The Saltire Society Literary Awards have a proud history of celebrating and bringing wider attention to excellence in all literary forms and is now Scotland's foremost literary awards. From poetry and plays to novels and non-fiction, the Saltire Literary Awards are a testament to the outstanding calibre of modern Scottish literature in all its varied forms. 

The Awards celebrate and support literary and academic excellence across six distinct categories with the winner of each of the individual book categories going forward to be considered for the Saltire Book of the Year Award.

Previous winners include Michel Faber, Alisdair Gray, Liz Lochhead and A.L. Kennedy.

The Awards are made possible with the kind support of Creative Scotland.

Submission for the 2018 Awards is now closed.

The Awards will be announced on Friday 30 November 2018. More details HERE.



Entries will be judged by an expert panel, joined this year Scottish Books Editor of the Skinny Alan Bett and Waterstone’s Bookseller Hannah Griffin.

Widely recognised as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards represent a long-standing commitment from the Saltire Society to celebrate and support Scottish literary achievement and are run entirely on the basis of the commitment of the experts who make up the judging panel.

The Saltire Literary Awards panels consider entries across 6 Awards. The winner of each book Award will receive a cash prize of £2,000 and go on to be considered for the top prize of £5,000, awarded to the Saltire Society Book of the Year.



Scottish Fiction Book of the Year

Scottish Non Fiction Book of the Year

Scottish First Book of the Year

Scottish Poetry Book of the Year

Scottish History Book of the Year

Scottish Research Book of the Year

Scottish Book of the Year