We are delighted to announce the
2015 Publisher of the Year Shortlist

This year's Publisher of the Year Award shortlistees are: 

 

Black & White Publishing
(Edinburgh)
Floris Books
(Edinburgh)
Freight Books
(Glasgow)

 

 

 

 

Luath Press
(Edinburgh)

 Sandstone Press
(Dingwall)

Saraband
(Glasgow)

 

Established in 2013 and supported by Creative Scotland, the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the Scottish publishing industry. Organised by independent charity the Saltire Society as an integral part of its annual programme of awards and events, the Award aims to recognise and promote the work of Scottish publishers as a critical component of Scotland's modern literary landscape

This year's winner will be announced as part of the Saltire Literary Awards ceremony on 26 November 2015. The winner will receive £4000 to assist its business in its further development. The judges also have the option to award a commendation to a second shortlisted publisher, accompanied by prize money of £500.

The shortlist was drawn up by a judging panel including representatives of Creative Scotland, Publishing Scotland and the Scottish book world:

  • Aly Barr, Acting Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing, Creative Scotland
  • Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Associates
  • Rosamund de la Hey, Mainstreet Books, St Boswells
  • Claire Malcolm, CEO, New Writing North
  • Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland
  • Professor Claire Squires, University of Stirling

 

 


2015 Saltire Publisher of the Year Award

    

Established in 2013, the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award is dedicated to encouraging
and supporting Scottish publishers. The Award aims to recognise and promote the work of
Scottish publishers as an important element in the Scottish literature ecology. The winner of the
Award will receive £4000 to assist their business in its further development. The judges will also
have the option to award a commendation of £500.

 More Information and download the entry form HERE.

Nominations for the six book categories must reach the
Saltire Society by Friday 19th June 2015.

 

 

 

2014

The Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Award
supported by Creative Scotland

 

 

Sandstone Press
A small enterprise based in Dingwall, Sandstone Press has quickly established a reputation for quality and innovation.

 

Commendations

Freight


The company excel in supporting and nurturing new writers while also retaining
their focus and drive to achieve their business goals. They have shown a quantifiable step
change in their levels of activity over the year, this accomplished
with a small team. The quality of their publications is also notable.

Birlinn


This publisher continues to take a brave and innovative approach to their work.
They have retained their financial resilience while successfully responding to change.
High production values, the strength in their non-fiction catalogue and their pro-active
marketing strategies are all recognisable qualities of their work.

 

 

 

 Shortlist

 

Backpage Press

Backpage Press are rapidly becoming one of the most innovative publishers in Scotland.
With a dynamic approach to the book market, they have proved to be deft
playmakers; focusing their strategy on key marketing positions
to hit their goals in books, digital and now video games.

 

 

Birlinn


This publisher continues to take a brave and innovative approach to their work.
They have retained their financial resilience while successfully responding to change.
High production values, the strength in their non-fiction catalogue and their pro-active
marketing strategies are all recognisable qualities of their work.

 

Floris


Floris continue to produce books of a high creative and educational standard
for young readers and as such play a crucial role in the reading lives of young Scots.
This year has seen the company developing new books for different age groups and
garnering many national prize nominations for its work. A very impressive year of
sales and critical acclaim demonstrates the strong leadership and creative drive that
is fuelling the company for the future.

Freight


The company excel in supporting and nurturing new writers while also retaining
their focus and drive to achieve their business goals. They have shown a quantifiable step
change in their levels of activity over the year, this accomplished
with a small team. The quality of their publications is also notable.

 

Bright Red
This company produce books to a very high production standard while responding
positively to change and new challenges. Bright Red has achieved a great deal in a short period of time, demonstrating good strategic planning and resilience in the process. They have also found new and exciting ways of engaging with users in a market that is very different from mainstream publishing.

Sandstone Press

This small enterprise has achieved a great deal though their enthusiastic pragmatism.
They have been building effective partnerships, work well with students and responded
dynamically to changes and challenge through small but innovative steps. Their progress
is also evident in the improved quality of the publications. The quality of their editorial work is also notable.

 

 

 

 

2013 Publisher of the Year Award Ceremony

2013 Publsher Awards ceremony

'Creative Scotland is delighted to sponsor the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award for the second year running. At a time of seismic change in the publishing sector this award will serve to highlight the dynamism, adaptability and forward looking nature of one of Scotland's oldest creative industries.'

                                                                                                Aly Barr
                                                                                               Development Officer
                                                                                               Creative Scotland

While the Saltire Society has operated as a publisher itself in the past, in 2012 it was recognised that the Scottish publishing industry had grown and flourished to the point where the Society’s work in that area was less neccessary.

The vitality and innovation of Scottish based publishers contribute immeasurably to the health of our cultural landscape and national dialogues, and so the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award has been launched, to celebrate and support their continued achievements.

The award will recognise publishers who have shown a strong performance in:

  • Innovation and boldness
  • Successfully entering new markets
  • Successfully developing new products
  • Initiating and successfully managing change
  • Supporting and nurturing writers

Entrants are asked to submit a short narrative detailing the story of their development over the preceding year with reference to these qualities. Gaelic and digital-only publishers are welcome to enter, as are publishing houses of all sizes, with the only proviso that all entrants’ Headquarters must be based in Scotland.

The winner will receive an Award of £4000 to assist the business in its further development. The judges will also have the option to award a Commendation of £500.

Download rules and entry form here

Deadline for entry is NOON on 13th June 2014.

Experts in the publishing field have been brought together to create an independent judging panel.  

The panel for the award comprises:

  • Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Associates
  • Rosamund de la Hey, Main Street Trading Company, St Boswells
  • Claire Malcolm, New Writing North
  • Marion Sinclair, CEO, Publishing Scotland
  • Professor Claire Squires, University of Stirling
  • Aly Barr, Creative Scotland