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 publishing companies. Patrons:  Frederick Forsyth CBE and The Publishers Association.  Founding Patron:  Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE.
What are The People’s Book Prize aims?
  1. finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works of literature
  2. help to eradicate illiteracy


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 offer marketing, sales and social media support to publishers and their authors
  • to give the public the opportunity to choose the next Bestsellers and discover new talent
  • to encourage community interaction and take an active role
  • to celebrate reading
  • to get people reading – everybody can take part
Has The People’s Book Prize a Constitution?

  • To champion new and undiscovered literary works.
  • To secure a transparent democratic process
  • To empower the public to vote with confidence for the next bestsellers
  • To engage the community
  • To raise the profile of publishers, libraries and writers
  • To form an alliance with retailers to sell and distribute winners’ books.
  • To support literacy
  • To foster a love of reading
  • To inspire the next generation of best untapped writing talent
  • To eradicate illiteracy
How are the books chosen?

Publishers are invited to submit titles.

Can authors submit their books?

Only through their publisher.

How does it work?

The 2024/2025 collection starts on 1 October 2024 which the public can vote for until 30 April 2025.

How many categories are in each collection?
Three:  Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s
How do people vote?

You can vote:  for 3 different books in each of the 3 categories: Fiction, Non Fiction, Children’s:  Click on the category and browse through the titles showcased BUT only ONCE for the book of your choice from the dedicated page of that title — otherwise our system will reject it.

You do not need to register or login.

How many books can people vote for?

One vote per book:

For the Entries showcased in a Collection:

You can vote for 9 different books:  

3 books from Fiction, 3 from Non-fiction and 3 from Children’s (9 books in total)

How are the winners chosen?

Members of the public vote for their favourite books on www.peoplesbookprize.com  

Winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony. (See below)

The People’s Book Prize have no judges. YOU are the Jury!

How many times can I vote for a book?

You cannot vote for the same book twice – it will be rejected.

How are votes registered?
In The People’s Book Prize computerised safe system.
How many Awards?


TPBP Frederick Forsyth Fiction Award

The People’s Book Prize Non Fiction Award

The People’s Book Prize Children’s Literature Award

TPBP Beryl Bainbridge Award for a First Time Author
The People’s Book Prize Special Achievement Award

The People’s Book Prize Best Publisher Award

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 the words of our Founding Patron, Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE:  “…this idea – which is absolutely amazing – will be of enormous importance to writers.  I look forward to the time when we mention this particular prize as the greatest…

The 2021/2022 Winners

The winners of the 2021/2022 Collection were announced and are as follows:

The People's Book Prize for Fiction

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden, published by Canongate Books

The People's Book Prize for Non-Fiction

A State of Fear By Laura Dodsworth, published by Pinter & Martin

The People's Book Prize for Children's Literature

Yapping Away By Joshua Seigal, published by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award

Red Corona By Tim Glister, published by Oneworld Publications

The People's Book Prize Best Achievement Award

Florence Nightingale at Home By Paul Crawford, Anna Greenwood, Richard Bates & Jonathan Memel, published by Palgrave Macmillan

The People's Book Prize Best Publisher Award

Poems & Pictures

The 2020/2021 Winners:

The Winners of the 2020/2021 Collection were announced on the 6th May 2021 and are as follows:

The People's Book Prize for Fiction

The Smart Woman's Guide to Murder by Victoria Dowd, published by Joffe Books

The People's Book Prize for Non-Fiction

Just Gill by John Dalley, published by Victorina Press

The People's Book Prize for Children's Literature

Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor, published by Hashtag Press

The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award

You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here by Frances Macken, published by Oneworld Publications

The People's Book Prize Best Achievement Award

Who Cares? by Sara Challice, published by Hammersmith Books Limited

The People's Book Prize Best Publisher Award

Filament Publishing Limited

The 2019/2020 Ceremony:

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary

The Winners of the 2019/2020 Collection were announced at

The People’s Book Prize 11th Awards Ceremony, in the presence of Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE on 23th July 2020.

It was decided to have a virtual online event rather than the prestigious black-tie dinner, as large gatherings are not possible this year.

The Winners:

The People’s Book Prize for Fiction

The Weighing of the Heart by Paul Tudor Owen published by Obliterati Press

The People’s Book Prize for Non-Fiction

A Girl Behind Dark Glasses by Jessica Taylor-Bearman published by Hashtag Press

The People’s Book Prize for Children’s Literature

Bea by Nigel Wormack published by Poems & Pictures

The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award

You OK, Christy? By Christy Fleming published by Onstream Publications

The People’s Book Prize Best Achievement Award

Alder by Graham Parry published by Blossom Spring Publishing

The People’s Book Prize Best Publisher Award
Hashtag Press Ltd.

The People’s Book Prize Patron Emeritus Award
Frederick Forsyth CBE

The People’s Book Prize are privileged to have Frederick Forsyth CBE as their patron.  He is a giant in English Literature.  An inspiration to writers. A great talent.    His novels are read by millions and many have been made into fascinating films.  Even his autobiography reads like a thriller. When you have a FF book you know you are going to have a superb read.   In recognition of his 10 years of tenure and with grateful thanks, Frederick Forsyth was presented with The People’s Book Prize Patron Emeritus Award by Founder Tatiana Wilson.

TPBP Director Tony Humphreys thanked the congregation for attending and reminded publishers to submit their entries for the 2021 Winter collection that starts on 1 October 2020 – online submission forms from www.peoplesbookprize.com deadline to submit 15 September 2020.

For further information pr@peoplesbookprize.com

Paul Tudor Owen’s book ‘The Weighing Of The Heart’ is an intriguing debut novel about the theft of a priceless piece of Egyptian art in New York.

Children’s author Nigel Womack and illustrator Ursula Hurst have produced a charming book for young readers about a bee called ‘Bea’, who knits herself a jersey – not of black and yellow – but one of many colours.

Non-Fiction winner Jessica Taylor-Bearman’s book ‘The Girl Behind Dark Glasses’ recounts her struggle to survive after she was struck down with the neuro-immune disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis at 15 years old – which landed her in a darkened hospital room, unable to communicate, for four years.

The First-Time Author award was won this year by Christy Fleming for his memoir ‘You OK, Christy?’, an inspirational story of how one person’s indomitable spirit helped to overcome the many adversities that life threw at him.

The Best Achievement award is given each year to the author whose book advances the human condition, benefitting their community, or the world at large in some way.  This year’s winner, Graham Parry, has written a fantastical children’s book that aims to give support to children suffering the trauma of being in hospital.  A percentage of every sale of the book is being donated to the NHS.

The winner of this year’s Best Publisher award is Hashtag Press, a dynamic all-female publishing company that has been operating for only three years.  They’ve already published 20 books, and four of their authors reached the finals in this year’s People’s Book Prize.  Two of the company’s directors, Helen Lewis and Abiola Bello, attended the award ceremony.

The renowned author Frederick Forsyth CBE received at the ceremony The People’s Book Prize Emeritus Award after 10 years of tenure.  He succeeded the founding patron Dame Beryl Bainbridge, DBE who sadly passed away in 2010 after serving as patron for only one year.

For more information, visit our website at www.peoplesbookprize.com

Rewarding talent voted exclusively by the public:

6 Awards:  For Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s,

Best Achievement, Best Publisher and The Beryl Bainbridge First-Time Author Award.

Patron Emeritus:  Frederick Forsyth CBE

Founding Patron:  Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE

Previous Ceremonies:

The 2018/2019 Ceremony:

The 6 winners were announced at the prestigious black tie Awards Ceremony at the historic Stationers’ Hall on 8th May 2019  -

View Winners

The 2016/2017 Ceremony:



The 2015/2016 Ceremony

12th July 2016 SKY NEWS


The 2014/2015 Ceremony

The 2012/2013 Ceremony

The 2011/2012 Ceremony

The 2009/2010 Ceremony

Interview 1 with Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE

Interview 2 with Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE

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