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Guidelines, Selection, and Committees

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Guidelines, Selection, and Review

Eligibility

Only full-length books written by an author or authors whose primary profession is print, broadcast, or electronic journalism are eligible. Among the factors that will be considered in determining the winner will be the significance of the subject, the book's influence on public opinion or policy, and the quality of the reporting and writing. Books must be scheduled for original publication between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Works of fiction, anthologies, biography, memoir, history, collections of columns, or articles are not eligible.

Nominations Deadline

The deadline for nominating titles for the 2017 award is October 1, 2017. Books may be nominated by publishers or agents and must be accompanied by the nomination form (click below). Books submitted by their authors will not be accepted. The Library begins accepting nominations July 28, 2017. Finalists will be announced in April 2018 and the winner in May, 2018.

Submission Process

In addition to the nomination form, please submit the following information and materials by October 1, 2017:

  • ten copies of the book (or bound galley)
  • biographical information about the author
  • available reviews

Please complete the 2018 nomination form to submit all nominations to the Library at:

The New York Public Library
Helen Bernstein Book Award for Journalism
476 Fifth Ave. (Southcourt - 3rd Floor)
New York, NY 10018-2788
Attn: Jason Baumann

PDF icon2018_nomination_form.pdf

For questions about submitting work for the Bernstein Award, please contact Jason Baumann at jasonbaumann@nypl.org

Selection Committee

James F. Hoge (Chair) - Human Rights Watch, Teneo Intelligence, and NYU Center for Global Affairs

Anand Giridharadas - Author of  The True American

Brooke Kroeger - New York University, Arthur L.Carter Journalism Institute

Lynn Povich - International Women's Media Foundation,  Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch 

Calvin Sims - International House, National Book Foundation

Margaret Sullivan - Washington Post 


Library Review Committee

The five finalists are chosen by a Library Review Committee, consisting of staff from across NYPL. 

Rhonda Evans - Librarian, Collection Development

Aidan Flax-Clark - Manager, Public Programs

Gwen Glazer - Librarian, Reader Services

Ken Johnson - Librarian, Information Services, Science, Industry and Business Library

Meredith Mann - Librarian, Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Emily Pullen - Assistant Book Buyer, NYPL Retail Shop, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 

Shannon Regan - Coordinator of E-Resources and Serials, Acquisitions