August 31, 2012 (Deadline) – Submission Deadline for the 2012 S.I. Hayakawa Book Prize

Competition for the Hayakawa Book Prize is open to any book published in the past five years on topics and themes of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics, including time-binding, abstraction, language, symbols, meaning, communication, media, perception, consciousness, epistemology, scientific method, etc.

To nominate a book, send a letter of nomination and two copies of the book by August 31, 2012 to:

The Institute of General Semantics
72-11 Austin Street #233
Forest Hills, NY 11375

For more information, contact Martin H. Levinson, President of the Institute of General Semantics, via email at president (at)

Click here for more information on the Hayakawa Book Prize.

2012-09-07T16:00:50+00:00 January 25th, 2012|Calls for Papers, Presentations & Books, News, Past Calls, Press|3 Comments


  1. Sandra S. Pate March 9, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Hi, Marty,

    Hope you are doing well.

    I am writing to you because I am slightly confused by the word “nomination” in the above communication. The word is sometime used to propose someone else for an appointment or office, etc.

    So, used in the context for inviting nominations for the Hayakawa Book Prize can one nominate their own book or must it be noticed and nominated by others?


  2. Bob Hougland March 14, 2012 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Dear Sandra:

    I have the same question. Reading the invitation I assume that the key requirement is that the book be already published within the five years preceding the deadline. Who nominates the book is not an issue, it appears. This presumes, of course, that the book meets the subject criteria.

    I share your sensitivity regarding this question, because, after all, it does seem egocentric if not a sign of weakness for the author to nominate oneself. The key point, however, is that a good book is not to be denied candidacy.

    Best regards, \

    P.. I’m not the final word on this matter. You ought to submit your enquiry to, President Levinson’s email, as shown above.

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