LBF launches new international Literary Festival Award

LBF launches new international Literary Festival Award

The London Book Fair extends its partnership with Mexican publishers at FIL and opens entries for new Literary Festival category at LBF International Excellence Awards 2016.

London/Guadalajara, Tuesday 1 December 2015: The London Book Fair and The Publishers Association announced today that The LBF International Excellence Awards 2016 (12-14 April) will recognise the best Literary Festivals in the world.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, made the revelation during an appearance at FIL 2015 (Guadalajara International Book Fair) as part of the UK guest of honour programme at the Fair. She was speaking at an event for Mexican publishers, which explored opportunities for them at LBF 2016.

Judges for the new Award will be looking for festivals which demonstrate interesting, varied programming; high quality organisation; care and attention to authors; appeal to different audience groups; connection with the local community. The award is open to any literature festival based outside the UK, including festivals organised by or in partnership with UK festivals and festivals. The LBF International Excellence Awards are organised in association with The UK Publishers Association (The PA).

LBF are a key part of the UK guest of honour programme, following the success of Mexico Market Focus at LBF in 2015. Hundreds of rights meetings, events and networking opportunities took place during LBF 2015 between international and Mexican publishers building important working relationships. This included over 100 rights meetings between publishers, facilitated by the programme compiled by LBF (with support from UK Publishers Association) and Conaculta.

Jacks Thomas, Director at The London Book Fair, commented: “Mexico is a flourishing cultural hub, and Guadalajara shows how important great Literary Festivals have become to publishing. Never has the demand been greater for the public to hear from writers, poets and illustrators and we want to showcase great events going on around the world.”

Literary Festivals can enter or be nominated for the awards via the LBF website until entries close on 15 January 2016.

Jacks Thomas also chaired a panel at FIL event on Monday about Opportunities for Mexican and Latin American Authors in the UK and earlier in the day today (1 December) about The International Publishers Congress 2016. The latter event provided an insight into the 2016 Congress in London, and the major trends facing publishers around the world today.

Speaking at LBF 2015, Julio Trujillo, Editorial Director of Conaculta said: “We have a powerhouse of writers, artists, painters so I think our publishing industry needs go abroad. London Book Fair Market Focus was about Mexican publishers doing business; alongside the cultural events and authors in London, matchmaking, selling and buying rights were a key part of the programme.”

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Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 12 -Thursday 14 April 2016


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:


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. 11 categories are open to international companies outside the UK only. UK organisations are eligible for three 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 (*)
  • Literary Festival Award

Entry by 15 January 2016. Full details on the entry criteria for each award category are below and on the LBF website – The winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony on Tuesday 14 April 2016, at LBF, Olympia, London.

The London Book Fair will take part in the following events at FIL 2015:

Monday 30th November, 11.00 – 12.00
Opportunities for Mexican and Latin American Authors in the UK
Chair: Jacks Thomas, The London Book Fair
Susie Nicklin, Marsh Agency
Lucy Foster

The UK market for books in translation can be limited, apart from a few break-out star authors, or those published by specialist publishing houses. So how can you ensure that your authors and books are making the most of a UK presence? Literary festivals, book fairs, author events, media opportunities and, of course, book deals , come together in a thriving literary scene, and our panel will discuss how to get involved.

Tuesday 1st December, 12.00 – 13.00
The International Publishers Congress, London 2016

Chair: Emma House, The Publishers Association
Richard Mollet, The Publishers Association
Jacks Thomas, The London Book Fair

The International Publishers Congress is the bi-annual gathering of the global publishing industry. The 31st Congress will take place in London in April 2016, to coincide with the London Book Fair. Join this session to hear what is in store at the Congress, which will discuss the major trends facing publishers around the world today.

Tuesday 1st December, 13.00 – 14.00
How to make the most of The London Book Fair
Chair: Emma House, The Publishers Association
Jacks Thomas, The London Book Fair
Cortina Butler, British Council
Paz Jarque

The London Book Fair takes place every April in Olympia, London and is the key trade fair in the spring for the global publishing industry. The London Book Fair is a hub for seminars and events on global publishing trends and is also home to the consumer facing London Book and Screen Week; hear from Director Jacks Thomas about opportunities for international publishers at The London Book Fair 2016.

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