We were so excited to welcome Jessica Fostekew to host the PPA Independent Publisher Awards 2019!

Jessica Fostekew is a comedian whose latest show Hench has just opened at Soho Theatre and was nominated for the 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Award. She is also co-host of The Guilty Feminist and creator of new chart-topper The Hoovering Podcast (recommended in the Guardian and The Independent).

As an actor, Jessica has recently been a guest lead in Cuckoo (BBC/ Netflix), Motherland and BAFTA multiple-award winning BBC drama Three Girls. She’s also appearing in forthcoming feature films Official Secrets from Gavin Hood and Greed from Michael Winterbottom. Lastly, Jess is a writer and has written for major UK shows such as Cats Does Countdown and Mock The Week.


  • Pulled Duck and Apple Salad with Cabernet Sauvignon Cherry Gel
  • Squash & Beluga Lentils in Rice Paper Wraps, with Mango & Chilli Dressing (v)
  • Herb-Crusted Lamb Rump, Maris Piper Purée, Medley of Vegetables & a Redcurrant Reduction
  • Ratatouille of Mediterranean Vegetables, Halloumi, Roasted Cauliflower & Sunflower Pesto (v)
  • Honey Vanilla Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Gel & Toasted Coconut
  • Tea/Coffee and Petits Fours

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The PPA Independent Publisher Awards celebrate the dynamic creative contribution and entrepreneurial spirit of the UK's independent publishing community – and they are now officially open for entry.

We want to reward your achievements over the past 12 months, and there are a total of 21 categories to enter for publications, websites, brands, and individuals within publishing companies, all with a turnover of up to £10 million.

The winners were announced at a suitably glittering lunchtime awards ceremony which followed the PPA Independent Publisher Conference on Friday November 8 at etc.venues 133 Houndsditch.


The judges are given the exact same criteria as the entrants, so take some time to understand the principles on which entries to the category will be assessed. Try to include as much evidence of how you meet them as possible.

Awards entries should be an investment, not an afterthought. A rushed, last-minute entry often results in key details being missed out. Avoid the deadline stress by starting your entries early and planning in advance.

When telling your story, remember to make it as compelling a read as possible. Judges often have to wade through numerous entries, so make sure yours stands out for all the right reasons. Recognise that there’s a human at the other end who will appreciate a good story. No one wants to read your business plan. They want to get to know you.

Be as open and explicit with your commercial figures as possible. The judges will assume it wasn’t commercially successful if this information isn’t included in the entry.

This is your shop window, and opportunity to engage the judges and take them inside your entry. The supporting materials enable you to expand on the success of your project, so choose wisely! Uploads can be in a wide range of file-types, but if you wish to upload a large video the best way to do so is to upload to a host (Vimeo, Dropbox, YouTube, etc) and put the link into an uploaded word document.

Ensure your submission is tightly focused on the period covered by the criteria. You can use previous years for context, but please tell us as much as you can about achievements in this specific period.

There is no need to be shy about your achievements or nervous that others may not appreciate them. The competition is fierce, so if you are proud of what you have achieved, say so!

Judges like to see evidence of companies’ enthusiasm and care for what they do. If you enjoy what you do, convey it in your entry. Get someone who is genuinely passionate about the brand to write it.

Don't be put off if you entered before and did not win. Try, try, and try again.

We are always very happy to answer any queries you may have about the Awards, to suggest which categories might be appropriate for you to enter, and to alleviate any concerns you may have. Please look at our contact page for more details.