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 20 categories to enter for publications, websites, brands, and individuals within publishing companies, all with a turnover of up to £10 million.
The deadline for entries is end of play Friday September 6.
The eligibility period for entries is between August 1 2018 to July 31 2019.
The cost to enter is just £70 + VAT per entry (or 5 entries for the price of 3) for PPA members, and £140 + VAT per entry for non-members.
To receive the member discount, enter the code 'IPMEMBER' at the final stage of checkout.
The shortlists will be revealed on Wednesday October 2.
The winners will be announced at a suitably glittering lunchtime awards ceremony following this year's PPA Independent Publisher Conference on Friday November 8 at etc.venues 133 Houndsditch.
Good luck, and be sure to take a look at the 10 Top Tips below for some useful advice on writing your entries!
1. READ THE CRITERIA CAREFULLY
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.
2. START EARLY
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.
3. TELL A GOOD STORY
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.
4. INCLUDE FIGURES
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.
5. CHOOSE YOUR SUPPORTING MATERIALS WISELY
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.
6. THINK ABOUT THE YEAR IN QUESTION
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.
7. DON'T BE MODEST
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!
8. SHARE YOUR PASSION
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.
9. AND IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...
Don't be put off if you entered before and did not win. Try, try, and try again.