2020 PW Star Watch

Star Watch Nomination Period is Closed.

PW Star Watch was created in 2015 by Publishers Weekly, in association with Frankfurter Buchmesse, to identify and celebrate members of the U.S. and Canadian publishing communities who are on the rise and bring recognition to them on a global stage. Over the last five years, we have highlighted art directors, editors, publicists, booksellers, and futurists, sharing their innovative contributions to the publishing industry. This year, we will continue to shine a light on creative members from all parts of the industry and expand the network and mentorship through engagement year round.

Now more than ever, the industry depends on innovators to look beyond what is and see what can be. Join us in honoring innovators and change makers and celebrating the community by nominating yourself or a colleague making a difference before and during this challenging time.

Forty honorees, five finalists and one Superstar! For the Superstar of the Star Watch 2020 publishing professional award, the all-expenses-paid sponsored trip to Frankfurt Book Fair 2021 is the prize, including an All-Access Business Pass.

Additionally, PW remains committed to serving the book industry throughout the health crisis. We recognize the incredible impact business disruption is having on our colleagues, which is why, now more than ever, we believe the Star Watch tradition of honoring the great work being done by our community is so important. To that end, 10 percent of the Star Watch sponsor proceeds will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc).

NOTE: Submissions are no longer being accepted.





Publishers Weekly may reach out to nominees for further information. Finalists will be announced in the September 9th issue of Publishers Weekly. Email service@publishersweekly.com with any technical questions about the submission form. Names and email addresses of all nominees will be shared with Frankfurt Book Fair. If you wish to learn more about how you can participate in the program by way of sponsorship, contact cbryerman@publishersweekly.com.
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