UPDATE: Website is ready — see reddotawards.com
At last! After a lot of reading and online discussion, we have some shortlists.
If anyone knows a book here and feels it is misplaced or misguided, please shout out right now. Last chance to make another suggestion! If I don’t hear any complaints by Tuesday, I will update the reddotawards.com website — for the world to see.
Many thanks to the people on the ISLN committee: Kate Brundage (SAS), Barb Reid (UWC East), Pam Males (UWC Dover), Linda Twitchett (AISS), Meg Johnston (AISS), Anamika Bhati (Eton House), Susanne Clower (UWC East), Angie Erickson (UWC Dover), and Kim Klein (SAIS). And Ben Farr (TTS) for being an unofficial member….
As the process took longer than we’d hoped, the committee would like to propose that VOTING be extended this year (every year?). We usually have it open for one week in early March, after which schools know their own voting results and we publish a country-wide tally. The Readers Cup list is usually announced shortly thereafter, whereby 4-6 of the 8 shortlist titles are chosen for the students to study and compete on.
In 2015 we suggest the Red Dot voting run from 1 March to 1 May — so schools can vote at their convenience — and the Singapore overall winners will be announced on May 3. We also suggest that the Readers Cup committee announce their subsets of the Red Dot shortlists earlier, e.g., Dec. 1st.
We also intend to shift our timing to announce the NEXT shortlist on June 1st every year, from now on. The longlist for next year has already been started, thanks to so many great titles considered for this year.
If anyone has any comments on these changes or would like to be on next year’s committee, please let us know either in the Comments to this blog post or directly to the Executive Committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.