Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice 2021

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Trish Anderton 
Director of PR 
Goddard Riverside 
mobile: 929-249-1449 

Click here for the Russo Prize online entry form

Rules & Guidelines  

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. It is awarded each year at Goddard Riverside’s Book Fair Gala in the fall.  

Entry Requirements 

Please review the rules to ensure your submissions are: 

  • Properly aligned with the subject matter; 
  • Published within the correct time period; 
  • In accordance with the formatting requirements for print or digital; 
  • Accompanied by an entry form and $75 fee; 
  • Submitted during the contest entry period. 

Subject Matter 

Eligible works are full-length, nonfiction books with subject matter related to housing, early childhood and secondary education, older adult life, city arts, social policy and other important aspects of community life that support and promote Goddard Riverside’s mission of investing in people and strengthening community. Books must be written in English.  

Book Release Dates  

To be eligible for the 2020 Book Prize, nominated books must have been published in the United States between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.  


If you’d like, you can submit both a digital and a print copy, but this is not required. 


Email a PDF to russoprize@goddard.org. No DRM or other copy-limiting technology is permitted. Watermarks over the text are not allowed; the text must be easily readable. Page proofs are not acceptable. Books must be received before midnight on May 22, 2021. 


Eight (8) copies of each title should be submitted. For submission purposes, published books and bound galleys or bound manuscripts for books not yet printed will be accepted. Page proofs are not acceptable. Books must arrive before May 21, 2021. Books should be mailed to: 

Russo Book Prize 
Goddard Riverside 
593 Columbus Ave. 
New York, NY 10024 

Entry Form and Fee 

There is an application fee of $75 for each book. To enter a book, please fill out the online submission form and pay the fee with a credit card. If paying by check, please contact us.  

Deadlines and Key Dates 

Books are accepted starting in March of 2021.0. Entry forms and books must be received no later than May 22, 2021. Publishers are asked to submit books as soon as they are available in order to help spread out the judging panel’s workload.  

A shortlist will be released in September and the winner will be announced at our Annual Gala later in the fall.  


There is no limit to the number of books an author or publisher may submit.  

Additional Conditions   

The author of the winning title (or their representative) must be present for the Goddard Riverside Book Fair Gala in Fall 2021.  The author of the winning title may be asked to participate in readings and other promotional events. 


Press releases announcing the shortlist and the winning title will be sent to news outlets. Goddard Riverside will promote the shortlist and prize winner on its web and social properties.  Publishers of winning titles will receive notification and will be authorized to use the medallion on book jackets and the book prize logo on other promotional materials.  Publishers of the shortlisted books and winning title will receive a customized digital press kit.  

Entry Form

Ready to enter? Click here for the Russo Prize online entry form!


Trish Anderton 
Director of PR 
Goddard Riverside 
mobile: 929-249-1449