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Scotland’s National Book Awards
About the Awards The Saltire Society Literary Awards are widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious literary awards. They represent the Society’s commitment to celebrate and support literary achievement. They highlight fantastic talent while raising the profile of writers and publishers. Over the last seven years the Society itself has made substantial progress on a number of fronts. Our profile has increased and shifted, the range and diversity of our programme extended, our HQ building modernised and our governance refreshed. Meanwhile, we have maintained and refined our role as an independent celebrant and supporter of the best of Scotland’s cultural achievements and created a platform for further development.
Since 2012, the Society has strived to develop the promotion, celebration and impact of its series of literary awards year on year. The literary awards have continued to go from strength to strength with an increase in audience, print media and online profile. We have successfully launched the Poetry Book of the Year Award, the Publisher of the Year Award, the Emerging Publisher of the Year Award and separated the ‘literary’ award in to the Fiction and Non-Fiction Awards.
The 2022 Award categories
A book may only be entered into one Award category, excluding Book Cover Award. A book entered into the Book Cover Award may also be entered into ONE of the literary Awards.
Who Can Enter
All nominations must come from the book’s publisher.
Eligible publishers include:
Publishers, imprints (e.g. from major publishing houses) and independent publishers. Please note that there is a limit of two (2) books per imprint per Award category. However, a list of further titles for consideration can be added to an entry form.
Books in English, Scots and Gaelic are accepted.
What and how to submit
Eligible books must adhere to one of the following:
Books must be published between the 1 March 2021 - 30 June 2022
In order to enter, the publisher must complete the Award categories corresponding entry form and send the requested number of hard copies of each title to the Saltire Society’s headquarters.
Publishers can request to be on the Award database to receive an email as soon as the Awards are launched each year by contacting [email protected]
The Saltire Society wants to ensure Scotland’s National Book Awards meet the aims and commitments set out in its Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion policy. This includes building an accurate picture of the make-up of the Awards, encouraging equality and diversity. The Society would appreciate your help and co-operation to enable it to do this by completing the Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Form.
DeadlineThe deadline for nominations to the Book awards is Wednesday 27 July 2022.
The deadline for nominations to the Lifetime Achievement Award is Monday 15 August 2022.
What the judges are looking for
The judges will be looking at a number of aspects, including:
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