LBF SEEKS TO SHOWCASE BEST CHINESE CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING AT THE LBF INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016
LONDON/BEIJING, 11 November 2015: The London Book Fair (LBF) is calling for children’s publishers across China to showcase their success to an audience of international publishers by entering their work for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2016.
Last year China Publishers Group’s international success was recognised at The LBF International Excellence Awards, held in London in April each year, to celebrate the global publishing industry’s most successful and inspirational initiatives at the world’s largest spring rights fair.
LBF is extending a formal invitation to Chinese children’s publishers to enter the ‘Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award’ at next year’s awards, as part of its commitment to ensuring publishers from the world’s fastest growing economy are well represented at the Awards.
Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair said: “The children’s publishing industry in China is vibrant, innovative and imaginative as befits a country which is at the forefront of embracing advances in the creative sector. Inspiring the readers of tomorrow is a goal that unites those in the book business around the globe. I cannot wait to see Chinese children’s publishers’ work showcased at the LBF International Awards following in the footsteps of the success of China Publishing Group who won the acclaimed Chairman’s Award this year.”
Ms Zhou Qing, President and Editor-in-chief of Shanghai Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House, Shanghai Century Publishing Group, who will be attending LBF 2016 said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to join the Trans-media Partnership Forum hosted by The London Book Fair in Shanghai CCBF last year. I find it fascinating to compare the latest trends in the children’s publishing in China with the rest of the world. I’m very looking forward to attending the London Book Fair next year to share ideas with international colleagues in London.”
LBF’s call for entries from Chinese children’s publishers is the latest example of cross-cultural exchange between China and the UK enabled by the fair. Building on the legacy of China Market Focus in 2012, LBF has played host to growing delegations of Chinese publishers in succeeding years, culminating in China Publishing Group winning the coveted Chairman’s Award at the LBF International Excellence Awards in 2015. LBF continues to support new partnerships between UK and Chinese publishers outside of the fair, most recently at China Shanghai International Book Fair, where LBF led a delegation of leading British children’s publishers in November 2015.
Entry by 15 January 2016. Full details on the entry criteria for each award category are below and on the LBF website –www.londonbookfair.co.uk/awards
For further information, please contact Edwina Boyd-Gibbins, Midas PR
Tel: 020 7361 7860
Notes to editors:
THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (LBF)
The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk.
THE LBF INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The Awards are the UK’s recognition of international publishing industry excellence. They have been designed to celebrate achievement across the entire business of publishing. 10 categories are open to international companies outside the UK only. UK organisations are eligible for two awards (indicated by (*) below):
- The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award (*)
- Bookstore of the Year Award
- Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award
- Academic and Professional Publisher Award
- Education Initiatives Award
- Educational Learning Resources Award
- Adult Trade Publisher Award
- Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award
- Literary Translation Initiative Award
- IP Licensing Across Media Award
- Innovation Award (*)
- Literary Agent Award
- Market Focus Achievement Award (*)
Nominations and submissions in these categories will be reviewed by panels of UK judges with relevant expertise in each category. The Awards ceremony will also celebrate several other awards including the Association for Publishing Education (APE) Awards and The IPA Freedom to Publish Award. Please note nominations will not be sought for these categories with judging undertaken by APE and IPA respectively.
The Awards were launched at LBF 2014 when companies from US, Malaysia, Indian and Australia led the way. This year’s winners included companies from Middle East, Singapore, China, Sweden with a particularly strong showing from Belgian companies who won two awards; Uigeverij Van receiving the Educational Learning Resources Award and Clavis Publishing winning Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award.
The shortlist will be announced in March 2016. The winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony on Tuesday 14 April 2016, at LBF, Olympia, London.
THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON
Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 April 2016