Alma, C&R and John Blake compete in IPG awards

Alma Books, Constable & Robinson and John Blake Publishing have been shortlisted for the IPG Trade Publisher of the Year at the IPG's Independent Publishing Awards. The shortlisting puts C&R in the running to win the award twice in a row, having triumphed in 2012.

Meanwhile Nosy Crow, Usborne Publishing and Walker Books will compete to be named IPG Children's Publisher of the Year.

Children's digital publishing specialist Nosy Crow has made its way onto four of the IPG Independent Publishing Awards shortlists, the highest number of any publisher, having last year picked up a hat-trick of awards.

Faber has two shortlistings, plus a third for its Faber Factory service. Constable & Robinson, Advance Materials, Bloomsbury, Saqi and Phonic Books also all pick up two nominations.

Bloomsbury Professional, Academic and Professional Division is nominated alongside Edward Elgar Publishing, Liverpool University Press, and Woodhead Publishing in the Frankfurt Book Fair Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year category.

In the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year category, Vicky Blunden of Myriad Editions is nominated, alongside Lynn Gaspard of Saqi Books, and Emma Langley of Phoenix Yard Books. The judges reported being "especially struck" by the "very high quality of candidates" in this category.

Bridget Shine, executive director of the IPG, said: "Competition for this year's IPG Independent Publishing Awards has been exceptionally strong, and we applaud all those members who took the time to submit entries. We also thank our judges, who deliberated long and hard to produce these shortlists. Congratulations to all who have been nominated, and we look forward to crowning our 2013 winners in March."

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner during the IPG's annual conference on 7th March, when the overall IPG Independent Publisher of the Year will also be revealed. This winner is chosen from a shortlist of the winners of the five Publisher of the Year categories.

The full shortlists are:

IPG Trade Publisher of the Year
Alma Books, Constable & Robinson and John Blake Publishing

IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year
Nosy Crow, Usborne Publishing and Walker Books

Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year
Bloomsbury Professional, Academic and Professional Division; Edward Elgar Publishing; Liverpool University Press; and Woodhead Publishing

IPG Education Publisher of the Year
Advance Materials, Crown House Publishing and Phonic Books

PrintOnDemand Worldwide Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year
Accent Press, Osprey Group, Quiller Publishing and Witherby Publishing Group

IPG Newcomer Award
How 2 Become and Phoenix Yard

The London Book Fair International Achievement Award
Advance Materials, Nosy Crow and Top That! Publishing

Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award
Bloomsbury Publishing, Constable & Robinson, Faber & Faber
and Nosy Crow

Nielsen Digital Marketing Award
Faber & Faber, The History Press and Nosy Crow

IPG Diversity Award
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Phonic Books and Saqi Books

IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year
Vicky Blunden, Myriad Editions; Lynn Gaspard, Saqi Books; and Emma Langley, Phoenix Yard Books

GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award
Bounce Sales and Marketing, Compass-DSA and Faber Factory