In service of its mission to expand the audience for literature in America, National Book Foundation’s Board of Directors annually names one $10,000 winner of its Innovations in Reading prize, as well as up to four projects as honorable mentions. The prize is awarded to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project that creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. 




The National Book Foundation's 2020 Innovations in Reading Prize will award $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 will recognize up to four honorable mentions.

Before completing the Application Narrative, please be sure you have:

1. Read detailed information about the prize and eligibility on our website.

2. Completed the Application Registration process.


If you have additional questions contact Jordan Smith at jsmith@nationalbook.org or 212-685-0261.

Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on February 13, 2020. 

National Book Foundation