IPG reveals 2020 Independent Publishing Awards shortlists

The Independent Publishers Guild is delighted to announce the 13 shortlists for this year’s Independent Publishing Awards. They are:

The Paperback shop Trade Publisher of the Year

Atlantic Books, Faber & Faber, Oneworld, Sandstone Press

Blackwell’s Children’s Publisher of the Year

Nosy Crow, Sweet Cherry Publishing, Walker Books, Wonderbly

PLS Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year

Bloomsbury Publishing, Bristol University Press, Edward Elgar Publishing, Emerald Publishing, Kogan Page

Westchester Education Services Education Publisher of the Year

Bloomsbury Publishing, Crown House Publishing, Jolly Learning

IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year

How2Become, Search Press, SPCK, Uni Admissions Books

Nick Robinson Newcomer Award

Boldwood Books, Muswell Press, September Publishing

IPG International Achievement Award

Kogan Page, Nosy Crow, Walker Books

IPG Digital Publishing Award

Barefoot Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, How2Become, Kogan Page

IPG Marketing Award

Atlantic Books, Bristol University Press, Quarto, Usborne Publishing

Alison Morrison Diversity Award

Aurora Metro Books, Barefoot Books, Carcanet Press

IPG Sustainability Award

Cambridge University Press, Lonely Planet, Nosy Crow

The Bookseller Young Independent Publisher of the Year

Vicky Barker, b small publishing; Sarah Head, SPCK; Michela Pea, Nosy Crow

GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award

Compass Independent Publishing Services, Inpress, Suzanne Collier, Virtusales Publishing Solutions

You can read our judges’ comments about each of the nominated companies and individuals here.

The shortlists feature a total of 47 nominations—the most in the 14 years of the Awards—and showcase the work of 32 different companies and four individuals. They range right across the publishing spectrum and combine some of the UK’s longest established publishing names with some of the newest. Three publishers—Bloomsbury, Kogan Page and Nosy Crow—each have three places on the shortlists, while five more—Atlantic Books, Barefoot Books, Bristol University Press, How2Become and Walker Books—have two. 

The IPG would like to thank the sponsors of the 2020 Independent Publishing Awards: Ingram Content Group, supporter of the overall Independent Publisher of the Year Award, Blackwell’s, GBS, Publishers’ Licensing Services, The Bookseller, The Paperback Shop and Westchester Education Services.

We also thank our hard-working judges: Graham Bell, EDItEUR; Nick Clee, BookBrunch; Tim Davies, Westchester Education Services; Lewis Dawson, Bookspeed; Elise Dillsworth, Elise Dillsworth Agency; Vicky Ellis, Clays; Gareth Hardy, Blackwell’s; Carla Herbertson, Zebralution; Ruth Jones, Ingram Content Group; Ross Lewis, Department for International Trade; David Marlin, MetaComet Systems; Paula Owen, consultant; Steve Potter, World of Books; Miles Poynton, consultant; Oliver Rodney, Amazon; Christopher Saynor, EDItEUR; Caroline Summers, The Paperback Shop; and Karina Urquhart, BIC.