International Excellence Awards 2022

  • Open Call
  • Worldwide
  • 14/01/2022
  • Open Call
  • Worldwide
  • 14/01/2022

Website The London Book Fair

Back for another year the awards celebrate publishing success in 11 categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. Awards are given to companies and individuals across the world and across sectors.

Applications are now open for the 2022 International Excellence Awards.

Deadline is the 14th January.

The Categories

The Adult Trade Publisher Award
Criteria: Adult publishers who have demonstrated innovation in a title or series, in any format, whose publication has created significant impact, resulting in critical acclaim, high sales, and PR coverage, or have demonstrated a new business model or business innovation. Judges will be looking for high quality publishing and excellence in the publishing programme.

Who is eligible: Any company or organisation producing adult titles, operating outside the UK.

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The Audiobook Publisher Award
Criteria: Companies who have contributed to audiobook publishing and have demonstrated innovation in the area, whose publication has created significant impact, resulting in critical acclaim, high sales, and PR coverage, or have demonstrated a new business model or business innovation. Judges will be looking for high quality and excellence in the publishing programme.

Who is eligible: Any company, or division of a global company, specialist company division, or organisation, who has contributed to audiobook publishing, whose scope of achievement is predominantly outside the UK.
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The Bookstore of the Year Award
Criteria: The judges will be looking for excellence in a range of areas, including customer service, staff knowledge, events, display, outreach, atmosphere, innovation, imagination, the incorporation of digital, style and flare.

Who is eligible: Independents or chain branches whose primary business is outside the UK. Nominees do not have to be English language booksellers – though these are welcome too – and there is no stipulation regarding turnover. Business viability will be recognised and entries from more remote locations are encouraged. If you are a chain applying, please ensure that you nominate one branch specifically.

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The Children’s and Young Adult Trade Publisher Award
Criteria: Children and young adult publishers who have demonstrated innovation in a title or series, in any format, whose publication has created significant impact, resulting in critical acclaim, high sales, and PR coverage, or have demonstrated a new business model or business innovation. Judges will be looking for high quality publishing and excellence in the publishing programme.

Who is eligible: Any company or organisation producing children’s or young adult titles, operating outside the UK.
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The Educational Innovation Award
Criteria: The judges will be looking for companies that have produced an innovative, exciting, pedagogically sound new initiative or learning resource that enhances and broadens the learning and learners’ experience, whether in schools, home, play schemes, or clubs. Judges will be looking for new innovations that increases education provision and effectiveness as well as evidence of how they have been implemented in a learning context.

Who is eligible: any company or organisation, either charity or profit-making, operating outside the UK.
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The Library of the Year Award
Criteria: The judges will be looking for excellence in a range of areas, including the library as an inspirational and democratic space for all; innovative partnerships and initiatives to attract new users and extend the range of services provided; stock promotion and the use of new technology to engage users in library collections; the response to the climate change agenda; and examples of the library’s contribution to literacy and learning in its community

Who is eligible: any public library operating outside the UK.
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The Literary Translation Initiative Award
Criteria: Organizations that have succeeded in raising the profile of literature in translation, promoting literary translators, and encouraging new translators and translated works.

Who is eligible: any company or organization operating outside the UK, whose scope of achievement is outside the UK.

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The Rights Professional Award
Criteria: Individuals who have achieved demonstrable success in selling rights and licenses:  good negotiators; commercially aware; possessing excellent knowledge of copyright and contracts, and are, with their sub agencies, continuously seeking to find more readerships and long-term partnerships for all of their writers. The judges will be looking for breadth of platforms, territories, languages, or media, and will welcome examples of the ability to extract maximum value from international markets.

Who is eligible: Anyone working in any aspect of rights or licensing, based outside the UK; literary agents who have made a significant impact on the promotion, sale and translation of non-English-speaking authors, thus maximising their authors’ interests in the long and short term, and agents based in the UK, who work only with non-English-speaking authors.
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Lifetime Achievement Award
Criteria: This award celebrates an individual’s career dedication to breaking down borders in the international book industry. The Judges will want to see examples of several of the following: Leadership, Documented Accomplishments, Impact, Innovation/Flair, Legacy.

Who is eligible: Open to any individual, in any area of the book business, whose work has contributed significantly to international publishing. The individual is likely, therefore, to be in the later stages of their careers.
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The Academic and Professional Publisher Award
Criteria: Companies who have significantly enhanced users’ learning and information acquisition experience, in an evolving marketplace.  Judges will be looking for commercial success, excellence in the publishing programme and in digital innovation, editorial, marketing and sales, and other operational areas. The winner will demonstrate consistent high-quality publishing within its chosen field.

Who is eligible: Any company, or division, of a global company, specialist company division, or organisation, who specialises in academic or professional publishing, whose scope of achievement is predominantly outside the UK.
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Open to UK only:
Inclusivity in Publishing Award
Criteria: Publishing companies who have demonstrated commitment to improving diversity across the publishing ecosystem. This includes diversity in content produced, marketing strategy and activity to reach diverse audiences (including working with festivals, bookshops and libraries), and commitment to improvement of equality in the workforce (including disabilities, socio-economic, ethnicity, LGBT, cultural and racial equality).

Who is Eligible: Any publishing company based in the UK.
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