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 https://www.gofundme.com/PubWestNextGeneration. 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.”