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 created?

  • to give authors a better chance of being read
  • to create a unique space where publishers can showcase their authors' work
  • to give the British public the opportunity to choose Britain's next Bestsellers and discover new talent
  • to support libraries and encourage community interaction
  • to celebrate reading
  • to get people reading: anybody and everybody can be part of the People's Book Prize and take an active role

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 Titles.

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.

The Voting

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 May 2017 until the day of the Awards Ceremony .

The 5 winners are announced at the black tie Awards Ceremony at Stationers' Hall on 23rd May 2017 6.30 pm. – 10 pm.


After spending hundreds of hours mailing a thousand plus people I gained enough votes to make it as a finalist at TPBP.
It was an absolutely Amazing night and I met some very talented and friendly fellow authors.
The standard and quality of the other books was of a very high level so to come third in the children’s category is a wonderful achievement for my writing career.