Innovations in Reading Prize
Each year, the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize awards $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project which creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. In addition, the Foundation recognizes four projects to receive the designation of honorable mention.
Applications for the 2019 Innovations in Reading Prize will open at 9am on January 4, 2019. Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on February 15, 2019.
If you have questions, please contact Jordan Smith at [email protected] or call 212.685.0261.
All U.S. citizens and non-profit organizations with 501c3 status are eligible for this prize. Previous winners can apply for new initiatives.
We strongly encourage applicants to read about past winners to get a sense of programs we support.
Each year, National Book Foundation assembles a panel of literary professionals to serve as reviewers. Applications are reviewed by the panel, who select a set of finalists. Finalists are then presented to the National Book Foundation Board of Directors for final selections.
The 2019 winner and honorable mentions will be announced the first week of May.
You may submit your own application, or nominate an organization or individual’s project (please notify the nominee you are submitting an application for the Innovations in Reading Prize on their behalf).
You will need:
Please direct any questions about the application process to Jordan Smith, [email protected].
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Since 2009, the National Book Foundation has awarded the Innovations in Reading Prize to an individual or organization that inspires readers and engages new audiences with literature. From bicycle-powered libraries that serve Portland, OR’s homeless community to empowering Harry Potter fans to build libraries around the world, the Innovations in Reading Prize recognizes literary activists who share the National Book Foundation’s aims to engage readers from all backgrounds.
Each spring, the Foundation’s Board of Directors names one $10,000 winner, as well as four projects for honorable mentions.
Applications for the 2019 Innovations in Reading Prize are now open and are due by 11:59pm EST on February 15, 2019.
You can review application guidelines and apply here.