The Bookseller, organisers of the British Book Awards, has unveiled its 10 Small Press of the Year winners, including Hertfordshire-based SRL Publishing winning for the second year running, each hailed for “out-competing their bigger brethren.”
Selected by the judges from 48 finalists announced last month, the award, sponsored by CPI Books and in its fifth year, celebrates the independent publishers delivering diverse, innovative, and risk-taking publishing.
Climate positive publisher SRL Publishing won in the East England region for a second year in a row, being their fourth consecutive year shortlisted. Offsetting emissions by more than 100% and planting a dozen trees for every one used are just two examples set by the publisher, and while they come at a financial cost, sales more than trebled last year.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, and chair of judges for The British Book Awards, said: “We are delighted by the 10 Small Press winners, selected for their excellence, their vision, and their tenaciousness. It is often said that independent publishers are doing the heavy-lifting for the bigger publishers, discovering new authors and finding new routes to customers.”
The 10 winners will now contest for the overall Small Press of the Year to be announced at the British Book Awards on 15th May. That winner will also vie to be crowned Independent Publisher of the Year