Book Prizes

Congratulations to our winners!

Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection and For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World have won our adult and youth book prizes.

Shortlists released on October 2

The shortlists for both book prizes have been released! The winners will be announced online at our Annual Gala on October 29. Get your tickets here!

Launched in 2017, the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice celebrates the power of the written word to create change in the name of justice for all people—a value shared by the publishing community and Goddard Riverside.

We’re thrilled to announce that in 2020 we’ve added a prize for children’s and youth books in partnership with the Children’s Book Council!

The shortlists for each prize will be released in early October.

2020 Rules and Entry Forms

These rules are for reference only. The submission period for the 2020 prizes has closed.

Book Prize Judges

Meet the panels for both book prizes.

Past Winners


Susan Burton’s Becoming
Ms. Burton
[The New Press]


Bernice Yeung’s In a Day’s
Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers

[The New Press]


(Two Winners)
Jan Haldipur’s No Place on the
Corner: The Costs of Aggressive
[NYU Press]

Alex Kotlowitz’s An American
Summer: Love and Death in
[Nan A. Talese]

Past Shortlists

See our past shortlists here