What is The People’s Book Prize?
The People’s Book Prize is the unique
literary competition that is judged by the
nation and open to all UK publishing
companies. Patrons Frederick Forsyth and The
Publishers Association. Founding Patron:
Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE.
Why was The People’s Book Prize
- to give authors a better chance of
- to create a unique space where
publishers can showcase their authors'
- to give the British public the
opportunity to choose Britain's next
Bestsellers and discover new talent
- to support libraries and encourage
- to celebrate reading
- to get people reading: anybody and
everybody can be part of the People's
Book Prize and take an active role
champion new authors and showcase new
and undiscovered works.
- To secure a transparent democratic
process, empowering the public to vote
with confidence for the nation’s next
bestsellers and writers of tomorrow.
- To engage the community and raise
the profile of publishers,
libraries and new writers, forming an
alliance with retailers to sell and
distribute winners’ books.
- To support literacy within schools
and by working with The People’s Book
Prize writers to visit schools and
conduct community workshops within
libraries and bookshops.
- To foster a love of reading and
inspire the next generation of Britain’s
best untapped writing talent.
- To invest in a writing competition
across three age groups.
- To eradicate illiteracy. The Special
Achievement Award 2011 recognised this
and demonstrates how The Prize can make
How are the books chosen?
Every three months publishers are asked to
enter one title in each of the three
categories, fiction, non-fiction and
children’s books for the Summer, Autumn,
Winter and Spring Collections.
Can I submit my book?
Only registered publishers can submit
How many collections of books in a
from 1 June to 20 May
collection from 1 June 'till 31 August
collection from 1 September 'till 30
Collection from 1 December 'till 28 February
collection from 1 March 'till
How does it work?
TPBP website lists three-months’ chosen
titles, registers people’s votes, monitors
which books are winning the public’s votes
and links to the different websites.
Seasonal voting takes place
across 3 categories each quarter.
Members of the
public can vote once in each of the three
categories per calendar quarter.
Top three books x 3 categories x 4 quarters
= 36 finalists.
The votes received by the 36 finalists
are carried forward and the public vote
again from 21 May 2012 to 29 May 2013
The 4 winners are announced at the Award
Ceremony on 29 May 2013 at Stationers Hall
click here to see video
- Fiction |
Non-Fiction | Children's Literature (voted
for exclusively by the public)
- The Beryl
Bainbridge Award for a First Time Author
(from the 36 finalists - voted for
exclusively by the public)
Achievement Award (from the 36 finalists -
voted for exclusively by the public -
Once you have registered on line...
Voting for the New collection:
To vote for the new collection:
Summer - June/July/August (finishes
31st Aug ) and
subsequently for future collections (see
above), follow the following procedure:
- Click on the category of your choice:
fiction, non-fiction, children’s
- Click on the book cover
of your choice
- You can vote for three different books in
each category during each period
- One book from fiction, one from
non-fiction and one from children's (3 in a
season - Summer etc) You cannot vote for the
same book twice - it will be rejected
Browse all previous collections:
You can read about past
featured titles, comment, borrow and/or buy
these books. However, you can no longer
vote for the titles featured in the past
Do you provide POS?
Yes. The quarterly collection is
accompanied by free point of sale material.
If you wish to download TPBP A4 poster.
Who chooses the winners?
the public will vote for their favourite
books on this website or at their local
library. There will be no other judges
involved in the selection of winners. TPBP
has no judges.
How many times can I vote for a book?
For the quarterly collections: You can
vote for three different books in each
category but you cannot vote for the same
book twice - it will be rejected
For the overall winners: You can vote
for one different book in each category
Why is The People’s Book Prize unique?
This is a project in which EVERYBODY can get
involved, and where all gain something.
Join and help spread the word so The
People’s Book Prize becomes the No. 1 Book
competition in Britain!
In the words of our Founding Patron, Dame
Beryl Bainbridge DBE “I look forward to
the time when we mention this particular
prize as the greatest”.