Digital Book World Awards FAQ

Q. What information is needed in the accompanying PDF for each nomination?

A. Your name, your organization's name, your email address (especially if a free nomination by virtue of being a registered attendee for Digital Book World 2018), the nomination you're making, and all relevant information supporting your nomination.

Q. Well, what information do you need to support the nomination?

A. Each category will vary, but give the committee evaluating each category the information you think justifies being considered for that award.


Is the award for a book? Tell us why you think it should win. Is the award for a person? Give us some data and perhaps even an anecdote on why they should take home the prize.

If the award pertains to information available on the web, or to a publication itself available on the web, please link to it within your accompanying PDF.

The purpose of the PDF is to make the argument on behalf of your nominee / nomination. We intentionally limit guidance on how this should be done, so as to not unduly influence the process. Tell the judges what you'd like them to know.

Q. Is information submitted when making DBW Awards nominations kept confidential?

A. Yes. Only relevant judges will have access to the information and all will be required to sign confidentiality agreements to participate.

Q. How are these awards judged?

A. Criteria for judging each category will be decided by the judges themselves, who will be publishing professionals from across the world. Obviously, some categories may involve more subjectivity than others. Final decisions will belong to the judges both in terms of criteria used to evaluate nominees, and the winners themselves.

The identities of judges, along with the criteria used, will remain confidential unless the judges decide to make it public. A brief blurb discussing each category's winner will be released publicly by each panel of judges at the time of award announcement.

Q. What is the timeframe for eligibility for awards?

A. For awards for books or other actions (such as diversity or accessibility for example), the timeframe for eligibility is on or after October 1, 2017.

For awards for people or other awards that don't have such a discrete timeframe associated with them, we will place a higher value on supporting information which took place on or after October 1, 2017, than information which took place before October 1, 2017.

For example, if you're nominating an executive for Publishing Executive of the Year, supporting information for that individual which is more recent (and taking place on or after Oct 1, 2017) will be weighted significantly more heavily than supporting information taking place before that date.

Q. I have more questions. Who do I contact?

A. Email Someone will respond to you within 1 business day.