The Stationers' Company
The City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries


The Young Stationers’ Prize is awarded annually 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 separately to an exceptional candidate.

  • 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

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 to ensure it is received.

Why apply?

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.