I am still pinching myself and writing the words “award-winning” still feels incredibly surreal, but we did it!

Scorpius Books is officially the British Book Awards Regional Small Press of the Year!!!

I started Scorpius Books mid-pandemic, and in just three short years we’ve gone from a start up that no one had heard of to signing rights to bestselling author James Herbert and winning a top industry award! We were determined in the beginning to hold true to our values of caring for the environment, looking after our authors and making reading accessible, and we’ve continued to hold true to those values, even when challenging the status quo is frowned upon in publishing. We’re immensely proud of our journey and that this has been recognised by our peers.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the endless support of those first bookshops to take a punt on a little unknown publisher, the amazing authors who put their trust in us in the beginning and continue to do so, and the fabulous readers who’s feedback makes everything we do worthwhile.

I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the other regional winners and finalists, who are all amazing in their own right.

You can find out more about this year’s awards here.