Inaugural ‘Rising Star’ award added to ABIAs 2018
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) has introduced a new award to recognise emerging talent in the publishing industry.
The inaugural Rising Star of the Year Award will be presented to ‘a person whose record reflects ongoing excellence and growth in contribution to their profession’ and will include a cash prize of $5000, sponsored by McPherson’s Printing Group.
Chair of the ABIA committee and Hachette joint managing director Justin Ractliffe said the award will acknowledge the ‘outstanding contribution’ made by young professionals in the industry. ‘Australian publishing is filled with hardworking, passionate, gifted young people and this award acknowledges and rewards the outstanding contribution they make,’ said Ractliffe.
Australian Publishers Association CEO Michael Gordon-Smith said, ‘We often hear about the complex challenges publishers face. It’s exciting to have created an opportunity to promote the inspiring young people meeting them.’
The award will be judged by the same panel judging the ABIA Business Awards, which this year is chaired by former Allen & Unwin owner and director Peter Eichhorn.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must be currently working in the Australian publishing industry, and must have spent less than 10 years in the industry.
The 2018 ABIAs will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on 3 May.
For more information about the award, click here.