Book Prizes

Shortlists to be released in early October

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.

Covers of Becoming Ms. Burton, All in a Day's Work, An American Summer and No Place on the Corner
Past Winner of the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

Past Winners

2017
Susan Burton’s Becoming
Ms. Burton
[The New Press]

2018
Bernice Yeung’s In a Day’s
Work: The Fight to End Sexual
Violence Against America’s
Most Vulnerable Workers

[The New Press]

2019 (Two Winners)
Jan Haldipur’s No Place on the
Corner: The Costs of Aggressive
Policing
[NYU Press]

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