News

“Committed to Young Writers – Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle Congratulations NYC HS Writers”

62 NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN $115,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE 2017 PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CREATIVE WRITING AWARDS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photos Available Upon Request

 

62 NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN $115,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AT

THE 2017 PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

CREATIVE WRITING AWARDS

Sponsored by The Penguin Random House Foundation

 

Awards Program at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of One World Chris Jackson

Executive Director National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas

Author & Contributing Editor of Rolling Stone David Kushner,

Author/Playwright Richard Hoehler

Will Present Scholarship Awards to First-Place Winners

including the Maya Angelou Scholarship Award for Spoken Word Poetry

 

New York, NY, June 13, 2017 – Since 1994, more than two million dollars have been awarded to students and their schools by Random House, and now Penguin Random House, through this awards competition.  The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards presents $115,000 in scholarships tonight to sixty-two New York City public high school seniors for original poetry/spoken word, memoir, fiction and graphic-novel compositions.  In recognition of the unique vision and voices of these New York City high school students, each submission to the competition is given individual consideration through a multi-level selection process.

 

Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House CEO said, “At Penguin Random House, we are deeply committed to creating the next generation of writers and readers around the world. This commitment drives everything we do – from the books we promote and publish, to the programs we fund and support – and is personified no more proudly than in our Creative Writing Program. I congratulate and applaud all of tonight’s young writers.”

 

In this twenty-fourth year for the competition, more than 1,100 entries were received from a diverse number of public high schools throughout the city’s five boroughs. The awards presentation will include dramatic readings, spoken-word poetry, and graphic-novel presentations from a selection of winners, including this year’s newest $10,000 scholarship recipient of the *Maya Angelou Scholarship Award for Spoken Word Poetry.  The 2017 first-place winners are:

 

Christy Deng, Memoir, Edward R. Murrow High School

Madison Aubey, Poetry, Hunter College High School

Sophia Zhao, Fiction & Drama, Bronx High School of Science

Julissa Salas, Graphic Novel, Hostos Lincoln Academy

*Quameek English, Spoken Word Poetry, Brooklyn Generation School

 

The winning high school seniors and their families, along with teachers and publishing industry guests will be joined by Chris Jackson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for One World (an imprint of Random House); Lisa Lucas, Executive Director for the National Book Foundation; David Kushner author and contributing editor for Rolling Stone; and Richard Hoehler OOBR award-winning actor and author/playwright.  The evening will include dramatic readings, spoken-word performances, and a graphic-novel presentation fully produced by Penguin Random House.

 

Among this year’s judges are Penguin Young Readers Executive Editor Rob Valois; and Villard Books author Janice Erlbaum. The complete list of judges is: Robert V. Conte, Graphic Novel Author; Haley Davis, Associate Diversified Sales, Penguin Random House; Sean Geary, National Accounts Manager/Club Channel, Penguin Random House; Erin Gruwell, Broadway Author, President, Freedom Writers Foundation; Lauren Helms, Team Coordinator, DK; Richard Hoehler, Actor, Writer &Teaching Artist; Rob Holden, Associate Sales, Penguin Random House; Dana Isokawa, Assistant Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine; Evelyn Polesny, Writer, Educator & Actress; Megha Jain, eBook Production Editor, Berkley; Deanna Masselli, Lead Analyst, Tech Admin, Penguin Random House; Areva Ragle, Senior Production Designer, DK; Natalie Riera, Senior Manager, Digital Workflow, Penguin Random House; Barbara Rothenberg, President, New York City Association Principals Supervising English; Samantha Seerman, eBook Production Manager, Knopf & Crown; Phillip Stamper, Manager, Publishing Development & Author Platforms.

 

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

 

For more about the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards, please visit our website at https://foundation.penguinrandomhouse.com.

 

 

For photos or copies of this year’s winning entries email or call Melanie Fallon-Houska.

 

CONTACTS:

Stuart Applebaum

212-782-9623

 

Melanie Fallon-Houska

212-782-8319

267-251-0882 Cell

mfallonhouska@penguinrandomhouse.com

 

 

Inagural Grant Recipients Announced at the 2017 American Libraries Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Librarian Reception

New York, NY, January 20, 2017 – The Penguin Random House Foundation, home to the Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation, today announced the recipients of its 2017 Library Awards for Innovation.  These awards recognize the nation’s most innovative public libraries and librarians for community-based library programs that engage citizens in reading and strengthen the social and cultural fabric of their community.  Open to public libraries and public school libraries across the United States and Canada (2017 only), the awards aim to encourage citizens to participate in and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their communities.

 

Skip Dye, Vice President, Academic Marketing & Library Sales, Penguin Random House, announced this year’s 2017 recipients at the Penguin Random House Librarian Reception annually held on opening day of the American Libraries Association Midwinter Meetings & Exhibits conference, this year held at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta.

 

“It’s such an honor to highlight and celebrate some of the extraordinary and innovative programs which librarians have created to connect and grow literacy in their communities,” said Mr. Dye.  “Never has there been a more important time to encourage, support and value the impact that librarians have in our society. These librarians, in fact all librarians, are doing their part to transform their communities while strengthening the social and cultural fabric of our world.”

 

The 2017 awards consist of one $10,000 first-place grant, six $1,000 runner-up grants, and one book grant award for each librarian’s respective public library. In addition, book donations will be made to all of this year’s winners, listed below:

 

Kay Marner–$10,000 Grant Recipient, Project Coordinator

Ames Public Library – Ames, IA

 

Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Head of Teen Svcs.

Uniondale Public Library – Uniondale, NY

 

Jessica Link –  $1,000 Grant Recipient, Volunteer Coordinator

Cedar Rapids Public Library – Cedar Rapids, IA

 

Keenon McCloy – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Director

Memphis Public Library– Memphis, TN

 

Linda Osuna – $1,000 Grant Recipient, CEO Manager

Hillsboro Public Library – Hillsboro, OR

 

Tracy Green – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Director of Development

Louisville Free Public Library– Louisville, KY

 

Janet Brown – $1,000 Grant Recipient, Library Svcs. Rep.

Windsor Public Library – Windsor, ON

 

Jerry Szpilla – Book Grant Award Recipient, Manager

Camden County Library System– Camden, NJ

 

 

As part of the first-place award, conference registration, travel, and lodging expense was included so that librarian Kay Marner could accept the awards at the evening’s opening Penguin Random House reception, expected to be attended by more than 150 librarians from around the country.

 

###

 

 

About Penguin Random House

 

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

 

 

CONTACTS:

 

Claire von Schilling                                                    Melanie Fallon-Houska

212-782-9876                                                              212-782-8319

 

More information regarding this year’s recipients, including the 2018 application go to:

 

http://foundation.penguinrandomhouse.com.

 

Application submission deadline is April 15, 2018.

 

2016 Teacher Grant Recipients Announced @ NCTE Opening Session

New York, NY, November 17, 2016

The Penguin Random House Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teacher Awards for Literacy, including the newly created Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry. These awards recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students and are open to full and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States. The winners are awarded grants to help further their innovative reading programs and disseminate them to other teachers around the country.

 

Melanie Fallon-Houska, Director of Corporate Giving, announced this year’s 2016 recipients at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention during its opening session, in Atlanta, GA.

 

Also featured was the first recipient of the newly created $10,000 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry. Presented by Dr. Maya Angelou’s great granddaughter Caylin Johnson, the award specifically focuses on poetry initiatives and is awarded in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou’s legacy.

 

The 2016 awards consist of two $10,000 first-place grants, one $5,000 second-place grant, and one $2,500 third-place grant for each teacher’s respective school. In addition, book donations will be made to these winners. Ten additional runner-ups will each receive $250 grants and books donations. The 2016 winners are:

 

Kristen Nevins –$10,000 Grant Recipient, Third Grade Teacher
Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School – Roselle, NJ

 

Gillian Schneider – $10,000 Maya Angelou Grant Recipient, English Teacher
Neuqua Valley High School – Naperville, IL

 

Amy Rasmussen – $5,000 Grant Recipient, English Teacher
Lewisville High School – Lewisville, TX

 

Joyce Victor – $2,500 Grant Recipient, Teacher Tutor
Owens Primary School – Bakersfield, CA

 

As part of the first-place awards, conference registration, travel, and lodging expense was included so that Kristen and Gillian could accept their awards at today’s opening session, expected to be attended by more than 1,500 educators from around the country. Kristen and Gillian will talk to the conference attendees about their programs and initiatives that earned them each a 2016 Penguin Random House Teacher Award.

 

About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

 

CONTACTS:

 

Claire von Schilling
212-782-9876

 

Melanie Fallon-Houska
212-782-8319

 

More information regarding this year’s recipients, including the 2017 application and program guidelines including the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, go to:

http://foundation.penguinrandomhouse.com.

Application submission deadline is September 15, 2017

Penguin Random House Foundation Launches Library Awards for Innovation

New York, NY, April 5, 2016

Penguin Random House announces the launch of its inaugural Library Awards for Innovation to honor and reward extraordinary programs created by public libraries across the country.  These awards, in the form of monetary grants, will acknowledge innovative public library programs and services that engage citizens in reading while strengthening the social and cultural fabric of their communities.

 

2015 Teacher Grant Recipients Announced @ NCTE Opening Session

Teacher Awards for Literacy

New York, NY, November 19, 2015
The Penguin Random House Foundation, home to the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards, announced the recipients of its  2015 Teacher Awards for Literacy.  The awards recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students.  The winners will be awarded grants to help further their innovative reading programs and disseminate them to other teachers around the country.

68 New York City High School Students Win $110,000 in Scholarships in the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards

Creative Writing Awards

New York, NY, June 9, 2015

The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards presents $110,000 in scholarships tonight to sixty-eight New York City public high school seniors for original poetry/spoken word, memoir, fiction and graphic novel compositions.  In recognition of the unique vision and voices of these New York City high school students, each submission to the competition is given individual consideration through a multi-level selection process. Entries are judged on their style, form and content. Among this year’s judges are Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Harold Augenbraum; Executive Editor of G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Arianne Lewin; and PW Comics Week Co-Editor Calvin Reid.