The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2015 Submissions Open

Recognising publishing success at an international level

Has your publishing company excelled this year? Do you know of an individual or company who ought to be celebrated on an international stage?

8 October 2014:

The London Book Fair (LBF), in association with The UK Publishers Association (The PA), is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the LBF International Excellence Awards 2015.

Entries for the awards need to be registered online via the LBF website by 9 January 2015.

After a hugely successful launch in 2014, with winners from as far afield as Malaysia (Fixi), Denmark (Anneli Hoier), Australia (Penguin) and the US (Skybound), the LBF International Excellence Awards are back for the second year.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair said: ‘We were really delighted with the warm reception that the first awards received this year – what could be nicer than showcasing successes from all round the publishing world. Just reading the shortlist certainly gives us all a snapshot of the innovation, expertise and passion that makes up our industry from Malawi to Malaysia, Beirut to Belarus and all points in between! The awards span all industry categories, underpinning our commitment to creators whether they instil a love of books from childhood, develop educational reading schemes or simply offer a lifetime of reading for pleasure that is the bedrock of this great industry – an industry that well deserves recognition and awards!’

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, said: “We are delighted to see the International Excellence Awards instilled as an annual fixture of London Book Fair after their successful inauguration last year. The publishing industry has an incredible global footprint and these awards provide the ideal opportunity to showcase great initiatives from our colleagues around the world.”

The Awards are the UK’s recognition of international publishing industry excellence and have been designed to celebrate achievement across the whole business of publishing. 10 categories are open to international companies outside the UK only. However UK organisations are eligible for 4 awards (indicated by (*) below): 

  • The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award (*) 
  • The Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award 
  • The International Academic and Professional Publisher Award 
  • The International Education Initiatives Award 
  • The International Educational Learning Resources Award 
  • The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award 
  • The International Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award  International Literary Translation Initiative Award 
  • The Award for best use of IP across Multiple Media Platforms 
  • The Publishers Weekly International Book Industry Technology Supplier Award 
  • The Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award (*) 
  • The International Literary Agent Award (*) 
  • The Market Focus Achievement Award (*) 
  • Mexico Market Focus Award for Outstanding Contribution

Nominations and submissions are sought for each category for international companies, organisations and individuals. Entries will be reviewed by panels of UK judges with relevant expertise in each category.

The shortlist will be announced in February 2015. The LBF International Excellence Awards 2015 winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony on Tuesday 14 April 2015, 18.30 in The Conference Centre, London Olympia, London.


To learn more about the Awards and hear from last year’s winner Gita Wolf from Tara Books, Jacks Thomas, The London Book Fair, and Emma House, PA, come to Forum Dialog in Hall 5.0, stand number A122, 1:15pm Thursday 9 October.


Entry forms need to be submitted via by 8 January 2015. Organisations and individuals from the UK are eligible to enter the Awards marked (*). Full details on the entry criteria for each award category are below and on the LBF website –

“It’s a special thrill to get an award at The London Book Fair because London is the place I cemented my love for books. I’d never been to a city with so many bookshops before that. I look forward to making LBF an annual pilgrimage!”

Amir Muhammad, Buku Fixi, winner of The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award 2014.

“It’s delightful to see the Best Translated Book Award recognised for its contributions to the spread of international literature. I am grateful to the LBF for drawing attention to the prize, whose chief purpose remains to advocate for superlative writing in languages other than English–and the translators who so ingeniously welcome them into it.”

Daniel Medin, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, The American University of Paris on BTBA winning The International Literary Translation Initiative Award 2014.

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For further information, please contact Sam Layton, Midas PR Tel: 020 7361 7860, email: [email protected]

2015 SHOW DATES THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 April 2015

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