2014 First Book of the Year Launched

The Saltire Society has today announced an expanded line-up of award categories and a series of new sponsors as it launches the 2014 Saltire Literary Awards. Widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards represent a long-standing commitment from the Saltire Society to celebrate and support literary achievement and are run entirely on the basis of the voluntary commitment of a panel of expert judges.

 Download the entry form and rules here.

Scottish First Book of the Year  Criteria

  • Awarded to both fiction and non-fiction books, the First Book award is open to first-time authors who have not previously been published. The Award seeks to celebrate emerging talent.
  • Publishers must submit 10 copies of their nominated books.


The 2014 Awards shortlist will be announced at the Wigtown Book Festival in October. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in November.



Joint winners of the 2013 Scottish First Book of the Year Award are:

As Far  Air

As Far As I Can See                       Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach
by Eunice Buchanan                      by Tim Armstrong

Kettillonia                                        Clar




2013 Shortlist


The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay Mantle

Stornoway author Malcolm Mackay has recently won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year award for the second novel of his crime trilogy. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter is the first part of the trilogy. It is a convincing, compelling, tense crime novel that easily transcends the genre. The prose is plain, matter-of-fact and restrained, but at the same time illuminates character and motivation driving the narrative forward at great pace. It is a highly accomplished first novel


As Far As I Can See by Eunice Buchanan Kettillonia

Eunice Buchanan is a retired schoolteacher in her eighties from Arbroath in Angus. As Far As I Can See is an impressive, perceptive and, at times, humorous first collation of poems plus a short story for good measure.  The poems in Scots are outstanding in their use of language and the book has already won the McCash prize for poetry in Scots.  Her use of English in the English language poems is however equally good.  The book ends with a short story written in a vigorous Angus Scots. Its title is Sin. << ???Sin!??? dae ye say? Weel, I should ken aa aboot it.>> It is the story of the Garden of Eden as told by the Serpent. The reader can only hope that there are more poems and stories to come


Nothing is Heavy by Vicki Jarrett Linen Press

The modern city, even at its lowliest levels, can produce circumstances, lives, personalities and coincidences from which a most unexpected tale can emerge — at times exciting, comic, surreal, and ultimately moving. Vicki Jarrett has produced a first novel which is wonderfully fresh, totally confident and a delight to read.

Caleb’s List Kellan Macinness Luath Press

A list of peaks to climb that happen to be visible from Arthur’s Seat? As it happens, yes, that is what Caleb’s List is, but in the process chapter after chapter of history, topography, narrative, natural history – excellent photographs and excellent advice on getting there. Kellan Macinnes proves good writing that makes you want to break out your boots. No better compliment


Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach by Tim Armstrong CLAR

Tim Armstrong has brought the counter-culture of his native Seattle to shape the first genuine sci-fi novel in Gaelic.  Musicians fleeing their redundant planet are chased across the galaxy by a half-crocodile cop and a sinister female recluse with very nasty intent.  Secretive power and racial orthodoxy are among the issues raised.