LBF International Excellence Awards 2015: Winners Announced

The winners of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, in association with The Publishers Association, have been announced at a prestigious awards ceremony, held on the first day of The London Book Fair.

This year saw winners from every corner of the globe: from Belgium to Bangladesh; from the US to the UAE.

The Belgian publishing industry was in joint first spot at this year’s awards. Judges identified Belgian publishers as some of the world’s most innovative in children’s and educational publishing. Clavis Publishing triumphed in The International Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher category and were commended for their “innovation” and “brilliant international sales and marketing”. And Uigeverij Van In won The International Educational Learning Resources Award for their digital learning platform Bingel which takes children on an educational tour of fantasy islands.

The US continued their excellent record this year with two wins overall. In The International Academic and Professional Publisher category, independent publisher Sage Publications took the prize from last year’s winner the University of Chicago Press. New York-based non-profit Library for All picked up The International Education Initiatives Award for their work helping people in developing countries “lift themselves out of poverty through education”.

In The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award, Croatian publisher Fraktura took the crown. Judges declared Fraktura winners for “their unique combination of quality publishing, innovation and digital marketing”. The award caps off a year of global success in which the leading literary publisher has brought writers from more than 40 countries to Croatian readers.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “In the last few years, we have seen the rise and rise of international publishing and it is brilliant to see this celebrated at The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. Each one of our winners brings something special to the industry. We are proud to give them the recognition they deserve as they are the people and organisations who make publishing the significant, powerful global industry it is today.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The Publishers Association (UK), said: “It is great to see publishing innovation and excellence receive such international recognition. The sheer spread of countries whose publishing industries are recognised tonight demonstrates the continuing global relevance of our industry in the digital age. Many congratulations to all the winners this evening.”

The full list of this year’s International Excellence Awards winners is below:

  • The International Literary Agent Award
    Nicole Witt, Literarische Agentur Mertin Inh. (Germany)
  • The Award for Best Use of IP across Multiple Media Platforms
    Mojang (Sweden)
  • The International Literary Translation Initiative Award
    Asymptote Journal (Singapore)
  • The International Academic and Professional Publisher Award
    Sage Publications (US)
  • The International Education Initiatives Award
    Library for All (US)
  • The International Educational Learning Resources Award
    Uigeverij Van In (Belgium)
  • The Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award
    Fraktura (Croatia)
  • The International Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award
    Clavis Publishing (Belgium)
  • The Publishers Association Copyright Protection Award
    Nigerian Publishers Association (Nigeria)
  • The Mexico Market Focus Outstanding Contribution Award
    Daniel Hahn, British Centre for Literary Translation (UK)
  • The Market Focus Achievement Award
    Sharjah International Book Fair (UAE)
  • The Publishers Weekly International Book Industry Technology Supplier Award
    BooXtream (Netherlands)

Also hosted on the night was a selection of awards held in association with The London Book Fair:

  • The London Book Fair Chairman’s Award
  • The Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award
  • The Association for Publishing Education Dissertation and Project Prizes
    Best Dissertation for a Postgraduate: Nigel Graves (Anglia Ruskin)
    Best Dissertation for an Undergraduate: Sarah Wild (Oxford Brookes)
    Best Overall Project: Victoria Love (Anglia Ruskin)
  • Accessible Books Consortium Award for Accessible Publishing: Initiative
    Young Power in Social Action, YPSA (Bangladesh)
  • Accessible Books Consortium Award for Accessible Publishing: Publisher
    Cambridge University Press (UK)
  • The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award
    Peter Usborne, founder and Managing Director of Usborne Books (UK)

The awards which celebrate international excellence in the book industry cover all areas of international publishing including: academic and scholarly, children’s publishing and digital innovation. In each award category the judging panel was made up of experts in that sector.

The awards were presented at the stunning new venue for The London Book Fair, London Olympia Conference Centre.

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For further information about The London Book Fair 2015, please contact:
Sam Layton at Midas Public Relations
Tel: 0207 361 7860

Notes to Editors:


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 2015, the 44th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 14-Thursday 16 April 2015, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the second year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. London Book and Screen Week will open with LBF’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference on Monday 13 April, the day before LBF opens. Mexico is Market Focus country in 2015, following Korea in 2014. In 2015 LBF’s charity of the year is Booktrust.

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The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover.

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