The National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize awards $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project which creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. In addition, the Foundation recognizes four projects to receive the designation of honorable mention. Both the winner and the honorable mentions are invited to participate in the Foundations’ annual Why Reading Matters Conference.
All U.S. citizens and American institutions are eligible for this prize. Examples include:
- After-school and community-based programs
- Non-profits such as museums and libraries
- Startups focused on reading and literature
- Share the National Book Foundation’s mission to expand the audience for literature in America;
- Focus on reading, and not exclusively literacy skills;
- Demonstrate innovation in mission, approach, and/or audience/community served;
- Apply for an existing program/project/initiative with evidence of success—as Innovations in Reading is a prize and not a grant, the goal is to reward work already underway, encouraging it to continue and/or expand.