Q4 and Annual Awards 2018
The deadline for the Q4 and Annual Awards has now passed. The shortlist will be announced shortly, with the winners announced at the annual awards dinner in February.
Q4 Awards Winner
We now have the winner of the final quarterly award of 2018 for book published in September, October and November. Alice O’Keefe from The Bookseller was the quarterly judge.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that the winners are:
Maura Wilding and Harriet Venn for Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies
Comment from Alice: ‘This was an expertly conceived and managed big budget campaign which targeted the Gen Z readership who are almost impossible to reach through traditional channels. It also demonstrated the publicists’ flexibility in their quick-thinking reaction to a major obstacle (when a certain person decided he didn’t like the Top Shop pop-up) and their ability to effectively turn this upset into even more publicity. Very impressive!’
Alice Hill and Naomi Cooper for My Mum Tracey Beaker
Louise Court with Lucie Cuthertson Twiggs for The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker).
Fran Owen and Sophie Mitchell for their campaign for The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson (Chatto & Windus)
Naomi Mantin for Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene (4th Estate)
Naomi, Louise, Lucie, Fran, Sophie Harriet and Marua have been added straight to the shortlist for the annual awards which will be judged in January. Quarterly winners do not need to resubmit their campaigns for the annuals.
Quarterly Awards info
Q1 – for titles published in December, January, February – winner announced.
Q2 – for titles published in March, April, May – winner announced.
Q3 – for titles published in June, July, August – winner announced.
Q4 – for titles published in September, October, November – deadline is Friday 14th December.
The PPC Awards 2017 took place in London on Monday 5th February, and are presented to the publicists responsible for the best PR campaigns from 2017.
The panel of judges this year were chaired by Steven Cooper at Waterstones, alongside Andy Quinn from Foyles, Alice O’Keeffe from The Bookseller, Stuart Evers from Netgalley, Jo Shaw from Nielsen and Karen McPherson from The Reading Agency.
Hannah Ross, Publicity Director at Profile and Chair of the PPC, says: ‘Each year the campaigns submitted to the annual awards seem to get even more creative, imaginative and standout, and this year they did that again and more. The PPC committee had a tough job just shortlisting for each category from so many outstanding entries, so I know the judges had their work cut out selecting just one winner for each category. Huge congratulations to all the winners, no mean feat with such fierce competition.’
Ross now steps down and Veronique Norton, Publicity Director at Hodder, will become chair for 2018 and Sophie Calder, Publicity Director at HQ Harper Collins, her deputy.
Steven Cooper, Chair of the judges, said: ‘Judging this year’s PPC Award has been a fascinating experience though it has been a challenge to choose winners from such a stellar line-up of shortlisted campaigns. Publicists are some of the most hardworking, resourceful and resilient people in publishing, who put so much time and care into getting their books. It has been a real honour to be able to celebrate and applaud all of their efforts this evening.’
THE WATERSTONES HARDBACK FICTION AWARD
He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly – Louise Swannell, Hodder & Stoughton
**Commended – Katie Brown for Tin Man
THE AWARD FOR HARDBACK NON-FICTION SPONSORED BY BOOKS ARE MY BAG
This is Going to Hurt: The Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay – Dusty Miller, Pan Macmillan
THE TIMES & THE SUNDAY TIMES CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT CAMPAIGN
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – Rebecca Thorne, Bloomsbury
THE LONDON BOOK FAIR AWARD FOR HARDBACK CELEBRITY
How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb – Anna Frame and Jenny Fry, Canongate
The Cookery Book Award, sponsored by Foyles
How to Eat Better: How to Shop, Store & Cook to Make Any Food a ‘Superfood by James Wong – Karen Baker and Matthew Grindon, Octopus Publishing Group
THE EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD FOR LIFESTYLE, GIFT & HUMOUR
A Poem for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri – Maura Wilding, Liz Hyder, Beatrice Cross, Macmillan Children’s Books and Maura PR & Communications
THE YALC AWARD FOR BEST YA CAMPAIGN
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Rosi Crawley and Emma Draude, Walker Books and EDPR
THE CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD SPONSORED BY THE DAILY MAIL
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman – Katy MacMillan-Scott, Laura Curtis, Adele Minchin, Alice Broderick and Harriet Venn, Penguin Random House Children’s and Riot Communications
**Commended – Rebecca Logan for The Wizards of Once.
THE NETGALLEY AWARD FOR A GENERIC CAMPAIGN
Rebus 30 (Ian Rankin) – Angela McMahon, Flow Communications for Orion
BEST SPORTS BOOK CAMPAIGN, SPONSORED BY THE SUN
How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey – Polly Osborn, Harper Non-Fiction
THE BOOKSELLER AWARD FOR PAPERBACK ORIGINAL CAMPAIGN: FICTION OR NON-FICTION
The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner – Kate Bland, Oneworld
THE MO SIEWCHARRAN AWARD FOR ACADEMIC CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR: SPONSORED BY NIELSEN
Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire by Carol Dyhouse – Chloe Foster, Oxford University Press
BEST NEWCOMER AWARD, SPONSORED BY JO JAMES
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong – Mia Quibell-Smith, Vintage
PPC Journalist/ Events Manager/ Librarian of the Year
PPC members were also asked to vote for a Librarian, Events manager and Journalist of the year. The winners are as follows:
Journalist of the year: Natasha Lunn, Red magazine
Events manager of the Year: Elizabeth Morris, Waterstones Gower Street
Librarian of the year: Dionne Hood of Bradford Libraries and Helen Eddon of Gateshead Libraries