Small Press of the Year

Congratulations to all our Regional and Country Winners!

Presented for the second time in 2020, this Award celebrates the remarkable diversity of small presses in the UK. From the Scottish Highlands down to Bath, these nine companies are all winners in the category’s regional round, and share creativity, diversity and an impact in the market that belies their small size. The strength of entries in this category was such that judges chose to highly commend two more small presses: Butterfly Books from the Midlands category and Penned in the Margins from the London category.

Now, our Regional and Country Winners will go head to head in another stage of The British Book Awards to fight to win Small Press of the Year 2020.

Our Regional and Country Winners

  • Comma Press
    North England
    Comma Press picked up several prizes and shortlistings in 2019—including at the FutureBook Awards for its popular Podcast—and gave voice to many neglected overseas and regional British writers. Trade sales were its best ever.
  • Firefly Press
    Firefly Press' focused frontlist of a book a month had a high hit rate, with top sellers including Catherine Fisher’s The Clockwork Crow, and it built momentum in backlist and rights sales.
  • Jacaranda Books
    London - Joint Winner
    Jacaranda Books has been championing diversity in publishing long before it became a mainstream concern, and got a lot of attention for its #TwentyIn2020 initiative for black British authors. It pushed out into non-fiction and Young Adult books too.
  • Otter-Barry Books
    . Sales of its inclusive picture, information and poetry books jumped by a quarter, and highlights included 'Migrations', featuring contributions from 50 illustrators around the world, plus the launch of a young reader series.
  • Really Decent Books
    South-West England
    Really Decent Books has built a list of around 250 titles since launching eight years ago, and secured some major new trade accounts and partnerships in 2019. Half of its turnover now comes from overseas.
  • Sandstone Press
    It scooped the Man International Booker Prize for Jokha Alharthi‘s 'Celestial Bodies', and capitalised superbly on the print, distribution, publicity and rights opportunities that followed.
  • September Publishing
    East/South-East England
    September Publishing has established a distinctive publishing brand and voice in just four years in business, and added children’s books and international distribution to its fiction and short stories list in 2019.
  • The Lilliput Press
    It is a modest name for a company that has made a big impact on Ireland’s culture over 35 years. It added a book a month to its backlist of more than 500 titles, including its first Eason’s bestseller from Seamus Mallon and several bold debuts.
  • Tiny Owl
    London - Joint Winner
    Tiny Owl is another passionate supporter of under-represented BAME voices. It tripled turnover and generated record rights sales in 2019, also extending its publishing programme and sharpening up its design and marketing work.

Highly Commended

  • Butterfly Books
    The Midlands
    Highly Commended
  • Penned in the Margins
    Highly Commended

Regional Shortlist: East/South-EastEngland

Regional Shortlist: Ireland

Regional Shortlist: London

Regional Shortlist: Midlands

Regional Shortlist: North England

Regional Shortlist: Scotland

Regional Shortlist: South-West England

Regional Shortlist: Wales