Graduate Publishing Program Announces Winner of 2010 Oscar Dystel Fellowship

NEW YORK, February 25, 2010—Graduate student Christina Quintero is the recipient of the 2010 Oscar Dystel Fellowship, announced the Master of Science in Publishing program at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS).  The award committee also gave an honorary scholarship to graduate student Ashley Van Winkle.

The Dystel Fellowship—named for Oscar Dystel, a legendary leader in the publishing industry and former CEO and chairman of Bantam Books—consists of tuition scholarships awarded each year to outstanding graduate students in publishing. Members of the award committee, all distinguished professionals in the publishing community, serve as mentors to the Dystel Fellows and provide unique learning and networking opportunities.

“We are proud to award this year’s Dystel Fellowship to Christina Quintero, who has demonstrated a strong command of her academic studies as well as remarkable creativity, inventive ideas and devotion to a career in publishing,” said Andrea Chambers, director of the M.S. in Publishing program, one of 14 specialized Master’s degree programs offered at NYU-SCPS. 

Chambers continued, “Ashley Van Winkle, recipient of an honorary scholarship, is to be highly commended as well. Both Christina and Ashley have mastered book industry fundamentals as well as digital media and have shown their commitment to change and innovation in the shifting publishing environment. They exemplify the high standards and academic rigor of students within the program.”

“Christina and Ashley are both gifted and talented individuals whose refreshing ideas and viewpoints promise to bring new energy to publishing. I am sure that they will take what they learn in the program and do great things in our industry,” said Jane Dystel, chair of the Fellowship Committee and Oscar Dystel’s daughter.  She is a longstanding literary agent and president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

The Oscar Dystel committee consists of Irwyn Applebaum, former president and publisher, Bantam Dell Publishing Group; Jane Friedman, CEO and co-founder, Open Road Integrated Media; Martha Levin, executive vice president and publisher, Free Press, Simon & Schuster, Inc.; Robert Miller, president and publisher, HarperStudio; Sara Nelson, book director, O, The Oprah Magazine; Stephen Rubin, president and publisher, Henry Holt & Co., Macmillan Publishing; Lorraine Shanley, principal, Market Partners International, Inc.; William Shinker, president and publisher, Gotham Books, Penguin Group USA;  and Peter Workman, president and publisher, Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

About Christina Quintero

Quintero, recipient of the Dystel Fellowship, is a senior designer for Grosset and Dunlap, a division of Penguin Group USA. She designs and manages all stages of production for covers, interiors, and novelty books; works closely on the implementation of new technology for her company; and is a strong advocate of technological advances industry-wide.  Her wide-ranging art and production experience includes work at Puffin Books and Kaplan k12 Education. A graduate of Florida State University, Quintero is a lifelong environmentalist and is committed to expanding sustainable initiatives in both children’s and adult publishing. She envisions her future role in the industry as an art director and hopes to work overseas to learn more about global publishing. 

About Ashley Van Winkle

Van Winkle, recipient of an honorary Dystel scholarship, is an editorial assistant at Direct Brands, Inc. where she supports the editors of the Science Fiction, History and Military Book Clubs.  She has a strong literary background, and served as a writing tutor in her native Oregon before moving to New York to pursue a graduate degree in publishing. A graduate of Western Oregon University, she envisions a career in either editorial or marketing, possibly in a smaller publishing company better able to implement the technological and business changes she feels are crucial to industry growth and expansion. An advocate of eBooks and a possible subscription model to digital publishing, Van Winkle hopes to be part of that emerging dialogue.

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