Tuesday 19 November 2019

Scottish Book Cover Award Shortlist Annouced



The Saltire Society today announced the shortlist for a brand-new award as part of the 2019 Saltire Literary Awards, widely regarded as Scotland’s National Book Prizes.  Six books, with covers created either by Scottish designers or an in-house designer for a Scottish publisher, have been shortlisted in this new award for creative design.


 The six shortlisted book covers are:


Animals Eat Each Other
by Elle Nash, published by 404 ink and designed by Leah McDowell of elemdesign.  The Judges said “This book design has layers that show it has been really thought through. The use of the tattooed arms and hands to create an animal jaw is very clever in reflecting the story tense within.”



Guardians of the Wild Unicorns by Lindsay Littleson, illustrated by Samantha Woo and published by Kelpies (an imprint of Floris Books).  The cover was designed by Leah McDowell Art and Production Director at Floris Books and illustrated by Samantha Woo.  The Judges said “The magic and fantasy within the pages of this book are clearly seen through this multi-layered cover.  This design reveals new things on each fresh look.”


In Nearby Bushes
by Kei Miller, published by Carcarnet Press and designed by Andrew Latimer.  The Judges thought “A conceptually strong and unique work that sees the title and author hiding in a newspaper like text. The use of the strong yellow colour gives a brightness to the overall design.”


Self Heal by Samantha Walton, published by Boilerhouse Press and designed by Emily Benton Book Design.  The judges commented “The beauty of this cover lies in its simplicity. Reflecting what lies beneath the ‘plaster’ envelopes the book. The typography is well  [ ] thought out, which is extremely impactful on such a paired back design.”

The Disconnect by Keren David, published by Barrington Stoke and designed by Julie-Ann Murray and illustrated by Jen Collins.  The Judges commented “This design works well in telling a story. With touches, such as the subtle fade, suggesting an augmented reality. This design creates intrigue, inviting the reader to find out more.”


The Wind That Lays Waste
by Selva Almada (translated by Chris Andrews), published by Charco Press and designed by Pablo Font.  The Judges said “The design echoes the story within while allowing the viewer room to take from it their own meaning.  The use of colour and an evocative image creates a strong, bold cover.”



Sarah Mason, Programme Director at the Saltire Society, said “The Scottish Book Cover Awardcelebrates the enormous talent Scotland has in book production and design.  This Award and its shortlistees exemplify creativity and the relationship between the designer, the publisher and the author. From augmented reality and the dependence on mobile devices to lyrics on love, work and protest; the shortlisted works show how a book cover can start the conversation before the first page is turned.”

The Saltire Literary Awards are supported by Creative Scotland.   Creative Scotland’s Alan Bett said: “Cover design helps form our first impressions of a book and communicates what’s within its pages. They often influence which are picked off the shelf, bought and read, and which are not. It is great to see that the Saltire Literary Awards are recognising the art of the book cover; this essential part of the publishing process that results in the engaging and often beautiful designs that help books tell their story.”

The winner of the Scottish Book Cover Award will be announced, together with all the Saltire Literary Awards, at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 30 November.  Tickets to the event are available from www.saltiresociety.org.uk.


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