Nosy Crow leads IPG Awards nominations

Nosy Crow leads IPG Awards nominations

Nosy Crow leads the nominations for the 10th annual Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) Independent Publishing Awards 2016 with five nominations, while Bloomsbury Publishing follows closely behind with four.

Nosy Crow, which was praised by the judges for its "huge passion for its books", is up for the IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year, the Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award, the Nielsen Digital Marketing Award, The Bookseller International Achievement Award, and its rights manager Ola Gotkowska is also up for the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year.

Bloomsbury has been shortlisted four times, for the IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year, the Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year, the Publishers Licensing Society Education Publisher of the Year and the Ingram Content Group Digital Award. “Bloomsbury’s big challenge has been to maintain the Harry Potter brand, and it has done that very well—but its publishing goes much further,” judges said.

Faber & Faber and career guide publisher How2Become have both been shortlisted in three categories. Faber has been shortlisted for Trade Publisher of the Year and has also been nominated for the Nielsen Digital Marketing Award and the Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award. How2Become has also been nominated for the Nielsen Digital Marketing Award, as well as the IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year, and its operations director Joshua Brown is up for the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year.

Accent Press, PG Online, SPCK, Barrington Stoke and Pavilion Books each have two nominations, while Berghahn Books, Head of Zeus, Meze Publishing, Oneworld, Orenda Books, PG Online, Policy Press, Quarto Publishing Group and V&A Publishing appear on the Awards shortlists for the first time.

The 12 winners of the 2016 IPG Independent Publishing Awards will be revealed at a Gala Dinner during the IPG’s Annual Spring Conference on Thursday 3rd March, hosted by the BBC’s Tanya Beckett. They will be followed by the presentation of a final award—the flagship Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year. The shortlist for this award will comprise of the winners of the five Publisher of the Year categories - the Ruth Killick Publicity Trade Publisher of the Year, the IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year, the Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year, the Publishers Licensing Society Education Publisher of the Year and the IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year.

IPG chief executive Bridget Shine said: “Competition for the IPG Independent Publishing Awards gets tougher every year—but the strength of this year’s nominations was remarkable. We congratulate all the IPG members who entered the Awards and thank our judges for the care they have taken over these shortlists. Every company and individual on these lists should feel very proud, and those who did not make the final cut from such an excellent range of entrants should not be discouraged. It is fitting that our 10th anniversary Awards should have such an exceptional range of finalists, and we are really looking forward to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the independent publishing sector on 3rd March.”

Full shortlist:

Ruth Killick Publicity Trade Publisher of the Year
Faber & Faber
Head of Zeus
Oneworld
Pavilion Books

IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year
Barrington Stoke
Bloomsbury Publishing
Nosy Crow
Quarto Publishing Group

Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year
Berghahn Books
Bloomsbury Publishing
Policy Press
SAGE Publishing

Publishers Licensing Society Education Publisher of the Year
Bloomsbury Publishing
Bright Red Publishing
Illuminate Publishing
PG Online

IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year
How2Become
SPCK
V&A Publishing

Nick Robinson Newcomer Award
Meze Publishing
Orenda Books
PG Online

The Bookseller International Achievement Award
Accent Press
Nosy Crow
Pavilion Books
Walker Books

Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award
Bloomsbury Publishing
Faber & Faber
Nosy Crow

Nielsen Digital Marketing Award
Accent Press
Faber & Faber
How2Become
Nosy Crow

Alison Morrison Diversity Award
Barrington Stoke
Carcanet Press
Oneworld

IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year
Joshua Brown, How2Become
Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow
Sam Richardson, SPCK
Rachel Williams, Quarto Publishing Group

GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award
Graham Bell, EDItEUR
Compass Independent Publishing Services
Firsty Group
Stison