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Submissions for the 2019 Parliamentary Book Awards are now open

Submissions for the 2019 Parliamentary Book Awards are now open

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Submissions for the 2019 Parliamentary Book Awards are now open:

Publishers are invited to nominate books and authors for this year’s awards under the following categories:

  • Best Memoir or Biography by a Parliamentarian
  • Best Non-Biographical Book by a Parliamentarian
  • Best Political Book by a non-Parliamentarian

Booksellers will then be invited to select a shortlist in each category, and parliamentarians will be invited to vote on the winners from November. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in the House of Commons on Wednesday 26th February 2020 (please note the date has changed from Wednesday 4th December 2019) to which you are all invited.

Launched by the Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association in 2016, the awards aim to celebrate the best of political writing and the long-standing link between politics, books, and publishing, and is the only book award curated by bookshops and voted on by parliamentarians.

Please use this form to submit as many awards as you wish to, and feel free to share this email widely within your company to encourage relevant divisions/imprints to submit. There is no cost for submission. Closing date Tuesday 15th October. 


Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs, the Publishers Association 

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About the Publishers Association

The Publishers Association (the PA) represents book, journal, audio and digital publishers in the UK, spanning fiction and non-fiction, academic and education publishing. UK publishing has a turnover of £5.7bn, with export income accounting for 60% of revenues. Our membership includes global companies such as Elsevier, Wiley, Pearson, Penguin Random House, Hachette and the University presses, as well as many independent publishing houses. Our objective as an association is to provide our members with the influence, insight and support necessary to compete and prosper.

About The Booksellers Association

The Booksellers Association is a membership organization for all booksellers in the UK & Ireland. It represents over 95% of specialist booksellers selling new books. The BA exists to support, advise and work with its members to create excellent products for booksellers. These range from National Book Tokens, a gift card which drives footfall and keeps gift spending in the book trade; Batch, the award-winning payments service, which saves time, money and hassle when settling invoices and organising returns; a full range of money-saving affinity deals; a free Business Support Helpline; and a whole range of tailored promotional campaign work, including Bookshop Day, Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, World Book Day, the Christmas Books catalogue and Independent Bookshop Week.