Every February the Association of American Publishers, Professional Scholarly Publishing Division hosts its annual conference in Washington DC. A favorite event at the conference is The PROSE Awards. Since 1976, the the awards are given to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories from professional and scholarly publishing organizations.
I enjoy this ceremony immensely.
Outside of the scholarly publishing community, it's not commonly recognized how much effort, time, dedication, and technology is involved producing and publishing scholarly content. This award ceremony recognizes the individuals and the institutions who dedicate their lives to scholarly publishing. And the back stories behind the books, journals, and digital products are fascinating.
It's been a record year for submissions and this year, the top honor---The R.R. Hawkins Award---will also receive a $10,000 cash award for the winning author. John Jenkins, director for the awards, said that the cash endowment was “an affirmation of the growing importance and influence of the awards,” which has notched a sixth straight year of record submissions.