At Frankfurt, Sharjah’s Rights Connection Awards Name First Shortlist

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The new Connection Awards honor rights professionals in two categories: at a publishing house and at a translation rights agency.

The announcement of the first shortlistees for the new Sharjah Rights Connection Awards was made on October 18 at a reception on the eve of Frankfurter Buchmesse, hosted by Sharjah Book Authority’s Ahmed Al Ameri. Image: WAM, Nabs Ahmedi

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Winners To Be Named at Sharjah Publishers Conference
At a reception on October 18 at The Hof in Frankfurt, Sharjah Book Authority announced the first shortlist for its new Rights Connection Awards program, designed to honor publishing-house rights professionals with one annual prize and independent professionals working with translation rights agencies with a parallel prize.

The authority’s chairman Ahmed Al Ameri—as we’ve reported, newly elevated to the emirate’s executive council by the author-emir Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi—made the announcement of the shortlists, with Bodour Al Qasimi of Sharjah, the outgoing president of the International Publishers Association (IPA).

Publishing Perspectives readers are aware of this new awards program from our article on September 20 announcing its establishment.

Countries represented in this inaugural year’s round of entries for the two categories are led by Egypt, India, and the United Kingdom—the world’s biggest producer of book and publishing awards programs. Also represented among the entries: the Untied Arab Emirates, Albania, Argentina, Argentina, Canada, Finland, Germany, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, and South Africa

Winners in this two-pronged award receive a payout worth US$2,500.

Rights Connection Awards Shortlist: Publishing House Rights Pros
  • Elle Brenton-Rounding, Bonnier Books UK LTD, UK
  • Gabriel Nieto, Editorial Planeta, Mexico
  • Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Rashad, Al Dar Al Masriah Al Lubnaniah, Egypt
Rights Connection Awards Shortlist: Independent or Agency Rights Pros
  • Benas Berantas, Book Smugglers Agency, Lithuania
  • Aoife Lennon-Ritchie, The Lennon-Ritchie Agency, South Africa
  • Mauro Spagnol, Books-Everywhere, UK

The winners of the inaugural competition are to be announced during the Sharjah International Book Fair Publishers Conference in November.

Ahmed Al Ameri and Bodour Al Qasimi at the Sharjah Connection Awards shortlist announcement during a reception in Frankfurt. Image: Nabs Ahmedi

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 183rd awards-related report published in the 189 days since our 2022 operations began on January 3.


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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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