By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
A Quick Deadline for Submissions
Earlier this month, as reported by Publishing Perspectives, the International Publishers Association (IPA) announced that two industry leaders from Turkey share its Prix Voltaire for valor in pursuing the freedom to publish. They are the publisher, journalist, and critic Turhan Günay, and the publishing house Evrensel.
Now, IPA is issuing a call for the 2018 round of awards “for exemplary courage in upholding the freedom to publish and enabling others to exercise their freedom of expression.”
Here are details of the prize and nominations process.
- The closing date for nominations for 2018 is coming rather quickly, extended now to October 28, because the presentation of the award is to be made during the February 10-14 IPA Congress in New Delhi.
- The nine members of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish committee will create a shortlist in November.
- A winner will be announced in January, prior to the presentation in February.
- A nomination can be made by “any individual, group or organization can nominate a publisher, defined as an individual, collective or organization that provides others with the means to share their ideas in written form, including via digital platforms,” according to the guidelines.
- To submit a nomination, use this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The recipient of the award receives 10,000 Swiss francs (US$10,430–the IPA is based in Geneva). And that purse is made possible by these sponsors:
- Albert Bonniers Förlag (Sweden)
- Aschehoug (Norway)
- Associazione Italiana Editori (Italy)
- Bonnier Media Deutschland (Germany)
- Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (Germany)
- Cappelen Damm (Norway)
- Gyldendal (Norway)
- Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (Germany)
- Les Editions du Seuil (France)
- Librius (Belgium)
- Natur & Kultur (Sweden)
- Norstedts (Sweden)
- Verlagsgruppe Random House (Germany)
- Storytel (Sweden)
‘Threats, Intimidation or Harassment’
“Nominees have usually published controversial works amid pressure, threats, intimidation or harassment, be it from governments, other authorities or private interests.”IPA Prix Voltaire
The first recipient of the prize under its relatively new name, the Prix Voltaire, is Raif Badawi, whose prize was conferred in 2016.
This year’s recipients, Günay and Everensel, are to be given their award on September 29 at Gothenburg Book Fair in Sweden.
Previously known as the Freedom to Publish Prize, the award’s winners from the past can be found in a list here.
In a prepared statement for the media, the IPA’s discussion of the Prix Voltaire says, “The IPA Prix Voltaire is unique in honoring the freedom to publish, without which many forms of freedom of expression would be impossible. Publishers who provide authors with the tools to disseminate their written ideas assume the same risks as the writers themselves.
“Nominees have usually published controversial works amid pressure, threats, intimidation or harassment, be it from governments, other authorities or private interests.
“Alternatively, they may be publishers with a distinguished record of upholding the values of freedom to publish and freedom of expression.
“For the purposes of the IPA Prix Voltaire, the definition of ‘publisher’ is an individual, collective or organization that provides others with the means to share their ideas in written form, including via digital platforms.”