Submissions Open for The Third Trailblazer Awards 2018


 The London Book Fair celebrates UK publishing talent under 30


Winners to receive six month Groucho Club membership


London. 29.11. 2017. Submissions open today for the Trailblazer Awards, recognising publishing professionals aged under 30 who are demonstrating innovation and ambition in the book industry.


Now in their third year, the awards are run The London Book Fair, in association with the Publishers Association, supported by the Society of Young Publishers and BookBrunch, and sponsored by Publishing Training Centre. The awards are open to anyone under the age of 30 (as of 12 February 2018).


Five winners will be selected by a judging panel and announced at a ceremony at the Groucho Club in London on 12 February 2018, hosted by The London Book Fair and SYP.


Winners will receive a six-month membership to the Groucho Club, as well as VIP entry to The London Book Fair, and access to The Club at the Ivy’s LBF pop-up. The winners will also be celebrated at the Fair itself.


Heather McDaid, one of the 2017 Trailblazer Awards winners, said: “As a freelancer working from my spare room in Scotland, the London Book Fair Trailblazer’s Award was a great validation that there is no set route through the publishing industry. Taking the leap as a freelancer and working in such an irregular way is quite scary, but to win alongside so many talented people who are making a great impact on the UK industry was a lovely moment that underlines that you can do great work whether in an office, or at home! I would encourage people to nominate colleagues and peers from all corners of the industry and celebrate the impact they’re making in the book world.”
How to enter:

Entrants can enter themselves, or nominate a friend or colleague who they believe deserves to be recognised, by submitting a short description of why they should win in no more than 50 words via the LBF website. Entrants and nominees will also be invited to submit an optional 60 second video to support their entry or nomination.


Applications will close on 15 January.



Nominees must have demonstrated innovation, creativity, a can-do attitude, passion for the industry and for winning, ambition, and a desire to be the best at what they do.



  • Nominees must be under 30, as of 12 February 2018.
  • They must work in the publishing industry within the UK
  • Interns are eligible, but not anyone in full time education


  • Ends – 15 January 2018


For further information, and to request interviews, please contact:

Daniel Freeman or Edwina Boyd-Gibbins

Midas Public Relations

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 2018, the 47th Fair, will take place from 10 – 12 April 2018, 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. For further information, please visit:



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