The People's Book Prize - Candy Jar Books

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  • The People’s Book Prize is a national literary award voted for solely by the general public. Founded by Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE, the award champions new talent  and celebrates reading. Candy Jar has achieved great success in this competition; One Woman’s War won the non-fiction 2012/2013 award and Kangazang! Star Stuff, Tommy Parker: Destiny Will Find You, and Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants were shortlisted for the prestigious award.

  • In 2016 and 2023 Candy Jar was shortlisted for The Cardiff Life Awards. This ceremony celebrates the best business in Cardiff, applauding what they have achieved in the past year and encouraging them to go further in the years to come, and we've been lucky enough to be nominated in the Creative Business category.

  • In May 2016, The Search for Mister Lloyd by Griff Rowland was chosen as the winner of the Tir na n-Og English-language Award. This award is sponsored by CILIP Cymru/Wales (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), and celebrates the best of fiction with a strong Welsh influence and background.

  • David the Pizzly Bear, one of our Jelly Bean books, has been awarded a red ribbon in the Wishing Shelf Awards 2022. Well done, Molly Arbuthnott and Camilla Seddon.

  • The Animal Says... has been shortlisted in the Wishing Shelf Awards 2023.

  • Helyn Latimer, who published Bully Goat Griff with our sister imprint Jelly Bean Books, has been awarded "Welsh Author of the Year 2022" at Smart Education Wales.

  • Jelly Bean Self-Publishing is delighted to have been awarded Self-Publishing Company of the Year at the 2020 Welsh Enterprise awards. The Welsh Enterprise awards recognise the contribution of small to medium sized businesses to the Welsh economy.

A big part of this huge success is down to our authors, readers, artists and friends. Every book sold, every review posted, every like, share and retweet on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and everything else goes a long way to spreading the Candy Jar word. So, thanks everybody!




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