In November 2018, the International Society for the Study of Narrative named Maura Spiegel, term professor of English at Barnard College, one of the winners of the Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Prize for her co-authored 2017 book The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

This year's award, given annually to recognize a book or books "that have made the most significant contribution to the study of narrative," will be granted to Spiegel and her co-authors, all Columbia University faculty members: Rita Charon (professor of medicine and founder and executive director of the Narrative Medicine program), Edgar Rivera Colón (teaches qualitative research methods in the Narrative Medicine program), Sayantani DasGupta (faculty member in the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society), Nellie Hermann (creative director of the Narrative Medicine program), Craig Irvine (academic director of the master of science in the Narrative Medicine program), Eric R. Marcus (professor of clinical psychiatry), and Danielle Spencer (faculty member in the Narrative Medicine program and with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bioethics department). 

The Perkins Prize was established in honor of the “contributions of Barbara Perkins and George Perkins to the development and success of the Society, including the founding of both The Journal of Narrative Technique and the Society itself.” Citations for both books will be read during the Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Narrative conference in Pamplona, Spain.