Book Awards

The Parapsychological Association(PA) Book Award recognizes books in the field of parapsychology that make significant contributions to science and to the cultural conversation about the implications of parapsychology. New (no more than two years in print) and in-press books published in English, French, German, Spanish or Portuguese (including translations) are eligible for the award. Notable works in other languages may also be considered, given the availability of appropriate committee members to evaluate them.

Submissions for the award will be accepted from authors and publishers. The annual deadline is March 31st for recognition at the PA’s annual convention, but the committee accepts submissions year round. To submit a book for consideration, send a cover letter and PDF file to Please also send three paper copies, if available, to the Parapsychological Association, P.O. Box 14884, Columbus, OH 43214, USA.  

The PA Book Award committee will also accept nominations from PA members. Nominators should write one or two paragraphs about the merits of the book and the background of the author and send it to When a book is nominated by a PA member, the review committee chair may contact authors/publishers to request  copies of the book for consideration and evaluation.

PA Book Award winners will be invited to display a seal of the award on their book jackets and in all marketing materials. They will be recognized at the annual PA convention, and will receive a medal of the award seal and a certificate.

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2018 PA Book Award Winner - Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
David Luke is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, Past President of the Parapsychological Association, and co-author of numerous books and journal articles.  In his first solo book Otherworlds: Psychedelics and ... More

2017 PA Book Award Winner: Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife

Leslie Kean is an independent investigative journalist and author. Her new book, Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife , is an important vehicle for the parapsychological community in reaching out to the general public. She ... More

2017 PA Book Award Winner: EnquĂȘte sur 150 Ans de Parapsychologie en France

Enquête sur 150 Ans de Parapsychologie en France is a history of various aspects of French psychical research by Renaud Evrard. Evrard has much to say about many individuals, institutions, investigations, and issues, not to mention time periods, ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Varieties of Anomalous Experience, 2nd Edition

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
In this revised and updated edition of Varieties of Anomalous Experience ,  edited by Etzel Cardeña , Steven Jay Lynn, and Stanley Krippner , contributors present a wide range of research on anomalous experiences, from commonly documented ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Extrasensory Perception

Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science has won a Parapsychological Association Book Award.This two-volume tome, edited by Edwin May and Sonali Marwaha , will be a very important book and should be on the bookshelf of all serious readers ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Ojos Invisibles

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016
Ojos Invisibles: La Cruzada por la Conquista del Espiritu ( Invisible Eyes: The Crusade for the Conquest of the Spirit) is  a collection of high quality essays about various parapsychological topics. Most of the essays are new, although some are ... More

2016 PA Book Award Winner: Prometheus and Atlas

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016
Prometheus and Atlas is an incredibly ambitious synthesis of western thought -- actually, global thought -- with a central place devoted to understanding the significance of what author Jason R. Jorjani calls The Spectral : outlaw phenomena that are not ... More

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016
Many people have experienced such unusual phenomena as dreams that later seem to correspond with unforeseeable events, thinking of a long-lost friend just before he or she unexpectedly calls, or the ability to "feel" the presence of deceased ... More

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Beyond Physicalism

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016
The rise of modern science has brought with it increasing acceptance among intellectual elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply both with everyday human experience and with beliefs widely shared among the world’s great cultural traditions. ... More

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Experimentelle Parapsychologie

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016
Is there scientific evidence for extrasensory perception, psychokinesis or precognition? These questions systematic have feuled experiments that have been carried out for over 100 years. Experimentelle Parapsychologie: Eine Einführung  a ... More
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