Yes, it's that time again. The 2018 FutureBook Awards are now open to entries - and this year we've whittled them down to just five clear and inspiring categories.
Each of the five 2018 Awards is designed to surface and celebrate the very best innovation going on in all corners of the publishing industry. From record-breaking multi-media marketing campaigns to brand new startups with a brilliant idea, this an opportunity for book professionals across the spectrum to be recognised for their most original and effective work.
FutureBook Person of the Year (sponsored by Mosaic) honours the person who, during the past year, has most influenced publishing’s future. This individual will have embraced innovative tools and ways of working, and inspired action not just within their organisation but across publishing, and the wider book business. They are not necessarily in a leadership position, but they must have demonstrated leadership in their own area of expertise in a that sets the agenda for the trade.
FutureBook of the Year (sponsored by Frankfurt Book Fair) celebrates innovative books - whether they are print books, e-books, enhanced e-books, audiobooks, apps, or website based. The winning book will demonstrate the highest level of innovation, design and usability, discoverability and connection with its audience - whatever the media and format it employs.
FutureBook Campaign of the Year will reward marketing or publicity campaigns that have used digital and/or print in a creative, intuitive and integrated way. The campaign could be for a book, an author, a genre, a series, a bookshop, an event or anything else book-related. It is open to publishers, authors, booksellers, start-ups and anyone who has put together an innovative campaign in the book world - though there must be some sort of digital or multi-media element.
FutureBook Podcast of the Year, new for 2018, honours a books podcast that has done most to champion books, authors and/or writing during the past year. It is open to any UK or overseas based podcast, which is primarily focused on discussing and/or promoting books and/or writers. The award is open to individuals running and/or hosting their own podcasts, or companies operating their own books podcast.
BookTech Startup of the Year aims to highlight the most promising young book-related businesses. Candidates don’t have to have created proprietary tech, but they do have to demonstrate that they’re using digital tools and/or behaviours in powerful and original ways. They may be from around the world, but founders must be available to attend the final pitch-off on the FutureBook Live conference on 30th November, where a panel of judges will award the winner from a shortlist of five finalists.
You can find the full criteria for each category and submit your entry here. Submissions close on Wednesday 3rd October.
The Awards will be presented at this year's FutureBook Live conference on Friday 30th November in Bishopsgate, London. If you want to learn from the people setting the agenda for the future of the book business, get your early bird ticket now.