HC, Riot make publicity awards shortlist

The book trade is well represented in the PRWeek awards shortlist, with three groups given nods for their publicity and communications teams.

HarperCollins has reached the final five for the Internal Communications shortlist, following recognition for their "Digitial First" project, a strategy to help staff to engage with digital, including increasing publicity of their Christmas e-book sales and promoting digital news stories.

Last year, the HarperFiction team were highly commended in the Issues and Crisis Management category.

However, an issue this year may come from their competition in the category, as HC group communications director Siobhan Kenny will face off against her husband's agency, Firstlight PR.

Also nominated in the campaign category, Culture, Media and Sport, are Consolidated PR for their work promoting World Book Day 2012.

Meanwhile, Riot Communications and Viking/Penguin Books have also been given a nod for their efforts in publicising Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin.

The biographer's study of the Victorian novelist was released in 2011, ahead of the bicentenary of his birth in 2012.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 23rd October.