Dayton Literary Peace Prize

About

About the Awards

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Both awards carry a $10,000 cash prize.

The Mission of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation (DLPP) was established to advance peace through literature. We support those who write, publish, read and share works of fiction and nonfiction that promote peace and understanding.

Our goals are:

  • To promote peace by encouraging people to read, share, and appreciate literary works about peace,
  • To promote the recognition of literature as a force in achieving peace, and
  • To establish prizes to recognize writers and the role their books play in educating people about peace.

Award criteria:

  • Nominated works should focus on peace: increasing understanding between and among people as individuals or within and between families, communities, nations, ethnic groups, cultures and religions. Works should have enduring literary value and should appeal to a variety of audiences.
  • Nominated works should characterize peace as:
    • ending or seeking to end conflict—personal, national or international,
    • establishing concord between and among people, or
    • showing consequences of persons, nations or institutions recklessly disrupting personal harmony or universal accord.

The History of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

In 1995 Dayton was chosen as the site of what came to be known as the Dayton Peace Accords. The accords were a last-ditch effort to stop the ethnic cleansing that had claimed more than 300,000 lives and displaced 1 million people. It was “the worst killing ground in Europe since World War II,” wrote Mr. Richard Holbrooke in his 1998 book, To End a War.

Ambassador Holbrooke chose Dayton as the summit site, an unimpressive alternative to opulent settings in Geneva, Paris, or Washington. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest in the country, provided stark accommodations for the nine participating delegations, sealed off the press, and displayed America’s air power. This environment augmented Holbrook’s use of the “Big Bang” strategy—now known in diplomacy circles as a “Dayton”—where negotiators are locked in a room until they reach an agreement.

Daytonians welcomed the negotiators and then formed human peace chains around the base, holding candlelight vigils throughout the 21 days of talks. Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph described Dayton’s response, “People reacted. There was a fire in Bosnia and it was brought to our neighborhood. We took our garden hoses and tried to put it out. We just acted like neighbors. That’s what we do in Dayton. If they’re in trouble, we’re in trouble.”

(For a greater understanding of the Dayton peace process, please watch the video below and read these two articles by Kati Marton, Holbrooke’s wife, published in the New York Times on April 18 & 19, 2011:Waging Peace With Justice and The Weapons of Diplomacy, and the Human Factor“.)

What happened between Dayton and Bosnia after the accords were reached is especially noteworthy. In looking for ways to keep the “spirit of Dayton” alive, community members established citizen-to-citizen relationships with Bosnians through cultural and educational exchanges, trade missions, and international conferences between policymakers and government officials. Dayton also arranged a sister-city agreement with Sarajevo and hosted a “Concert for Peace” with the Sarajevo and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestras.

“We are 5,000 miles away and made a difference for people no one every heard of, and in a place almost no one knew was there,” says Commissioner Joseph. “We were chosen, and we took up the cause.” Community leaders created the Dayton Peace Prize in 1999 to recognize individuals who contributed to the peaceful reconstruction of a society torn apart by war. Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1999), William Jefferson Clinton (2000), George Soros (2002) and Richard Holbrooke (2005) were recipients.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is the successor to the Dayton Peace Prize. The DLPP is dedicated to celebrating the power of the written word to forge peace. Daytonians witnessed that words not guns stopped a war. An all-volunteer committee researched the award, discovering that only two other peace prizes existed in the world and no literary peace prize existed in the U.S. DLPP established the only international literary peace prize in the country. The DLPP annually presents awards in Distinguished Achievement, Fiction and Nonfiction, each winner receiving a $10,000 honorarium and the runners-up in Fiction and Nonfiction receiving $5,000.

Publishers and writers immediately responded to the call for nominations. DLPP established a cadre of first readers and final judges, brought together universities in support of the awards, appealed to corporations, businesses, local government and individuals in the Dayton area to launch the first award ceremony. The DLPP board asked award-winning local sculptor Michael Bashaw to create an award. Bashaw created a brass sculpture that evokes paper and quill and is inscribed with the author’s name and book title and the word “peace” in over 200 languages.

The announcement of the first prize was picked up by 244 newspapers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia. The DLPP has continued to enjoy media attention during its fourteen-year history. Some of the coverage is available on the website www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org under Press Room.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize has built an international reputation—already standing among prestigious literary awards. The Lifetime Achievement (renamed in 2011 for Richard C. Holbrooke — the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Distinguished Achievement) winners have included Studs Terkel (who gave his last public speech at the 2006 event), Elie Wiesel, Taylor Branch, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver, Tim O’Brien, Wendall Berry, Louise Erdrich, Gloria Steinem, Marilynne Robinson, Colm TóibínJohn Irving, and N. Scott Momaday.

Fiction and Nonfiction winners include both established and emerging writers: Francine Prose, Stephen Walker, Brad Kessler, Mark Kurlansky,  Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Bausch, Benjamin Skinner, Marlon James, Dave Eggers, Emir Suljagic, Chang-rae Lee, Wilbert Rideau, Nigel Young, Andrew Krivak, Adam HochschildAdam Johnson, Andrew Solomon, Bob Shacochis, Karima Bennoune, Josh Weil, Bryan StevesonViet Thanh Nguyen, Susan Southard, Patricia Engel, David WoodHala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, and Eli Saslow.

Over the last fourteen years, DLPP has recognized writers born in and writing from the perspective of Algeria, Australia, Bosnia, China,The Dominican Republic, England (5), Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Iran, Jamaica, Korea, Kenya, Nigeria (2), Peru, Republic of Ireland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea (2), Vietnam, and the United States (32). We have received nominations from 230 publishing houses, both large and small, including houses in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Qatar, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

The DLPP University Consortium and Library Consortium have significant outreach programs. Each year, the University Consortium, made up of colleges and universities in Ohio and beyond (we have university connections in Michigan, Virginia, New York, Utah, Pennsylvania, California and the U.K. and are working to extend the university connections through universities with peace institutes throughout the U.S. and beyond) presents DLPP programming for their students and the public.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation remains primarily a volunteer organization, is non-profit and depends upon donations from individuals, corporations, universities, local government and grants to sustain its efforts.

History of the Holbrooke Award

The Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award was formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award. Upon the untimely and tragic death of Richard Holbrooke, the board of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP) Foundation determined that renaming the DLPP Lifetime Award for Ambassador Holbrooke was a fitting tribute to the man who made Dayton synonymous with peace around the globe (see “History of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize“).

When Ambassador Holbrooke received the Dayton Peace Prize, the forerunner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, he advised us to pay annual tribute to the peace process and not let the world forget that peace can be forged with words. The award has been renamed the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award and will adhere to the same criteria as the DLPP Lifetime Award. The award has previously honored Studs Terkel (2006), Elie Wiesel (2007), Taylor Branch (2008), Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDun (2009), and Geraldine Brooks (2010). After Ambassador Holbrooke’s death, Barbara Kingsolver became the first winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011, followed by Tim O’Brien(2012), Wendell Berry (2013), Louise Erdrich (2014, Gloria Steinem (2015), Marilynne Robinson (2016), Colm Tóibín (2017), John Irving (2018), and N. Scott Momaday (2019).

The prize includes a Michael Bashaw sculpture and the monetary award of $10,000.

We invite you to follow these links to learn more about Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke’s wife, Kati Marton, wrote two articles for the New York Times in a series called “Remembering Richard Holbrooke, Parts 1 and 2.”

  1. Waging Peace with Justice (April 18, 2011)
  2. The Weapons of Diplomacy, and the Human Factor (April 20, 2011)

Here is a review of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World by Derek Chollet & Samantha Power. The review was written by Michael Getler for the Washington Post and published on November 11, 2011.

Video Discussions

  1. On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, Charlie Rose moderated a panel discussion about Richard Holbrooke with George Packer, Gordon Goldstein, David Rohde and Holbrooke’s widow Kati Marton. Click on this link to see a video of that discussion.
  2. On Sunday, February 5, 2012, CSPAN-2 broadcast a program in which Kati Marton and Strobe Talbott talked about the life and career of Richard Holbrooke. Strobe Talbott is a former reporter and editor for Time magazine, served as Deputy Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. At the time of this program he was president of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Talbott’s books include The Great Experiment, Engaging India, and The Russia Hand. The program was hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC.

Winner List

Lifetime Achievement Award & The Ambassador
Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

2019 N. Scott Momaday
2018 John Irving
2017 Colm Tóibín
2016 Marilynne Robinson
2015 Gloria Steinem
2014 Louise Erdrich
2013 Wendell Berry
2012 Tim O’Brien
2011 Barbara Kingsolver
2010 Geraldine Brooks
2009 Nicholas Kristof,
Sheryl WuDunn
2008 Taylor Branch
2007 Elie Wiesel
2006 Studs Terkel
2019 N. Scott Momaday
2018 John Irving
2017 Colm Tóibín
2016 Marilynne Robinson
2015 Gloria Steinem
2014 Louise Erdrich
2013 Wendell Berry
2012 Tim O’Brien
2011 Barbara Kingsolver
2010 Geraldine Brooks
2009 Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
2008 Taylor Branch
2007 Elie Wiesel
2006 Studs Terkel

Fiction Award

2019 Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, What We Owe
2018 Hala Alyan, Salt Houses
2017 Patricia Engel, The Veins of the Ocean
2016 Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer
2015 Josh Weil, The Great Glass Sea
2014 Bob Shacochis, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
2013 Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son
2012 Andrew Krivák, The Sojourn
2011 Chang-Rae Lee, The Surrendered
2010 Marlon James, The Book of Night Women
2009 Richard Bausch, Peace
2008 Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2007 Brad Kessler, Birds in Fall
2006 Francine Prose, A Changed Man

Nonfiction Award

2019 Eli Saslow, Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
2018 Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
2017 David Wood, What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars
2016 Susan Southard, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War
2015 Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
2014 Karima Bennoune, Your Fatwah Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism
2013 Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
2012 Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
2011 Wilbert Rideau, In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance
2010 Dave Eggers, Zeitoun
2009 E. Benjamin Skinner, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery
2008 Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying
2007 Mark Kurlansky, Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
2006 Stephen Walker, Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima

Fiction Runner-up

2019 Richard Powers, The Overstory
2018 Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
2017 Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
2016 James Hannaham, Delicious Foods
2015 Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
2014 Margaret Wrinkle, Wash
2013 Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
2012 Ha Jin, Nanjing Requiem
2011 Maaza Mengiste, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze
2010 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck
2009 Uwem Akpan, Say You’re One of Them
2008 Daniel Alarcón, Lost City Radio
2007 Lisa Fugard, Skinner’s Drift
2006 Kevin Haworth, The Discontinuity of Small Things

Nonfiction Runner-up

2019 Wil Haygood, Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing
2018 Michelle Kuo, Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
2017 Ben Rawlence, City of Thorns, Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
2016 Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum
2015 Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:  A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
2014 Jo Roberts, Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe
2013 Gilbert King, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
2012 Annia Ciezadlo, Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
2011 Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
2010 Justine Hardy, In the Valley of Mist: One Family in a Changing World
2009 Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—And How It Can Renew America
2008 Cullen Murphy, Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America
2007 David Relin and Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time
2006 Adam Hochschild, Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves

Special Awards

2011 Scholarship Award: Nigel Young, Ed.,
The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace
2010 The Ambassador Robert Frowick Award: Emir Suljagi,
Postcards from the Grave

Maps: Author Origins Books Settings

Authors' Countries of Origin

DLPP award-winning authors represent 21 countries, including Algeria, Australia, Bosnia, China, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Peru, Republic of Ireland, Romania, South Africa, and Vietnam with one winner each; Nigeria and South Korea with two; England with five; and the United States with 32.

Countries Covered by Books

DLPP award-winning books have been set in modern and historical times, in 56 different countries past and present, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Belgian Congo, Bosnia, Cambodia, Canada, Chechnya, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kashmir, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mali, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, the Republic of Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam.

Sponsor Recognition

Please Join us in Thanking Our Sponsors in Peace

The Bodhi Foundation
Barbara Cleary
Steve and Molly Cobb

Larry and Sharon Rab
Russell Total Wealth Management
Sherry Tschudin

Peter and Anne Camm
Rhonda Chambal, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Mark Harman
Steven and Priya Jain
Mohammad Kabir and Urmen Siraj

Jeffrey and Susan Mikutis
Morris Home Furnishings
Bob Pohl and Susan Strong
William and Helen Prichard
Paul and Ruth Rab
Ann McDonough

Gayle Rominger and Tom Henighan
Sinclair College
Jerry Sutton and Sandra McHugh
Thompson Hine, L.L.P.
University of Dayton
Wright State University Foundation

City of Dayton
Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A.
Charles and Joan Knoll
John and Jan Spaccarelli
books&co
Susan DeLuca
Edison State College
Ken and Terri Hemmelgarn
Gilbert King
Tom and Janet Lasley
Larry and Anne Lawhorne
Todd and Gabriele Leventhal
Sharon Kelly Roth
Merle Wilberding and
Susan Elliott

Darrell Bickley and
Darren McGarvey
William and Giselle Bretz
Christopher Chaffee and
Inger Neighbours
Sean and Leslee Creighton
John and Betty Darst
Dayton Heidelberg
Distributing Co.
Michael and Holly DiFlora

John and Sara Duby
Vernon and
Janet Fernandes
Gary and
Sharon Gottschlich
Douglass and
Andrea Grimes
Penny Haddick
John and Carey Haley
Linda Harrison

Stanley and Ann Herr
Matt and Irena Joseph
David and Lauri Leach
Henry and Susan Limouze
Dennis and Carol Loranger
Montgomery County
Barbara O'Hara
Tim Peters and
Kristy Zechiel
Larry and Debbie Price

George and Wendy Rab
Fred and Dea Raizk
Roger and Macy Reynolds
Matt and Erin Siske
George and Nancy Stolz
Cheryl Vargas
Frank and Debbie Williams
Dave and Terry Williamson
Kevin and Linda Woods

In-Kind Donations

City of Dayton
Dayton Metro Library
Kettering Fairmon
High School
HarperCollins
Heidelberg Distributors
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Patrick Kowalczyk of PKPR

Tom Lasley
John and Stacey MacDonald
Ray Marcano, Canis Digital
Marriot at the University
of Dayton
The Miami Valley School
MarkMorgan, Mainsail Productions
Verne Morland, Digital Stationery
International, LLC

Penguin Random House
Bill and Helen Prichard
Progressive Printers Inc.
Larry and Sharon Rab
Sinclair College
Errin Siske, Spark Space Creative
Andy Snow
SOCHE

Tip City Public Library
Tippecanoe High School
Octagon Club
Fred and
Dorothy Tuzzi
University of Dayton
Wright State University
W.W. Norton and Company
WYSO

Publishers

Publishing Houses That Have Nominated Books
for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

  • Abrams Books
  • Academic Studies Press
  • Akashic Books
  • Alfred A. Knopf
  • Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Amy Einhorn Books
  • Anchor
  • Arcade Publishing
  • Arlington Avenue Books
  • Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Ashland Creek Press*
  • Ashoka Books
  • Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Atria Books
  • Atwood Publishing
  • Autumn House Press
  • Avery
  • Ayebia Clarke Publishing, UK
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Balue Fox Publishing
  • Baylor University Press
  • Basic/Nation Books
  • Beacon Press
  • Bedazzled Ink Publishing Co.
  • Bellevue Literary Press
  • Benu Press
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Between the Lines Press*
  • Bilingual Review Press
  • Black Balloon Publishing
  • Black Cat
  • Blackstone Publishers
  • Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
  • Blank Slate Press
  • Bloomsbury Press
  • Blue Rider Press
  • Cambridge University Press, England
  • Central European University Press, Hungary
  • Chelsea Station Editions
  • Chicago Review Press
  • Church Publishing
  • Cincinnati Book Publishing
  • Cissus World Press
  • City Lights Publishers
  • Coffee House Press
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University Press
  • Continuum International Publishing
  • Counterpoint Press
  • Crown Publishing
  • Curbside Splendor Publishing
  • Custom House Press*
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Dey Street Books
  • Doubleday
  • Dr. Cicero Books
  • Dundurn Press, Toronto
  • Dutton
  • Dzanc Books, Inc
  • Easton Studio Press
  • Ecco Press
  • Edinburgh University Press, Scotland
  • William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Elixir Press
  • Engine Books
  • Ensign Publishing House
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Fig Tree Books
  • Fordham University Press*
  • Forest Avenue Press
  • Foxhead Books
  • Free Press
  • G.P. Putnam
  • Gaon Books
  • General Store Publishing House, Canada
  • Global Visions Press
  • Goose Lane Editions, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Gotham Books
  • Grand Central Publishing
  • Granta Publications
  • Graywolf Press
  • Greenleaf Books
  • Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Hamid Bin Khalifa University Press, Qatar
  • Hamish Hamilton, London
  • Hand to Hand Publishing
  • Harcourt
  • Hardie Grant Books, Victoria, Australia*
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperOne
  • Harvard Square Editions
  • Harvard University Press
  • Haymarket Books
  • HB Publishing
  • Henry Holt and Company
  • Hill and Wang
  • Hogarth Press
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Hyperion
  • Ig Publishing
  • Ignatius Press
  • In the Garden Publishing
  • Inspivia, Inc.
  • Interlink Publishing Group
  • International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia*
  • Jacana Media, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • John Hunt Publishing, Ltd, UK
  • Johnathan Cape Publishing, London
  • Kaplan Publishing
  • Karakoram Press
  • Kerber Verlag, Berlin
  • Knopf Canada
  • Knut House Press
  • KOA Books
  • LTS Press
  • LandMarc Company
  • Langham Creative Projects, U.K.
  • Leaf-Land Press
  • Libros Libertad, Canada
  • Little, Brown and Company
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Margaret Ferguson Books
  • Marshall Cavendish International Asia PtE LTD, Singapore
  • McFarland Publishing
  • McPherson and Company
  • McSweeney’s
  • Medallion Press
  • Melville House Publishing
  • Metropolitan Books
  • Miami University Press
  • Michigan State University Press
  • Milkweed Editions, Inc.
  • Miramax Books
  • Mirare Press
  • Morgan James Publishing
  • Nation Books
  • Nellie Bly Books
  • New Directions Publishing
  • New Issues Poetry and Prose, Western Michigan University
  • New Society Publishers*
  • New Village Press
  • Newmarket Press
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University Press
  • Oregon State University Press
  • Oneworld Publications, London
  • Open Books, Corfu, Greece
  • Other Press
  • Owl Canyon Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Pantheon & Schocken
  • Parallax Press
  • Pearson
  • Penguin Books, India
  • Penguin Canada
  • Penguin Group (USA)
  • Penguin Press
  • Penguin/Random House, New Zealand
  • Penguin/Random House, South Africa
  • Perseus Books
  • Philomel
  • Phoenix Rising Press of Santa Rosa
  • Picador
  • Polity Press
  • Portobello Books, London
  • Plain View Press
  • PM Press
  • Princeton University Press*
  • Profile Books, London
  • Prometheus Books
  • PublicAffairs
  • Putnam
  • Princeton University Press
  • Quality Books in Print
  • Quercus Publishing, London
  • Random House, Inc.
  • Rare Bird Books
  • Ravaya Publications, Sri Lanka
  • Reagan Arthur Books
  • Red Hen Press
  • Riverhead Books
  • St. Martin’s Press
  • Sarabande Press
  • Sarah Crichton Books
  • Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University
  • Scribner
  • Shanti Arts Publishing
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Skyhorse Publishing
  • Soft Skull Press
  • Soho Press
  • Solstice Publishing
  • Sourcebooks
  • South End Press
  • Spiegel and Grau
  • Syracuse University Press
  • Jeremy P. Tarcher
  • The Dial Press
  • The Feminist Press
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press
  • The New Press
  • The New York Review of Books
  • The Overlook Press
  • The Permanent Press
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • ThingsAsian Press
  • Think Piece Publishing
  • Thomas Dunne Books
  • Times Books
  • Tin House Books
  • Tor/Forge Books
  • Transit Books
  • Trinity University Press
  • Tyrant Books
  • Tyrus Books
  • Unbridled Books
  • University of Alabama Press
  • University of Alaska Press
  • University of Alberta Press
  • University of Arizona Press
  • University of California Medical Humanities Press*
  • University of Chicago Press
  • University of Georgia Press
  • University of Kansas Press*
  • University of Michigan Press
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • University of South Carolina Press
  • University of Tennessee Press
  • University Press of Kentucky
  • Vanderbilt University Press*
  • Verso Books
  • The Viking Press
  • Vintage Books
  • Virginia Avenue Press/The Nevada Review
  • W. W. Norton & Company
  • Wildflower Press Inc.
  • Wiley
  • William Morrow
  • Wolsak and Wynn, Canada
  • Abrams Books
  • Academic Studies Press
  • Akashic Books
  • Alfred A. Knopf
  • Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Amy Einhorn Books
  • Anchor
  • Arcade Publishing
  • Arlington Avenue Books
  • Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Ashland Creek Press*
  • Ashoka Books
  • Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Atria Books
  • Atwood Publishing
  • Autumn House Press
  • Avery
  • Ayebia Clarke Publishing, UK
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Balue Fox Publishing
  • Baylor University Press
  • Basic/Nation Books
  • Beacon Press
  • Bedazzled Ink Publishing Co.
  • Bellevue Literary Press
  • Benu Press
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Between the Lines Press*
  • Bilingual Review Press
  • Black Balloon Publishing
  • Black Cat
  • Blackstone Publishers
  • Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
  • Blank Slate Press
  • Bloomsbury Press
  • Blue Rider Press
  • Cambridge University Press, England
  • Central European University Press, Hungary
  • Chelsea Station Editions
  • Chicago Review Press
  • Church Publishing
  • Cincinnati Book Publishing
  • Cissus World Press
  • City Lights Publishers
  • Coffee House Press
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University Press
  • Continuum International Publishing
  • Counterpoint Press
  • Crown Publishing
  • Curbside Splendor Publishing
  • Custom House Press*
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Dey Street Books
  • Doubleday
  • Dr. Cicero Books
  • Dundurn Press, Toronto
  • Dutton
  • Dzanc Books, Inc
  • Easton Studio Press
  • Ecco Press
  • Edinburgh University Press, Scotland
  • William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Elixir Press
  • Engine Books
  • Ensign Publishing House
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Fig Tree Books
  • Fordham University Press*
  • Forest Avenue Press
  • Foxhead Books
  • Free Press
  • G.P. Putnam
  • Gaon Books
  • General Store Publishing House, Canada
  • Global Visions Press
  • Goose Lane Editions, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Gotham Books
  • Grand Central Publishing
  • Granta Publications
  • Graywolf Press
  • Greenleaf Books
  • Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Hamid Bin Khalifa University Press, Qatar
  • Hamish Hamilton, London
  • Hand to Hand Publishing
  • Harcourt
  • Hardie Grant Books, Victoria, Australia*
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperOne
  • Harvard Square Editions
  • Harvard University Press
  • Haymarket Books
  • HB Publishing
  • Henry Holt and Company
  • Hill and Wang
  • Hogarth Press
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Hyperion
  • Ig Publishing
  • Ignatius Press
  • In the Garden Publishing
  • Inspivia, Inc.
  • Interlink Publishing Group
  • International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia*
  • Jacana Media, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • John Hunt Publishing, Ltd, UK
  • Johnathan Cape Publishing, London
  • Kaplan Publishing
  • Karakoram Press
  • Kerber Verlag, Berlin
  • Knopf Canada
  • Knut House Press
  • KOA Books
  • LTS Press
  • LandMarc Company
  • Langham Creative Projects, U.K.
  • Leaf-Land Press
  • Libros Libertad, Canada
  • Little, Brown and Company
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Margaret Ferguson Books
  • Marshall Cavendish International Asia PtE LTD, Singapore
  • McFarland Publishing
  • McPherson and Company
  • McSweeney’s
  • Medallion Press
  • Melville House Publishing
  • Metropolitan Books
  • Miami University Press
  • Michigan State University Press
  • Milkweed Editions, Inc.
  • Miramax Books
  • Mirare Press
  • Morgan James Publishing
  • Nation Books
  • Nellie Bly Books
  • New Directions Publishing
  • New Issues Poetry and Prose, Western Michigan University
  • New Society Publishers*
  • New Village Press
  • Newmarket Press
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University Press
  • Oregon State University Press
  • Oneworld Publications, London
  • Open Books, Corfu, Greece
  • Other Press
  • Owl Canyon Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Pantheon & Schocken
  • Parallax Press
  • Pearson
  • Penguin Books, India
  • Penguin Canada
  • Penguin Group (USA)
  • Penguin Press
  • Penguin/Random House, New Zealand
  • Penguin/Random House, South Africa
  • Perseus Books
  • Philomel
  • Phoenix Rising Press of Santa Rosa
  • Picador
  • Polity Press
  • Portobello Books, London
  • Plain View Press
  • PM Press
  • Princeton University Press*
  • Profile Books, London
  • Prometheus Books
  • PublicAffairs
  • Putnam
  • Princeton University Press
  • Quality Books in Print
  • Quercus Publishing, London
  • Random House, Inc.
  • Rare Bird Books
  • Ravaya Publications, Sri Lanka
  • Reagan Arthur Books
  • Red Hen Press
  • Riverhead Books
  • St. Martin’s Press
  • Sarabande Press
  • Sarah Crichton Books
  • Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University
  • Scribner
  • Shanti Arts Publishing
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Skyhorse Publishing
  • Soft Skull Press
  • Soho Press
  • Solstice Publishing
  • Sourcebooks
  • South End Press
  • Spiegel and Grau
  • Syracuse University Press
  • Jeremy P. Tarcher
  • The Dial Press
  • The Feminist Press
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press
  • The New Press
  • The New York Review of Books
  • The Overlook Press
  • The Permanent Press
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • ThingsAsian Press
  • Think Piece Publishing
  • Thomas Dunne Books
  • Times Books
  • Tin House Books
  • Tor/Forge Books
  • Transit Books
  • Trinity University Press
  • Tyrant Books
  • Tyrus Books
  • Unbridled Books
  • University of Alabama Press
  • University of Alaska Press
  • University of Alberta Press
  • University of Arizona Press
  • University of California Medical Humanities Press*
  • University of Chicago Press
  • University of Georgia Press
  • University of Kansas Press*
  • University of Michigan Press
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • University of South Carolina Press
  • University of Tennessee Press
  • University Press of Kentucky
  • Vanderbilt University Press*
  • Verso Books
  • The Viking Press
  • Vintage Books
  • Virginia Avenue Press/The Nevada Review
  • W. W. Norton & Company
  • Wildflower Press Inc.
  • Wiley
  • William Morrow
  • Wolsak and Wynn, Canada

* Publishing Houses submitting entries for the first time in 2020.

Team Members

Board of Trustees

Sharon Rab, Founder and President
Sean Creighton, President, The New American Colleges and Universities
Doris Ponitz, Honorary Chair
Susan DeLuca, Vice President of the New York Times

Tom Lasley, CEO, Learn to Earn Dayton, The Dayton Foundation
Nick Raines, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Russell Total Wealth Management; Development Chair
Sherry Tschudin, Community Volunteer; Retired Educator
Merle Wilberding, Attorney, Coolidge Wall Co., LPA

Darrell Bickley, Finance Manager

Emily Kretzer, Program Manager

Sharon Rab, Founder and President
Tom Lasley, CEO, Learn to Earn Dayton, The Dayton Foundation
Sean Creighton, President, The New American Colleges and Universities
Nick Raines, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Russell Total Wealth Management; Development Chair
Doris Ponitz, Honorary Chair
Sherry Tschudin, Community Volunteer; Retired Educator
Susan DeLuca, Executive Chair: Development, Finance, Marketing
Merle Wilberding, Attorney, Coolidge Wall Co., LPA

Darrell Bickley, Finance Manager

Emily Kretzer, Program Manager

Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Award Chairs

Kati Marton, Honorary Chair

Robert Taft, Former Governor of Ohio, Chair

Kati Marton, Honorary Chair
Robert Taft, Former Governor of Ohio, Chair

Honorary Advisory Board

Christopher Cerf, Author, Musician, Former Judge
Gilbert King, Author; 2013 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize Nonfiction Runner-up
Kati Marton, Author; Honorary Chair, Richard C. Holbrooke Award for
Distinguished Achievement Committee
Tim O’Brien, Author; 2012 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke
Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient
Bob Shacochis, Author; 2014 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize Fiction Winner
Katherine Vaz, Author; Dayton Literary Peace Prize
Finalist Judge, 2008, 2009, 2010

Christopher Cerf, Author, Musician, Former Judge
Gilbert King, Author; 2013 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize Nonfiction Runner-up
Kati Marton, Author; Honorary Chair, Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Distinguished Achievement Committee
Tim O’Brien, Author; 2012 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient
Bob Shacochis, Author; 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Fiction Winner
Katherine Vaz, Author; Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalist Judge, 2008, 2009, 2010

Advisory Council

Paul Benson, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Dayton
Robert Fogarty, Editor, The Antioch Review; John Dewey Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, Antioch College
Mark Harman, Community Volunteer; DLPP Transportation Chair
Linda Harrison, Librarian and Spanish Teacher, Retired; DLPP Archivist
Matt Joseph, Dayton City Commissioner
Joan Knoll, Community Volunteer
Geeta Kothari, Writer; Nonfiction Editor, Kenyon Review, Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh
Carol Loranger, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Service, Wright State University, DLPP Education Outreach Chair

Stacey MacDonald, Community Volunteer, DLPP Author Series Chair
Ann McDonough, Principal, W Marketing Communications Consulting; DLPP Marketing Chair
Vick Mickunas, Book Reviewer, Dayton Daily News and WYSO
Debra Oswald, Library Director, Sinclair College; University Consortium Chair
Helen Prichard, Librarian, Retired; DLPP Library Consortium Chair
Fran Robinson, Special Projects, Media Relations CareSource Management Group; Communications Specialist; Video Production Producer; DLPP Communications Chair
Sharon Kelly Roth, Manager, Public Relations, Books&Co; DLPP Conversation with the Authors Chair

Ron Rollins, Retired Editor of Ideas & Voices, Dayton Daily News; Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club Host & Moderator
Dr. Urmee Siraj, Gastroenterologist, Digestive Specialists
Andrew Slade, Chair, Department of English, University of Dayton
Susan Strong, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs, The Miami Valley School
Melanie Wagner, Marketing Coordinator, Oncology Service Line, Premier Health
Winona Winkler Wendth, Writer and Editor, Adjunct Professor of the Humanities, Quinsigamond Community College;
Founding Member, Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative