Innovations in Reading Prize

Posted by on January 27, 2014

National Book Foundation Seeks Nominations for Innovations in Reading Prize


Each year, the National Book Foundation recognizes individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the foundation seeks to expand the audience for literature in America.

The Innovations in Reading Prizes rewards individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement about and a passionate engagement with books and literature.

The foundation is seeking applications from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Key criteria include creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. Priority will be given to applicants who have developed interdisciplinary approaches and incorporate innovative thinking with respect to design, technology, social change, social entrepreneurship, or other fields into their approach. Candidates can enter themselves for consideration or be nominated by others.

Winners will receive $2,500 each and be featured prominently on the foundation’s Web site and other digital platforms.

Any U.S. citizen or U.S.-based organization, including for-profit companies and military bases, are eligible to apply for the prize.

For complete program guidelines, nomination instructions, and information about winners from previous years, see the National Book Foundation Web site.

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