Parliamentary Book Awards 2021 Submission Form

  • Submission form

    The Booksellers Association and Publishers Association's Parliamentary Book Awards is the only book award voted on by parliamentarians. The awards celebrate the very best political writing and the longstanding link between books, politics, and publishing.

    Please read the guidelines and criteria carefully before submitting. You may submit as many times as you wish and there is no cost for submission. If shortlisted, we will request five copies of the shortlisted title to display and gift to parliamentarians at the award ceremony.
  • This form will close at midnight on Friday 19 November.

  • Category guidelines

    There are three categories (listed below). Publishers may submit as many (eligible) books as they wish, but each book may only be entered for one Award.

    1) BEST BIOGRAPHY, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OR MEMOIR BY A PARLIAMENTARIAN This award is intended for a biography (including autobiography and memoir) written by a current or former MP, MSP, AM, MLA, MEP or Member of the House of Lords.

    2) BEST NON-FICTION BOOK BY A PARLIAMENTARIAN This award is intended for a non-fiction book that is written by a current or former MP, MSP, AM, MLA, MEP or Member of the House of Lords.

    3) BEST POLITICAL BOOK BY A NON-PARLIAMENTARIAN This award is intended for any book with political themes, provided they are prominent, written by an author that is not a current or former MP, MSP, AM, MLA, MEP or Member of the House of Lords. This can include biographies of parliamentarians.
  • Eligibility

    1) We regret that we do not accept self-published books, books that are solely published online, anthologies or translations.

    2) Books must have been first published in the UK in hardback or paperback between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

    3) The author can be any nationality and does not need to currently reside in the UK.

    4) Entries can only be accepted from publishers based in the UK and Ireland and will not be accepted direct from authors.

    5) The submission of an author's work by the publisher will be taken as agreement by the author that they are willing for the submitted work to be considered.

    6) Books by parliamentarians must have been written by a current or former MP, MSP, AM, MLA, MEP or Member of the House of Lords.

    7) Political works by non-parliamentarians can include any book with political themes, provided they are prominent.
  • Shortlist and voting

    1) Publishers will nominate their best titles for each category by Friday 19 November 2021. This process is administered by the Publishers Association. Any queries should be forwarded to mail@publishers.org.uk.

    2) The long list of titles nominated by publishers will be shared with a judging panel of booksellers who will meet in December 2021 to decide the shortlist. This process will be administered by the Booksellers Association. The judging panel will represent a cross-section of the bookselling community, both in terms of the market but also in terms of diverse and inclusive representation.

    3) The judging panel will decide the shortlist, which will be shared with parliamentarians in January 2021. Voting will be administered by the Publishers Association. Each parliamentarian can cast one vote per award.

    4) Winners will be announced at an online awards ceremony in March 2021. We expect that all shortlisted authors will be available to take part in any marketing and promotion in relation to the awards ceremony.
  • Your contact details

    Please provide your contact details so we can contact you in the event your title is shortlisted.
  • If relevant, please enter the name of your parent company, rather than division or imprint (e.g. 'Penguin Random House UK' rather than 'Transworld' or 'Penguin Books').
  • Submission

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Please upload an image of the cover. If you do not have a Google Account, you can email your cover art to mail@publishers.org.uk instead. The cover will appear alongside your submission when the longlist is presented to the judging panel. If selected, it will also appear in any marketing and promotion for the shortlist and winners.
  • Please provide a short (500 character) description of the book and why it deserves to win.
  • Please check grammar, punctuation, and spelling before submitting!