The Bookseller opens entries for independent award

<p><em>The Bookseller</em> has opened entries for its 2011 Independent Bookseller of the Year award. The winner will be revealed at <em>The Bookseller</em> Industry Awards, which are set to take place on the 16th May at the Hilton Park Lane. The best independent will receive a &pound;5,000 cash prize from Gardners Books.</p><p>The prize recognises the devotion, hard work and innovation that go into running a local bookshop.</p><p>Regional shortlists will be selected from initial nominations and the winning bookshop from each region will become a contender for the overall Independent Bookseller of the Year award.</p><p>Bob Jackson, commercial director of Gardners Books, said: &quot;2011 is Gardners 25th year of supporting independent booksellers as an independent, family owned and run company, and we are delighted to be able to provide a practical &pound;5,000 cash prize towards the winning Bookseller to invest in their business.&quot;</p><p>All the information on how to enter can be found at <a href="../award" target="_blank" title="www.thebookseller.com/award">www.thebookseller.com/awards</a> and the deadline for entries is 31st January. </p><p>Entries for all remaining award categories will open at the beginning of February. The 2010 winner was One Tree Books of Petersfield, Hampshire.</p>