winner of the Beatrice Medicine Award for Best Published Monograph is Laura Harjo for her book Spiral to the Stars: Mvskoke Tools of Futurity from the University of Arizona Press.

The 2020 winner of the Beatrice Medicine Award for Best Published Academic Essay is Jeremiah Garsha for his essay “Red Paint: Transnational movements of Deconstructing, Decolonizing, and Defacing Colonial Structures” published here in the online, open-access journal Transmotion.

The 2020 winner of the Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories is Beth Piatote for her book The Beadworkers from Counterpoint Press.

The Beatrice Medicine Awards are generously funded by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University (www.reddcenter.byu.edu).

The Electa Quinney Award is funded by the Electra Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (www.uwm.edu/eqi).