LBF launches Trailblazer Awards for young publishing talent

LBF launches Trailblazer Awards for young publishing talent

The London Book Fair (LBF) has launched the Trailblazer Awards for publishing professionals under the age of 30 who have demonstrated “innovation and ambition in the book industry”.

The awards, which will be supported by the Society of Young Publishers (SYP), are open to anyone under 30 as of 12th April 2016. Ten winners who are “roaring through their 20s” will be announced at a ceremony in 2016. They will receive VIP access to the LBF next year, which is taking place 12-14th April.

Jacks Thomas, director of The London Book Fair, said: “Publishing is an industry that has always attracted clever, creative and committed people. Now, in an age of change and transformation, the talent of the younger generation of publishers has never been more relevant. At LBF, we have always worked hard to recognise young people who are making a difference in publishing and include them within LBF seminars and industry events.”

Entrants can nominate themselves, or be submitted by a friend, peer or colleague, by writing a 50-word subscription about why they should win on the Trailblazer section of the LBF website.

All eligible applicants will then be contacted by the LBF team and invited to submit a video (no longer than 60 seconds) or written entry demonstrating why they should win the award.

Anna Cunnane, chair of the SYP, said: “The Trailblazer Awards are a great initiative to support and reward young people in publishing and we’re thrilled to be involved.”