The 2021 Constellation Award winner is Nomadic Press, headquartered in Oakland, California. Three finalists were also selected: FlowerSong Press in McAllen, Texas; BLF Press in Bloomington, Indiana; and La Impresora in Isabela, Puerto Rico. Read more.
Underwritten by Penguin Random House for 2021 and 2022, the annual Constellation Award is given to honor an independent literary press that is led by and/or champions the writing of people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals for excellence in publishing. The recipient receives $10,000.
- Presses must be led by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and AAPI individuals and/or a have a demonstrated commitment to championing books by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and AAPI authors.
- Presses must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their business practices.
- Presses must be English-language and/or Spanish-language publishers based in the United States.
- Presses must be independent publishers of literary books (over half the list must consist of fiction, poetry, drama, and literary prose).
- Presses must not be primarily self-publishing (at least 50% of titles must be published by authors not on staff; presses should not charge authors a fee to publish their works).
- Presses must have a 2-year track record of publishing at least 2 titles a year.
- Presses’ annual net sales must be below $1 million.
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