The London Book Fair to recognise publishing talent under 30 with the Trailblazer Awards, supported by SYP

The London Book Fair to recognise publishing talent under 30 with the Trailblazer Awards, supported by SYP

Friday 20 November: The London Book Fair is launching the new Trailblazer Awards at the Society of Young Publishers annual conference in Oxford (#SYPConf15). The Awards will celebrate publishing professionals under the age of 30 who are demonstrating innovation and ambition in the book industry.

The Awards will recognise people who are ’roaring through their 20s’ – entry is open to anyone under 30 (as of 12 April 2016) who is making waves in the book world.

As well as being honoured at a special celebration in January, hosted jointly with SYP, winners will win VIP entry to The London Book Fair, including exclusive access to The Club at the Ivy’s LBF pop-up and inclusion in the overall LBF International Excellence Awards.

How to enter:

Entrants can either nominate themselves or be submitted by a friend, peer or colleague. Initially LBF will ask people to submit a short description of why they should win in no more than 50 words via the LBF

All eligible applicants will then be contacted by the LBF team and invited to submit a video (no longer than 60 seconds) or written entry demonstrating why they should win the award. The entries will then be collated and reviewed by the judging panel.


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 April 2016 They must work in the publishing industry within the UK Interns are eligible, but not anyone in full time education.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair said: “Publishing is an industry that has always attracted clever, creative and committed people. Now, in an age of change and transformation, the talent of the younger generation of publishers has never been more relevant. At LBF, we have always worked hard to recognise young people who are making a difference in publishing and include them within LBF seminars and industry events. It is great now to go a step further and to recognise the trailblazers in our industry.”

Anna Cunnane, Chair of the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) said: “The Trailblazer Awards are a great initiative to support and reward young people in publishing and we’re thrilled to be involved.”

The London Book Fair will host a special celebration in January 2016 when the ten winners of the Trailblazer Awards will be announced.

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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:

SYP Conference, 21st November – Publishing: A Thoroughly Modern Business.
Location: John Henry Brookes Building, Gipsy Lane, Oxford Brookes University

The SYP is open to everyone, and hopes to help those with less than 10 years’ experience in the industry. The SYP Conference, held this year in Oxford is one of the highlights of the publishing calendar. It is a fantastic opportunity to network, hear from like-minded people and gather inspiration and tips on how to progress in the industry.

For further information please visit:

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