Four UWI Press books recognised by international publishing awards

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. W.I. Thursday, July 01, 2021. — The University of the West Indies Press (UWI Press) is pleased to announce that four of its published books have recently earned recognition by international publishing awards.

On June 9, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards) announced its annual winners, including two UWI Press books which were bronze as medallists.

Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean edited by Moji Anderson and Erin C. MacLeod was selected as the bronze medallist in the LGBTQ+ NON-FICTION category, and Revivalism: Representing an Afro-Jamaican Identity by Maria A. Robinson-Smith also received bronze in the RELIGION (EASTERN/WESTERN) category.

The IPPY Awards are the longest-running unaffiliated publishing awards contest, open exclusively to independent presses. The 2021 Awards drew over 4,500 entries, and medals have been awarded  to authors and publishers from 46 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces (35 medalists), with winners also coming from U.K. and Australia (9 medalists each), plus New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Jamaica and Malawi. . A complete list of winners of the IPPY Awards can be found here.

On June 29, the American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists for its 2021 International Book Awards, which saw three UWI Press books on the prestigious list. Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean edited by Moji Anderson and Erin C. MacLeod, was named as a finalist in the LGBTQ Non-Fiction category; Plantation Coffee in Jamaica, 1790-1848 by Kathleen E.A. Monteith, was named as a finalist in the History: General category and Stuart Hall by Annie Paul was named as a Finalist in the Biography: General category. The complete list of winners and finalists of  the American Book Fest 2021 International Book Awards can be accessed here.

Over the past two and a half decades, UWI Press books and authors have received over 100 local, national and international awards and recognitions. These awards have been given for scholarly, editorial, design, production, and marketing excellence.

The UWI Press and wider university community congratulate the authors on their sterling contributions to global literary excellence.


About the Awards

Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards)

Each year since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards have identified a reading list of progressive, thought-provoking books, the kind that can touch lives, advance careers, and stretch our imaginations. With the tag line, “Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing,” the IPPY Awards showcase the best books from throughout North America and the English-speaking world.

American Book Fest 2021 International Book Awards

In 2009, The International Book Awards (IBA) were created. Currently in their 13th year, the IBA’s are announced online every June.

About The UWI Press

The mission of The UWI Press is to be the premier scholarly book publisher in the Caribbean, to enhance and encourage research and publication of Caribbean scholarship, to promote the global reputation of the University of the West Indies by empowering the scholarly community it serves, and to disseminate Caribbean scholarship to the world within a cost-effective environment. For more, visit

About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands inAntigua and Barbuda and itsOpen Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)