The Soul Conveys Itself in Shadow is the 2024 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Winner!

Stenen Press is proud to announce that The Soul Conveys Itself in Shadow / El alma se mueve en la sombra has been recognized as the Silver Winner in the Poetry category of the 36th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award.

Special congratulations to our editors and contributors for their outstanding work! We are immensely grateful and proud of this accomplishment.

Gold and Silver winners, the finest in independent publishing in 2023, were announced on April 26, at the awards ceremony in Denver, CO.

This year’s competition was one of the fiercest in the award’s history. Our book, along with 171 other titles, was selected from a pool of 1824 entries (spanning 57 categories).

Here is what the IBPA CEO, Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, said about the award:

“IBPA has a long history of promoting excellence in independent publishing. No program better showcases the quality of books that indie publishers produce than the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award.”

See the Gold and Silver winners in the Poetry category here.

The complete list of winners of the 36th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award can be found here.

About IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award:

“The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which include 57 categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. The awards are unique in that the verbatim judging forms are returned to all participating publishers, providing entrants with direct feedback on each submission.

The awards are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), with help from over 170 volunteer book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors.

When the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program launched in 1985, it had two goals: (1) to celebrate excellence in independent publishing and (2) to foster that excellence by sharing a written critique from each judge with the submitting publisher.”

The Soul Conveys Itself in Shadow / El alma se mueve en la sombra Book image with PubWest Book Design Awards winner seal

Translation as friendship. Translation in a fractured world. The Soul Conveys Itself in Shadow / El alma se mueve en la sombra offers dazzling imagery, original poetry, mutual translations, and collaborative essays. Swimming across borders, histories, and echoes, this groundbreaking anthology features creative partnerships that celebrate translation as equitable, intimate, and necessary.