Reminder: Entries for The LBF International Excellence Awards 2017 Open until 15 December

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The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards are open for submissions until Thursday 15 December. This year there are two new categories: Rights Professional, and the Inclusivity in Publishing Award, supported by Equip.

Now in their fourth year the awards, in partnership with the Publishers Association, celebrate publishing success in 16 categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, cutting edge publishing, and ground breaking initiatives in the industry. Awards are given to companies and individuals across the world and across sectors, with categories including Bookstore of the Year, Literary Agent and Brand Licensing. The Awards are sponsored by Hytex.

Companies or individuals can enter the awards via the LBF website by Thursday 15 December 2016. Publishers are also encouraged to nominate companies or individuals who they feel deserve to be recognised for outstanding achievement in publishing this year.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said: “Since we launched them in 2014, the awards have been a personal LBF highlight of mine. It is brilliant that this year we are introducing the Rights Professional Award and we are looking forward to receiving the nominees from all corners of the globe. Each year, the winners and shortlist are always inspiring and diverse; from Readings Australia – the first bookstore of the year – to the educational publisher SuperMemo Poland the awards look across the publishing eco-system and celebrate its innovation and breadth.”

The Awards are the UK’s recognition of international publishing industry excellence. They have been designed to celebrate achievement across the entire business of publishing. Ten categories are open to international companies outside the UK only. Three categories are open to the Market Focus Poland only, and UK organisations are eligible for three awards.

Open to countries outside the UK only:

  • The Academic and Professional Publisher Award
  • The Educational Learning Resources Award, supported by China Education Journal
  • The Literary Agent Award
  • The Literary Translation Initiative Award
  • The Bookstore of the Year Award, sponsored by Gardners Books Ltd
  • Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award
  • The Literary Festival Award, supported by the International Literary Showcase
  • The Rights Professional Award
  • The Educational Initiatives Award

Open to the Market Focus Poland only:

  • The Market Focus Poland Adult Trade Publisher Award
  • The Market Focus Poland Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award
  • The Market Focus Poland Outstanding Contribution Award

Open to all countries, including the UK

  • The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Brand Licencing Award
  • The Quantum Publishing Innovation Award

Open to UK only

  • The Inclusivity in Publishing Award, supported by Equip

Nominations and submissions in these categories will be reviewed by panels of UK judges with relevant expertise in each category.

The Awards ceremony will also celebrate several other awards including the Association for Publishing Education (APE) Awards. Please note nominations will not be sought for these categories with judging undertaken by APE respectively.

This year’s winners included companies from Sudan, Brazil, Poland and New Zealand with the US winning two awards. Words Without Borders won The Literary Translation Initiative Award and The Barbara J. Zitwer Agency took home The Literary Agent Award. French publisher Actes Sud won best Adult Trade Publisher, and in a new category, The Bookstore of the Year Award went to Melbourne-based Readings.

The awards, which celebrate international excellence in the book industry, cover the whole scope of international publishing, including academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation.

The LBF International Excellence Awards will be an invite-only evening event, and will take place on Tuesday 14 March 2017 the first day of The LBF 2017 in The Conference Centre, Olympia, London.

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