Guidelines, Selection, and Committees


Information for 2023 Award Submissions:

Only full-length books written or translated into English, 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, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Works of fiction, anthologies, biography, memoir, history, collections of columns, or articles are not eligible.


Submission guidelines for the 2023 award have changed.

Please submit the nomination form electronically: 
2023 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism Nomination Form 

We will not be accepting any nomination forms via email or mail. 

The deadline for nominations and the submission of the form is AUGUST 31, 2022. 
This year, we are requiring the submission of eleven print copies of the book and a controlled PDF of the book. 
Please submit the print copy of the book to:
The New York Public Library
Helen Bernstein Book Award for Journalism
476 Fifth Ave. SC3-05
New York, NY 10018-2788

Please submit the PDF copy of the book to

Please contact with any questions.

2022 Selection Committee

  • Brooke Kroeger (Chair) - New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
  • Shane Bauer - Author of American Prison 
  • Ethan Bronner - Senior Editor, Bloomberg News
  • Sheelah Kolhatkar - Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Marjorie Miller - Associated Press
  • Calvin Sims - CNN

2022 Library Review Committee

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

  • Ian Fowler (Chair) - Curator of Maps and Geospatial Librarian, SASB
  • Zoe Waldron - Metadata Specialist, Metadata Services Unit. Digital Research
  • Tali Stolzenberg-Myers - Associate Producer, Public Programs
  • Sarah Ball - Managing Librarian, Correctional Services
  • Nick Franklin - Adult Materials Selector, BookOps
  • Miguel Rosales, Librarian, Art & Architecture Collection, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, SASB
  • Maura Muller, Manager, Volunteer Program
  • Emma Davidson - Librarian II, The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, SASB
  • Danielle Cordovez - Librarian, Music & Recorded Sound, LPA
  • Ben Sapadin - Young Adult Librarian, Morris Park Library