Sunday 10 April 2016

The Sunday Post

A rojak* of items that caught my eye this week…

LBF International Excellence Awards 2016: China dominates
As previously reported the London Book Fair (LBF) runs this week from 12 – 14 April. The LBF International Excellence Awards will be presented on 12 April. The awards, eligible to companies whose main work is outside of the UK, celebrate international excellence in the book industry, and cover the whole scope of international publishing, including academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation, and not forgetting book selling and literary festivals. In each award category the judging panel was made up of experts in that sector.  China leads the shortlist with five nominations, and is also sponsoring an award, the China Publishing & Media Journal Educational Learning Resources Award

Jacks Thomas, Director, LBF, said: “Now in their third year, the LBF International Excellence Awards are a one-stop showcase for some fantastic innovation and sheer determination to get books and content into the hands of consumers in a variety of classical and creative ways. Just looking at the shortlists makes me want to shout a big three cheers for the global publishing industry and all who work in it!”

The Chinese nominations are
For the Bookstore of the Year Award, Sanlian Bookhouse
For the Publishers Weekly Literary Translation Initiative Award, Paper Republic
For the SSP Scholarly Kitchen Academic and Professional Publisher Award, Higher Education Press Limited Company
For the Trade Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award, Jieli Publishing House Co. Ltd
For the Market Focus Achievement Award, Market Focus China

The shortlist for the China Publishing & Media Journal Educational Learning Resources Award is:
Kweetet (Belgium)
Cambridge HOTmaths (Australia)
SuperMemo World sp. z o.o. (Poland)
Quirky kid (Australia)

Call for submissions: the inaugural Hong Kong History Book Prize
The Hong Kong History Book Prize is a new award for an unpublished manuscript. Sponsored by the Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund and administered by the Asian Review of Books, the Prize has the short-term objective to catalyse publication of new volumes in the Royal Asiatic Society's series on the history of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, and the longer-term objective of inspiring writers to turn their attention to the region.The winning submission will receive a publication contract plus a HK$5000 advance against royalties or other remuneration. The Sir Lindsay and Lady May Ride Memorial Fund also provides a publication grant to the selected publisher. Submissions are open immediately and will close on 1 August. The inaugural prize will be awarded in November.

Submissions should be made electronically to For eligibility criteria click here.

Seen Elsewhere

Twitter spot 
Each week I make a suggestion of an interesting Twitter account you may like to follow.  This week, the account of Electric lit, a US-based organisation dedicated to keeping books, literature, writing, and fiction a vital part of popular culture worldwide, especially by using technology and digital innovation to do so: @ElectricLit

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