Comma shortlisted as regional finalist at British Book Awards for third year running

Today we woke up to the happy news that we have been shortlisted for Small Press of the Year at The British Book Awards for the third-year running! At the 2020 Awards we won Small Press of the Year for the North of England and the overall winner was Jacaranda Books. 

This year we are once again a Regional Finalist for the North of England, alongside our fellow Northern indies Bluemoose, Saraband and Carcanet. 44 small presses in total have been shortlisted across the UK. 

The British Book Awards’ prize for small presses, sponsored by the CPI Group, celebrates the innovative and nimble publishers making names for themselves outside the mainstream. Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and chair of the judges for the British Book Awards, said: “After a year like no other, the shortlist shows the strength, breadth and durability of small press publishing across the United Kingdom and Ireland. These businesses, all of them with sales under £2m and many much smaller, fended off bookshops closures, the loss of author events, and the national lockdowns to deliver an incredible set of results with book sales up, diverse publishing on the rise, and new business opportunities taken.

The regional and county winners of the Small Press of the Year award will be announced on 17th March; the overall winner will be revealed during the online British Book Awards ceremony which this year will take place on 13th May.

Read the announcement in The Bookseller