Booker-shortlisted author and former Blackwell's bookseller Daisy Johnson has joined the judging panel for the Vintage Independent Bookseller of the Year Award 2020.
Returning for its second year, the award is open to all independent booksellers in the UK and Ireland, regardless of age and experience. In 2018 the award was given to James Routledge from Forum Books.
The winner will be chosen by Johnson (pictured), Vintage m.d. Richard Cable, Emma Bradshaw from the Booksellers Association and Vintage publisher Rachel Cugnoni.
The prize will be awarded to the individual who, in the judges’ opinion, has demonstrated the strongest skills in any or all of the following areas: bookselling–particularly hand-selling and recommending; championing specific books or authors; bringing books to new audiences; and serving the local community and demonstrating creative flair–e.g. for displays, author events, marketing, etc.
The winner will receive a cheque for £1,500 as well as an expenses-paid (travel and accommodation) trip to London. During that trip, they will spend a day in the Vintage offices, meeting staff from across the division. They will also be paired up with a Vintage staff member as a mentor for the following year.
The winner will also be invited onto the Vintage podcast, receive a trophy and "an invitation to a money-can’t-buy Vintage experience" with special activities available for the winning bookseller’s shop during Independent Bookshop Week 2020. Two runners-up will receive £500 each.
Booksellers and PRH staff can put forward as many candidates as they like, explaining why they should receive the award. There is no requirement for any special focus on Vintage /PRH books. Please feel free to include any additional material to support your nomination(s), e.g. testimonials, photographs, sales data. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nominee’s name, the bookshop where they work and why you think they should win.
Nominations can be made until 23rd April, with the winner announced in May.