Month: January 2018

2018 Jack W. Swanson Scholarship Recipients

PubWest announced today that it has picked two winners for its 2018 Jack W. Swanson Scholarship. Since 2013, PubWest has sponsored the scholarship, which is designed to bring book publishing interns or first- and second-year publishing-house employees, free of charge, to the PubWest annual conference to network and learn from other publishing professionals and well-known keynote speakers. PubWest 2018 will be held at the Westin Pasadena in California, February 15–17.

This year’s winner are Alyssa McDougle and Katelin Ross.

Alyssa McDougle completed her undergraduate degree in literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. At UCSC, she served as an editor for Matchbox Magazine and Red Wheelbarrow Anthology, two student publications. Her writing also appeared in Eyecandy Magazine. As a lifelong reader and writer, Alyssa is passionate about making contributions to the world of publishing, which she joined after graduation in 2016 as a client relation coordinator at Publishers Group West. At PGW, Alyssa has become familiar with the intricacies of online publication through assisting numerous clients. In her free time, she volunteers with the Prison Literature Project. She lives and writes in San Francisco.

Katelin Ross completed her undergraduate degree in English literature at Emporia State University, Kansas. At ESU, she served on the publishing staff of the Flint Hills Review magazine, a student driven, annual publication with a regional focus and national circulation. After graduating, she attended the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, class of 2013. She then went on to enjoy four years working for the Tattered Cover Book Store as a retail manager and event coordinator. Currently she holds an associate publicist position at Shambhala Publications, in Boulder, Colorado, where she strives to become the greatest advocate for her authors.


The PubWest Board of Directors is proud to be able to offer two scholarships this year, made possible by the funding provided from a GoFundMe “Next Generation Campaign” for the Jack W. Swanson Scholarship. The campaign site is live and can be accessed at Once the campaign reaches its $5,000 objective, Ingram Content Group will match the donation. We are just shy of this goal and hope that anyone in publishing will help. Donations of any size are appreciated.



“PubWest firmly believes in the future of publishing, and as a long-standing trade association, one of our central roles is to promote publishing as a lifelong profession,” said Kent Watson, executive director of PubWest. “The career trajectory of past scholarship recipients has been incredible, and this year we decided to extend our fundraising outreach to all industry professionals who want to support the next publishing generation.”

Book Your Room at the Hilton Pasadena Today!

We’ve filled up the Westin Pasadena! If you’re still looking for a room we have a block of discounted rooms available at the Hilton Pasadena. The Hilton Pasadena offers accessibility to the city’s best attractions. Stroll to Old Pasadena, only minutes from the hotel with a wide range of shopping, sight-seeing, dining and entertainment options. Swim lengths in the sparkling pool and recharge in our fitness center. Enjoy our on-site dining, perfect for private receptions with an impeccable dining experience.
Please support the association by staying at the conference’s overflow hotel and you’ll also get a discount on your conference fees. A block of rooms at a deeply discounted price has been reserved for PubWest 2018 attendees. There are a limited number of rooms in the PubWest block available only until February 3rd, so make your reservations soon!
The rate for single or double occupancy traditional rooms for PubWest 2018 attendees is $189 per night, plus tax. These special conference guest room rates will also apply two days before and two days after the official conference dates, based on availability, so you can combine business trips, take a little time for rest and relaxation, or get out and do some exploring in Pasadena at your leisure.
Click here to reserve online or call (626) 577-1000. Please be sure to specify that you are with PubWest to receive our rate.

Welcome New Publisher Member

Established in 1920, the University of Washington Press supports the university’s research, education, and outreach missions by publishing important new work for an international community of scholars, students, and intellectually curious readers. As one of the largest book publishers in the Pacific Northwest, the press also offers a broad range of regional books for general readers, often developed in partnership with museums, cultural organizations, and local indigenous communities.

PubWest Book Design Awards Call For Entries


A Competition Reflecting the Best of Book Design and Production 

PubWest Book Design Awards were developed to recognize superior design and outstanding production quality of books throughout North America. As we celebrate our 41st annual awards, PubWest invites you to submit your 2017 titles.


Winning an industry book award can be used as an effective marketing tool to boost sales and invigorate publicity. Your books don’t have the opportunity to be recognized… unless you enter!

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Contest Rules

Entry and Payment Forms

Past Design Award Winners