The 2016 Young Stationers' Prize has been awarded to Ella Kahn and Bryony Woods, the founders of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. The winners are also former Society of Young Publishers committee members -- Ella Kahn was Chair and Bryony Woods was Student Liaison Officer in 2011.
In her announcement of the award on 19 July, Sue Pandit, Court Assistant and Chair of the Judging Panel, recognized the quality of entries for this year’s award and the challenges faced by the judging panel in selecting the winner.
Ella and Bryony co-founded the Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency in 2012, when they were both in their mid-twenties. Their business was built from scratch with no investment and no client list. They taught themselves the practicalities of running a business, from tax and accounting to setting up a website. They have now signed over 40 authors and have sold over 40 titles to major publishers in the UK and abroad. Their client list spans children’s fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction - with a number of prize-winning authors. They are passionate about searching for new and diverse writing talent from writers of all backgrounds. Both advocate for young people seeking careers in publishing.
The Stationers' Company is the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content industries. The Company’s mission is to be the most effective independent forum in the UK Communications and Content industries, actively contributing to the strategic development, success and education of these industries. The majority of our members work in or supply the paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspaper, broadcasting and online media industries.