2021 ABIA Business Awards are NOW OPEN!

4 Feb 2021
Publishing professionals and booksellers can now submit nominations in the following categories:

Publisher of the Year
Small Publisher of the Year
Book Retailer of the Year
Bookshop of the Year
Rising Star of the Year

Booksellers – Nominating is FREE for the Bookshop of the Year. Now, we know it’s a bit weird nominating yourself. But you (and your staff!) work very hard getting books into the hands of readers and we want to celebrate your team. Nominate your bookshop. Or a Rising Star in your team!

Book Retailer of the Year – Call out for book retail chains, discount department stores, online retailers and other retailers successfully selling books as part of a larger range of products – we need you (to nominate and celebrate your work as part of ABIA 2021)!Publishers – Don’t think twice! Nominate yourself in the appropriate Publisher of the Year category. Join the likes of Allen and Unwin and Magabala Books — winners of the 2020 Publisher of the Year awards. 

Publishing Managers – Who of your staff in the first ten years of their publishing career deserve accolades? Who do you know is a future leader of the industry? Nominate them in the Rising Star Awards.

Start your submission here or check out the details below for categories and more information on how to enter. 

ABIA Business Award submissions close at 11:59pm on Tuesday 1 March (AEDT). Happy nominating! If you have any queries email the ABIA team!


Also tickets are now on sale! Buy them here.

Award Categories, Descriptions and Sample forms 

Publisher of the Year
This is an award for the Australian publisher with a turnover of more than $10 million whose publishing programme (including sales, promotion, editorial and production) demonstrated excellence, commensurate with the publisher’s size, for the period January to December 2020, and which contributed to the success of the industry. Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

Small Publisher of the Year
This is an award for the Australian publisher with a turnover of less than $10 million whose publishing programme (including sales, promotion, editorial and production) demonstrated excellence, commensurate with the publisher’s size, for the period January to December 2020, and which has contributed to the overall success of the industry.
Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

Book Retailer of the Year
This is an award for the Australian company or group of companies or retailers that has best demonstrated excellence and contributed to the overall success of the industry during the course of the year January to December 2020.This award is open only to Australian-registered national retailers, including: book retail chains, discount department stores, online retailers and other retailers successfully selling books as part of a larger range of products.
Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

Bookshop of the Year
This is an award for an individual physical bookshop in Australia that has demonstrated excellence over the course of the 2020 calendar year. The bookshop may be part of a larger chain, but this award is for an individual store as listed on the entry form.
Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

Rising Star of the Year
This award recognises emerging talent in the Australian publishing industry, whose individual record reflects ongoing excellence and growth in contribution to their profession. The nominee must be currently working in the Australian publishing industry, and have been part of the industry for less than 10 years as of 31 December 2020. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

ABIA Business Awards open 4 February and close 1 March 2020.

2019 Hall of Fame Awards Announced

18 Apr 2019

Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award, the Pixie O’Harris Award & the Rising Star Award

 

The Australian Publishers Association is delighted to announce the following industry Hall of Fame awards: the Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award, which recognises outstanding service to the Australian Book Industry by an individual from within its ranks; the Pixie O’Harris Award for consistent contribution to children’s literature; and the Rising Star Award, which recognises emerging talent in the Australian publishing industry. For more information on the awards and the winners, see below.

Without further ado, this year’s winners are as follows:

 

Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award

Congratulations – Richard Walsh 

This award recognises outstanding service to the Australian Book Industry by an individual from within its ranks, including publishers, booksellers, authors and other industry representatives with exceptional long service to the industry.

Lloyd O’Neil was a pioneer of Australian publishing, beginning his career as a bookseller and becoming an insightful and talented publisher, printing popular mass market titles that captured the mood of the nation and developing hugely successful educational and travel lists.

On receipt of the award, Richard said:

“I’m delighted to be the recipient of this year’s Lloyd O’Neil Award. As it happens, I knew Lloyd, he was a mentor of mine in my younger years and he was a fantastic, publishing guy and I loved him dearly.”

Patrick Gallagher, Chairman of Allen & Unwin, said:

“Richard Walsh has been a major figure in Australian publishing since 1972 when he became Managing Director of Angus & Robertson, then Australia’s leading independent publisher. Over his fourteen years there A&R published numerous classics of Australian writing, with authors including Frank Moorhouse, Christina Stead, Colleen McCullough, Laurie Oakes and Emily Rodda. In 1986 Richard became President of the ABPA (now APA). After his departure from Angus & Roberson to head APC magazines he maintained his publishing links through ACP’s acquisition of Greenhouse Publications. He has been a Director of the National Book Council and a Board Member of the Copyright Agency. In 2001 Richard took on the role of Consultant Publisher with Allen & Unwin, and has published a steady stream of successful authors, including Dick Smith, Sophie Laguna, Wendy Harmer, Tony Jones and Holly Throsby. He’s also an author, with nine books to his name.”

 

Pixie O’Harris Award

Congratulations – Kathy Kozlowski 

The Pixie O’Harris Award recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry representatives who have worked consistently in the field of children’s literature, demonstrated commitment beyond the call of duty, and who have developed a reputation for their contribution to the children’s book sector.

It is named in honour of children’s book author and illustrator, Pixie O’Harris (1903 – 1991), who had a longstanding career in publishing and painted many murals in hospital wards, health centres and schools.

Kathy had this to say:

“I’m pleased and honoured to receive the Pixie O’Harris Award and do so on behalf of children’s specialist booksellers everywhere. We share a passion for bringing children and stories together.”

Angela Crocombe, Manager of Readings Kids bookstore in Carlton, where Kathy works, nominated Kathy for the award:

“Kathy is an amazing woman and amazing bookseller. She’s been in the industry more than 50 years where she’s been a bookseller, a rep, a volunteer for the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and she’s also an ad hoc advisor to authors such as ABIA winner Zana Fraillon who speaks very highly of her. The work she does on the floor of the bookshop is so valued by customers of varying ages and backgrounds. What she does is put into their hands books that she loves and  thinks they will love. She’s wise but she’s not didactic. After all these years she’s still open to new ideas and approaches. She’s an absolute star and when she retires we don’t know what we’ll do without her.”

 

Rising Star Award – Proudly sponsored by McPherson’s

Congratulations – Ella Chapman 

The Rising Star award recognises emerging talent in the Australian book industry whose record reflects ongoing excellence and growth in contribution to their profession. They must be currently working in the Australian book industry, and have been part of the industry for no more than 10 years.

Rising Stars are considered for their: enthusiasm, reliability and integrity; ability to take initiative, solve problems and provide solutions; ability to work effectively as part of a team, and to provide team leadership; and key contributions made in their role and/or in the wider industry.

Ella Chapman is the Head of Marketing Communications at Hachette Australia. She has worked at independent and conglomerate publishing houses in Sydney and London. She studied Publishing and English at Loughborough University and began her career as a Publishing and Events Assistant. In 2018, Ella was on the Australian Reading Hour committee and was a judge at the B&T Media Awards.

The Rising Star of the Publishing Industry had this to say on hearing the news:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be awarded the 2019 Rising Star. To be recognised for my work in an industry that I’m so passionate about is the biggest compliment. The other nominees are all incredibly talented and it was lovely to see my name alongside theirs. There have been a lot of people who have been generous with their time, expertise and guidance throughout my career and I’m grateful that I’ve been able to learn so much from them all. The Australian publishing industry has a wealth of talented people working within it and I’m constantly impressed by the creative, forward-thinking and world-class books that are published here. It has been a privilege to be able to work in Australian publishing. Like any person in publishing I’ve always found a deep joy in reading. To be able to carve out a career that’s rooted in books and then to be able to lead and work with a team of people who share that passion and drive to bring our books to a local and global audience is almost unbelievable to me. I hope that I can continue to find more innovative and industry-leading ways to promote books. Thank you very much for giving me this award.”

Richard Walsh, Kathy Kozlowski and Ella Chapman are available for interview.

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Brendan Fredericks | BFredericksPR | 0403 265 337 | brendan@bfrederickspr.com