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The British Book Awards 2022

The annual celebration of the best books, bookshops and returns with an in-person and online event on 23rd May 2022.

The British Book Awards, aka The Nibbies, represent the absolute best of the book trade, showcasing the books, bookshops, agents and publishers who make this industry shine.  

First launched in 1990 and now run by The Bookseller, the British Book Awards' two halves - Books of the Year and Book Trade Awards -  celebrate the books which defied expectations and the industry who brought them to readers. 

The Books of the Year are unique in recognising that a book’s success is not down to just one factor. It is the author’s creative genius, the agent and publisher’s skill and support and the retailers who champion it, just to name a few. The shortlisted titles are unapologetically about success, but success is not always defined by who is at the top of the bestseller lists.

Our Book Trade Awards celebrate everyone from independent bookshops in rural Scotland to the industry's largest players, from agents championing debut authors to marketers and publicists finding the best route to readers. Everyone plays a vital role in publishing's ecosystem, and we are here to celebrate every bit of it.

2022 sees some exciting changes to the awards categories. The Books of the Year strand will now include the Discover Book of the Year, aimed at underrepresented writers across genres, and a split of the Children’s awards into Non-fiction and Illustrated, in addition to the Fiction award. There will also be two Audiobook awards this year, representing the strong growth in that market: these will be for Fiction and Non-fiction. On the Trade side, 2022 sees the return of the Individual Bookseller of the Year award, recognising the vital role booksellers continue to play in the sector. These build on the new awards launched last year, which included Designer of the Year—for the best-in-class book designer—and Pageturner of the Year—aimed at popular fiction titles across all formats.


See below for a full list, and click here to view criteria for all categories and to begin your entry for The British Book Awards.

2022 Awards Categories

Books, Authors and Illustrators

Book of the Year - Audiobook: Fiction         *UPDATED FOR 2022*
Book of the Year - Audiobook: Non-Fiction *UPDATED FOR 2022*
Book of the Year - Children's Fiction
Book of the Year - Children's Illustrated     *UPDATED FOR 2022*
Book of the Year - Children's Non-Fiction  *UPDATED FOR 2022*
Book of the Year - Fiction
Book of the Year - Fiction: Crime & Thriller
Book of the Year - Fiction: Début
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Lifestyle
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Narrative
Book of the Year - Pageturner 
Book of the Year - Discover   *NEW FOR 2022*
Author of the Year
Illustrator of the Year

Bookshops, Publishers & Agents

Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year
​Book Retailer of the Year
British Book Award for Export
Children's Bookseller of the Year
Children's Publisher of the Year
Designer of the Year    
Editor of the Year
Imprint of the Year
Independent Bookshop of the Year
Independent Publisher of the Year
Individual Bookseller of the Year     *RETURNS FOR 2022*
Literary Agent of the Year
Marketing Strategy of the Year
Publicity Campaign of the Year
Publisher of the Year
Rights Professional of the Year
Small Press of the Year