Open Publishing Awards: Over 200 nominations! & what’s next

Sep 23, 2019

When we decided to launch the Open Publishing Awards, we gave ourselves an ambitious timeline to make it all happen. We decided on almost exactly 1 month from deciding to do it to opening nominations. For the next 4 weeks, we were conceptualizing the process, inviting judges, designing the site, organizing the reception, and iterating on the categories and processes, right up until the last minutes before going live.

Now, just one fast month since we launched, nominations are closed and we have over 200 nominations! We didn’t know how many to expect, but not many of our estimates got past ‘a few dozen’. 200 wildly exceeds our expectations and it is all because of you! Sincere thanks to everyone who submitted nominations. You have done your part to increase awareness of and celebrate all that is open in publishing!

From here our judges will be very busy across the next month to assess and review, curate and ultimately decide what to celebrate.

FORCE 2019 begins on October 15 with a pre-meeting workshop day. At the end of that day, Coko is hosting a reception at the Grosvenor Edinburgh Hotel lounge at 5:30 p.m. to announce and celebrate the awardees over lite bites and cocktails. The reception is OPEN (and free!) to everyone and drinks etc are provided. No invite necessary.