About our Awards


What are the IPG Independent Publishing Awards?
The Independent Publishing Awards are the UK’s biggest annual celebration of independent publishing. They are run by the IPG with the support of various valued sponsors, and reward outstanding achievement in different sectors and aspects of publishing. The IPG launched the Independent Publishing Awards in 2007, and they will next be presented in April 2020.

Why should I enter?

An IPG Independent Publishing Award is one of the most significant recognitions of success that an independent publisher can achieve. Previous winners tell us that securing an Award or a place on a shortlist has brought huge prestige and benefits. Among many other things, it provides a real feel-good factor for staff, authors and everyone associated with a company, validates publishers’ work, opens up new opportunities and raises their profile in the industry.

However far you get in the Awards, simply submitting an entry is a valuable process. It gives you the chance to pause from your busy everyday work to reflect on your past achievements and your future goals. We make the submission process as straightforward as possible, so entering takes very little of your time. It may provide benefits that last years.

All of the IPG awards that we’ve won over the past few years have been of immense value to our business. It’s hard to overstate how important it’s been for us to have this recognition from the IPG—the awards are really great at getting anyone to take a bit more notice, and when you’re a small publisher competing against huge corporations, that extra attention is invaluable. Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow

Which Awards can I enter?
We have 12 different Awards to enter, and there is bound to be at least one category to suit your business—and often more.

Five of the 12 categories are Publisher of the Year Awards. These cover the different fields of publishing in which IPG members work: Trade, Academic & Professional, Children’s, Education and Specialist Consumer. Other Awards recognise achievement in particular areas, including international activity, digital publishing, marketing, sustainability and diversity. We have another category for newcomers to publishing, and one for the rising stars of publishers’ teams.

The full list of IPG Independent Publishing Awards is as follows:

  • Trade Publisher of the Year
  • Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year
  • Children’s Publisher of the Year
  • Education Publisher of the Year
  • Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year
  • Newcomer Award
  • International Achievement Award
  • Digital Publishing Award
  • Marketing Award
  • Sustainability Award
  • Diversity Award
  • Young Independent Publisher of the Year

There is another Award for which no entries are needed: the overall Independent Publisher of the Year. This is our flagship Award and is chosen from a shortlist made up of our five Publisher of the Year category winners.

We also invite nominations for a final category: the GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award. This recognises the dedicated support of independent publishers that is made by companies and individuals.

Both the Awards process and the Award itself have been a real morale booster for the whole team. To begin with, we were pleasantly surprised at how useful the application process itself was. It gave us a chance to take stock and reflect on what we had done so far and where we want to go next. We found this really helpful. Then actually getting the Award has really put a smile on all our faces! Mark Wendon, Letterland

Who can enter?
The Awards are open to all members of the Independent Publishers Guild based in the UK and Ireland. If you would like to discuss joining the IPG before entering, please call 01437 563335 or email info@independentpublishersguild.com.

What does it cost to enter?
The Awards are completely free.