The winners of the third annual Trailblazer Awards were announced by The London Book Fair last night at an inspiring evening at the Groucho Club, London.
Celebrating young talent under the age of 30 in publishing, the winners of the 2018 Trailblazer Awards are:
- Abiola Bello, The Author School and Hashtag Press
- Anna Cunnane, Abrams & Chronicle Book ltd
- Katie Seaman, Ebury Press
- Natalie Shaw, Granta
- Phoebe Morgan, HarperCollins
Jack Butler, Amazon Publishing, also received a special mention from the judges.
The Trailblazer Awards are run by The London Book Fair, in partnership with the Publishers Association, supported by the Society of Young Publishers and BookBrunch, and sponsored by The Publishing Training Centre.
Sian Cain, Online Books Editor at the Guardian, presented the awards, with celebrated author, Lucy Foley, and LBF Director, Jacks Thomas, delivering speeches.
Each of the winners was presented with their award by one of the judging panel including: Neill Denny, Editor at BookBrunch, Alice Geary, Chair at SYP, Emma House, Deputy Director at the Publishers Association, Peter McKay, CEO at The Publishing Training Centre, and Katie Morris, Event Manager at The London Book Fair.
Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, commented: “Each of this year’s winners have truly blazed a trail for others to follow, from bringing fresh ideas to digital marketing and data, to founding initiatives that bring publishers closer together, to launching their own companies. They have each already helped to shape the future of our industry.”
The five winners will each receive:
- A six-month membership to the Groucho Club
- A one-year subscription to BookBrunch
- VIP entry to The London Book Fair, and access to The Club at the Ivy’s LBF pop-up
- Free entry to the Quantum Conference 2018
- An invitation to join the PA and LBF at a Book Society Dinner (date TBC)