Awards and Projects


Launched in 2016, The Trailblazer Awards are powered by The London Book Fair in partnership with the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and BookBrunch and sponsored by The Publishing Training Centre. Announced every January, these awards celebrate the next generation of the UK publishing industry; those ‘roaring through their 20s’.


Founded in 2003, the Prize honours the life and career of Kim Scott Walwyn – who was Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and who died in 2002 – and celebrates exceptional women in publishing. Run in partnership with the SYP and the Publishing Training Centre (PTC), the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize is awarded every May to a woman in the first 7 years of her career who is acting ‘above and beyond’. The winner receives £1000 prize and a PTC course of their choice. The runner up will also receive a course place.


The Rising Star Awards, run by the Bookseller, were launched in 2000 and are supported by Frankfurt Book Fair and SYP. The award shines a light on publishers and those in related industries who have gone above and beyond their day to day roles, to demonstrate their hard work and passion. They also select one Shooting Star as someone worthy of exceptional praise, who is awarded a package to help further their career, including a free trip to FBF 2016, networking opportunities and funding to put towards business trips.


Back in 2013, the SYP received Facebook message from Hannah Gilbert, whose brother Matthew had been diagnosed with testicular cancer at just 19 years of age which had spread and become untreatable. Matthew had made a bucket list of things that he would like to achieve before he died, one of which was to have his poetry published.

Inspired by Matthew’s story the SYP worked with the family to publish The Gilbert Collection, ­an anthology of poetry by male writers, including Gilbert. Almost 43,000 men are diagnosed with a form of male-specific cancer each year in the UK and Everyman is an appeal of The Institute of Cancer Research to raise money for research into prostate and testicular cancers. All proceeds from the sale of the anthology will go to the Everyman charity.

Matthew’s family recently got in touch to tell us they had discovered more of Matthew’s poetry and the SYP are delighted to announce that we will be working with them once again to bring his words to print. We hope to publish this second anthology in 2017.