Young Stationers' Prize
What is it?
The Young Stationers’ Prize is awarded, annually, to a young person who, in the opinion of the judges, has achieved great success in their career; made an outstanding contribution to the sector in which they are working; or achieved success outside their immediate world of work in interesting ways which are relevant to the ethos and trades of the Stationers’ Company.
Past winners of The Young Stationers’ Prize have been Angela Clarke, novelist, playwright, and columnist; and Katie Glass, of the Sunday Times. Proxime accesserunt prizes have been awarded to Laura Summers, Rosamund Urwin, Nicholas Coveney and Andrew Barker.
Who should apply?
Nominations from all of the Stationers’ Trades are eligible, including but by not limited to: printing, packaging, publishing, digital media, journalism, libraries, archives and copyright.
Anyone can apply, or be nominated for The Young Stationers’ Prize – candidates who nominate themselves, or who are not already members of the Stationers’ Company will not be at a disadvantage.
To qualify for the prize, nominees should be under the age of 40 and able to demonstrate an interest in the activities of the Company, and have the attributes relevant to membership.
How does it work?
This year’s Judging Panel is Chaired by Sue Pandit, Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy, and will include representatives from the Stationers’ Trades, as well as the Young Stationers’ Committee.
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers has very kindly donated the Prize trophy, to reflect the close ties between the Pewterers and the Stationers. The names of each year’s prizewinners are engraved on the trophy. A book prize will be presented if the judges choose to award a proxime accessit or accesserunt.
The prize will be presented at the Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner in Stationers' Hall, on Monday, 18th July – and we particularly encourage all prize applicants to attend, together with family or colleagues. Tickets are available via the Stationers’ events page www.stationers.org/events
How to apply?
Candidates or nominators can submit any supporting materials or specimens of work which they believe will strengthen their application, as a minimum, each application should include: a brief CV; a short statement by the nominator (or personal statement); and least one additional letter of reference
Applications may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Young Stationers’ Prize, c/o Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD. If sending by post, please consider also sending us email notification so as to avoid disappointment.
When to apply?
Applications are welcome at any time throughout the year, but any nominations received after Friday, 24th June 2016 will not be eligible for this year’s prize.
Nominations for the 2016 Young Stationers’ Prize are now closed. Any submissions now received will be counted towards next year’s prize.
We are extremely grateful to all of those who have submitted a nomination, our Judging Panel will now be reviewing the candidates’ applications and selecting the Short List and Winner, which will be announced at our Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner on Monday, 18 July.
This year’s Judging Panel is:
- Sue Pandit (Chair) – Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy
- Gordon Christiansen – Managing Director, Marketing SVP, Business Leader
- Angela Clarke – last year’s Prize winner, author, playwright and columnist
- Michael Gardner – Chief Executive, the BOSS Federation
- Dominic Graham – Chairman, Young Stationers’ Committee
- Emma Hartley – Livery Committee Representative, journalist, author and blogger
- Charlotte Middleton – Young Stationers’ Committee representative
- Sara Pink – Head of Guildhall and City Business, City of London Corporation
The 2019 Young Stationers’ Prize and Young Stationers’ Awards for 2019 were made at a Dinner in Stationers’ Hall on 8 July 2019 and details can be read here.
The 2020 Young Stationers’ Prize will be awarded in Summer 2020 with a call for entries being made in the spring. Please watch this space for further news.
The Young Stationers’ Prize is given to someone under 40 who represents the high ideals of excellence in the sectors of books and archiving; journalism and communication; office products and supplies; print, paper, and packaging; publishing, and design. It is meant to honour those who produce excellent works within the sector, understand the craftsmanship of their particular areas, maintain a high level of respect for their own work, and are able to share their skills to ensure continuous success and excellence in their sector.
Past winners of The Young Stationers’ Prize have been Amy Hutchinson of BOSS (2019) Dr Shane Tilton of Ohio Northern University (2018), Ian Buckley of Prima Software (2017); Ella Kahn and Bryony Woods, founders of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency (2016); Angela Clarke, novelist, playwright, and columnist (2015); and Katie Glass, of the Sunday Times (2014).
Who should apply?
Applications and nominations are welcomed from Stationers and non-Stationers alike. Candidates should apply to one of the categories below, representing the range of trades within the Stationers’ Company. An Award will be conferred in each – with the overall Prize being awarded to one of these winners.
• Print, Paper and Packaging
• Journalism and Communications
• Office Products and Supplies
• Publishing, Digital and Design
• Books and Archiving
Anyone can apply, or be nominated, for The Young Stationers’ Prize – candidates who nominate themselves, or who are not already members of the Stationers’ Company will not be at a disadvantage.
What are the judging criteria?
To qualify for the prize, nominees should be under the age of 40, and working in one of the trades represented by the Stationers’ Company. Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:
• Quality of the written submission – clearly demonstrating why they should be considered for the award;
• Evidence of career success and potential (either through employment or entrepreneurship)
• Contribution to the sector, and to society more broadly, through their work, including relevant success outside the immediate role of work
• Attributes relevant to being a member of the Company and demonstrable interest in the Company’s activities
When does this happen?
The deadline for applications for 2020 will be announced when the 2020 programme opens.
The winners will be announced at the Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner.
Where should applications be sent?
Applications should be sent by email to email@example.com.
How to apply?
We welcome both nominations or self-nominations for these awards. Applications should clearly indicate the Award for which they are applying and should include: a one page CV; a one to two page personal statement by the candidate outlining how they fulfil the award criteria; two letters of reference either by the nominator (if not self-nominated) and/or by an industry peer; and, optionally, a maximum of four pages of additional supporting evidence (such as samples of your work achievements)
NB: Candidates can also elect to send their application by post to Young Stationers’ Prize, c/o Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD. If doing so, please also send an email notification to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure it is received.
The prizewinner’s name will be engraved onto the Young Stationers’ Prize trophy – kindly donated by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers – alongside those of past winners, thereby commemorating the achievement in perpetuity. In addition, each of the winners will receive a certificate, and free membership of the Stationers’ Company.
All of the winners will be announced at the Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner, culminating in the ceremonial passing of the Prize from the incumbent winner to the newly awarded recipient.