Deadline approaches for BIA submissions

Deadline approaches for BIA submissions

Companies submitting nominations for the Bookseller Industry Awards have just over a week to go to complete their entries. The awards, now in their 10th year, recognise excellence in the book business.

Publishers, agents and booksellers have until Friday 20th February to submit their form for a range of awards categories, including Imprint of the Year, recognising dynamic imprints building successful authors and lists, Young Retailer of the Year and Children's Bookseller of the Year. The Young Retailer award, given out in honour of Sue Butterworth and sponsored by HarperCollins, marks the achievements of enthusiastic booksellers under 30, while the Children's Bookseller award, sponsored by Macmillan Children's Books, will reward those building an audience with flair and results.

Other accolades that will be celebrated at the awards ceremony, to be held at the Hilton, Park Lane on 11th May, include Manager of the Year, rewarding booksellers who lead a team and deliver excellent service, and Rights Professional of the Year, an award sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair, which recognises individuals or teams who demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the international rights market.

For the first time this year, an award will be given out for the Bookseller's Book of the Year, to be bestowed on the title that best embodied good publishing in 2014. Another new award is for the Digital Business of the Year, combining previous prizes for best digital strategy and best e-book retailer.

Blake Brooks, marketing and events coordinator at The Bookseller, said: "Winning a Bookseller Industry Award is the highest accolade in the trade and a true reflection of the hard work, creativity and innovation that is one of our industry's strengths. Being a Bookseller Industry Award winner puts you and your company on the map, differentiates you from the competition and, more than anything, is something you can really be proud of.”

Entries for any of the awards can be made through the Bookseller Industry Awards website, where bookings for tickets can also be made.