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09 December 2019

Awards round up

Awards News summer 2019



Luna Press Publishing  has been shortlisted for Best Independent Press at the British Fantasy Awards 2019

Kay Farrell, Assistant Publisher at Sandstone Press (Inverness), and Rosie Howie, Publisher at Hodder Gibson (Glasgow), have been named as Bookseller Rising Stars of 2019



Lucy Juckes of Jenny Brown Associates received a CBE for services to education and literacy in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019.



Six talented writers have been shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize 2019. The prize is organised by publisher Floris Books. The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

Canongate author Lemn Sissay has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize 2019. Canongate Books have published his work for over two decades and will publish his memoir, My Name is Why, on 29 August 2019.

Floris Books author Theresa Breslin received an OBE for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019



Six talented illustrators have been shortlisted for the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019. The prize is organised by publisher Floris Books. The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

The Lost Words illustrated by Jackie Morris and written by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton) is the winner of the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration.



Canongate has partnered with the Nan Shepherd Estate and the University of Aberdeen to launch a competition to find the next big voice in nature writing, from communities underrepresented in the genre. The closing date for submissions is 10 September 2019. See the Nan Shepherd Prize website.



The Booker Prize longlist (the 'Booker Dozen', of 13 novels) includes Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry published by Canongate Books

Luna Press Publishing has three books shortlisted for four British Fantasy Awards 2019: Marian Womack - Lost Objects  (Best Newcomer and Best Collection); The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction - ed. Francesca T Barbini (Best Non-Fiction); and The Prisoner - Robert S Malan and John Cockshaw (Best Comic/Graphic Novel).

As the Women Lay Dreaming by Donald S Murray (Saraband) has been longlisted for the HWA Debut Crown best debut historical novel 2019

The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press) has been shortlisted for The Wainwright Golden Beer Book PrizeGhost Trees by Bob Gilbert (Saraband) was longlisted. The winner will be announced on 15 August. 

The Long Take by Robin Robertson (Picador) is the winner of the tenth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey) is the winner of the 2019 Carnegie Medal for writing.

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry aka Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman (Canongate Books) is on the McIlvanney Prize (Scottish Crime Book of the Year) longlist. This year also sees a new prize for debut authors and there are five books on the shortlist including  The Peat Dead  by Allan Martin (Thunderpoint Publishing). For the full lists and details of all the books, see the  Bloody Scotland website.

Hings by Chris McQueer (404 Ink) won the Outstanding Literature category of the Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2019. Let Me Tell You This by Nadine Aisha Jassat (404 Ink) and As the Women Lay Dreaming by Donald S Murray (Saraband) were shortlisted.

Two Scottish publishers have received English PEN Awards in the recently announced Spring Awards 2019. Scotland Street Press will publish a translation of the Belarusian book Alinarka's Children by Alhierd Bacharevic. Charco Press got awards for translations of three Spanish language books: Theatre of War by Andrea Jeftanovic (Chile), Loop   by Brenda Lozano (Mexico) and Holiday Heart by Margarita Garcia Robayo (Colombia). Full details are on the English PEN website.

Each year, the David Hume Institute (DHI) publishes a Summer Reading List for the Scottish First Minister. It is intended as a fresh way to stimulate debate about the state of the nation and brings together some of the best writing from Scotland and beyond. This year's list includes Where are the Women? by Sara Sheridan (Historic Environment Scotland). See the DHI website for more about the books on the list and how they earned their place.

Celestial Bodies by  Jokha Alharthi, translated by  Marilyn Booth from Arabic and published by our member Sandstone Press has been announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2019. Huge congratulations to all!

Crocodile by Daniel Shand (Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2019.

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley (Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards 2019.

Two books published by Barrington Stoke have been shortlisted for the Historical Association's Young Quills Awards 2019Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson (11 to 13 year olds category) and Firebird by Elizabeth Wein (14 years and upwards category).

An Unexplained Death by Mikita Brottman (Canongate Books) is longlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2019.

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar  by Olga Wojta (Saraband) was longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019.



Mairi Oliver, owner of Lighthouse Books (Edinburgh), has been named as one of the Bookseller Rising Stars of 2019

Golden Hare Books won the Independent Bookshop of the Year and Noor Hemani, of Lighthouse, won the Individual Bookseller of the Year at the Briitish Book Awards 2019. It was a vintage year for Scottish bookshops with The Edinburgh Bookshop and The Mainstreet Trading Company commended in their categories too. See the BBA website.