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Sheikha Bodour launches awards for outstanding female editors – News


Three categories of the PublisHer Excellence Awards will enhance the rise of female editors to leadership

Sheikha Bodour at the publishers’ conference prior to the Sharjah International Book Fair. — Photo supplied

Published: Monday, October 30, 2023, 6:04 p.m.

Outstanding female editors who have made a tangible difference in the industry will be honored with the PublisHer Excellence Awards, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi announced on Monday.

Speaking at the Sharjah Publishers Conference ahead of the Sharjah International Book Fair, the founder of PublisHer and Kalimat Group said the awards were integral to PublisHer’s mission to celebrate female publishers and empower their rise to leadership .

She said: “In my experience, women are very good at forming support groups and encouraging each other, despite tropes that say otherwise. Think of the PublisHer Excellence Awards as an extension of that support – we want to celebrate, elevate and encourage women who blaze their own trail and illuminate the path forward through their resilience, ingenuity and vision.”

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Awards will be presented in three categories: Lifetime Achievement Award to a pioneering editorial dean (minimum 20 years of career) who has had a significant and lasting impact on the industry. Emerging Leader Award for a rising publishing star (age 35 or younger) who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, big-picture thinking, and the power to drive positive change.

Innovation Award for any woman responsible for an innovative contribution to the publishing industry, such as storytelling and content curation, editorial leadership, management strategies, company culture and marketing campaigns, etc.


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