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2012 “Prose Awards” Entry Period Now Open

Program Honoring the Best in Professional, Scholarly Publishing in its 37th Year

New York, NY; October 1, 2012 — Entries are now being accepted through October 31 for the 2012 PROSE Awards — the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, it was announced by the Association of American Publishers.

The PROSE Awards, one of the most prestigious programs honoring works in professional and scholarly publishing, launches its 37th season having enjoyed record numbers of submissions for the past four years including 512 entries from 65 different publishing organizations in 2011.

The PROSE Awards accepts submissions in more than 40 categories for books, reference works, journals and electronic products. Publishers that are members of AAP or the Association of American University Presses are eligible to enter. Submissions are judged by a 14-person panel of peer publishers, librarians and academics and are evaluated based on depth of scholarship, contribution to the field of study, significance of the work and excellence in content and design. Complete entry information is on the PROSE Awards website.

"The changes in the PROSE Awards program really do mirror the creative changes in our industry,” said John Jenkins, PROSE Chairman and President and Publisher Emeritus of CQ Press. "The future is digital and business models will continue to change rapidly. But publishers still need to draw attention to the great content they continue to create and to the innovative ways they package that content, digitally and otherwise. The PROSE Awards has become such a showcase that it’s seen as the best way for publishers to earn that recognition. An award from one’s peers is such a huge honor."

Winners will be announced at a luncheon ceremony during the AAP Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Annual Conference on February 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. The ceremony will be live-streamed and feature many new elements recognizing the diversity of the professional and scholarly publishing community.

About AAP

About the Association of American Publishers:

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.