Since the last edition of PA's PR, the PA has been preparing for Academic Book Week, the Bookseller has said it will hold a unified British Book Awards event for books and the trade for the first time since 2004, and World Book Day has launched a children's illustration competition to design a new National Book Token. Meanwhile the Reading Agency is launching a Reading Well list for long-term health conditions and submissions for the Kim Scott Walwyn prize and the Man Booker Prize are now open.
PA & INDUSTRY NEWS
Academic Book Week
The PA has been preparing for Academic Book Week, and will use the week to highlight the role of academic book publishers and to promote career opportunities in academic publishing. Look out for activity on our Twitterfeed and blog. Highlights of the week include a debate hosted by the London Book Fair on the next chapter for academic publishing and an event by the Booksellers Association on the Teacher Excellence Framework. Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge University Press and UCL Press are among the publishers hosting events. Register your place at an event here, or email if you want to organise an event.
The British Book Awards
The Bookseller will run a unified trade and book awards event for the first time since the British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, split into two separate events in 2004. The Bookseller hascombined the two awards after it acquired the British Book Awards from the estate of Publishing News founder and editor Fred Newman. The 2017 ceremony will include additional book awards, splitting Crime and Thriller into two separate categories and splitting Non-Fiction into Narrative and Lifestyle. Submissions are now open until 10 February. The awards will be presented on 8 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
World Book Day competition
World Book Day has launched a children's illustration competition, which asks children and teenagers to design a new National Book Token to mark WBD's 20th anniversary. Winners will be picked from three age categories - 8-years-old and under, 9-12 and 13-16 years. The winner of each category will win £200 worth of National Book Tokens for themselves, £200 for their teachers and £500 for their school. The overall winner will have their artwork turned into a book token. The winning design will also be displayed in an online gallery alongside illustrations from artists including Chris Riddell and Emily Gravett.
New Reading Well list
Following the success of the three existing Reading Well lists, The Reading Agency is planning on launching a Reading Well list for long-term health conditions in July 2017. The list will be targeted at adults aged 18+ and will provide both condition-specific and general information and advice on living with a long-term condition. The range of books being considered includes information-based non-fiction, self-help, fiction, memoir and graphic novels. The call out for submissions is open until 20 January 2017. Find more information here. Please contact Rosie Walworth if you have any questions.
Kim Scott Walwyn prize returns
The Kim Scott Walwyn prize, which celebrates exceptional female talent and promise in publishing, is back in 2017 after taking a break last year. The prize is now open for submissions and is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years. The prize can be entered either via nomination or through self-submission. The deadline for nominations is Friday 27 January at 5pm and for self-submissions is Friday 10 February at 5pm. Those who were eligible for the prize in 2016 will still remain eligible in 2017. Entry forms can be found online here.
Man Booker Prize nominations open
The Man Booker Prize 2017 is now open for submissions from publishers. Completed entry forms must be sent to Four Colman Getty by Friday 10 March 2017. The number of novels an eligible publisher will be able to submit depends on how many of their previous novels have been included in longlists in 2012 to 2016. The full rules and entry form can be seen here. This year's judging panel is chaired by Baroness Lola Young and includes literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Sarah Hall, artist Tom Phillips and the travel writer Colin Thubron. The longlist will be revealed in July.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Defending Freedom of Expression, 19 January 2017, London
Effective management of Rights: Driving revenue and improving workflow, 23 January 2017, Online
Academic Book Week Events, 23 - 28 January 2017
Introduction to Collective Licensing, 2 February 2017, London
Rewriting and Substantive Editing, 2 February 2017, London
Best practices in Editor-in-Chief Recruitment, 9 February 2017, online
Outsourcing uncovered: Managing, inspiring and evaluating your out-of-house workforce, 15 February 2017, London