First given in 2009, the Institute of General Semantics awards the S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics. The prize includes a cash award of $1,000.
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (1906–1992) — popularly known as “S. I.” and familiarly known as “Don” — was the author of the best-selling general semantics text Language in Thought and Action, the founder of the International Society of General Semantics, and the first editor of ETC: A Review of General Semantics.
Dr. Hayakawa was also a college president, a United States senator from California, and an expert on traditional jazz.
Competition for the annual 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:
To nominate a book, send a letter of nomination and three copies of the book by August 31st of the nomination year to:
Martin H. Levinson
For more information on the Hayakawa Book Prize, contact IGS.
2012 - Uncapping Family Wisdom: Recognizing, Treating, and Reconciling Transgenerational Dysfunction
by Sandra Pate (Phillip Monroe Publishing, 2011)
2010 - Graymanship
by Bob Eddy (Lake Mary, FL: GIST Publishing Co., 2010)