Saltire Publishers of the Year 2016 shortlists
20 October 2016
Five publishers have been shortlisted for the prestigious
Saltire Publisher of the Year Award. Saraband, which won the
inaugural award in 2013 is the only one of the five not based in
Edinburgh. The new Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award
sees five publishers shortlisted - two from Glasgow-based Freight
Books, the current Scottish Publisher of the Year.
As part of the Inspiring Scotland programme, announced to
celebrate the Saltire Society's 80th anniversary earlier this year,
the winner of the Publisher of the Year Award will receive a fully
funded place to the Yale Publishers Course in August 2017, with the
winner of the Emerging Publisher of the Year Award to receive a
£500 bursary to develop their skills and experience in the
The winners will be formally announced at a special ceremony in
Edinburgh on 24 November which is free but ticketed.
Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2016 shortlist
- Floris Books
- Black and White Publishing
- National Galleries of Scotland
Floris Books is Scotland's largest
children's publisher. They've had a stellar year; their staff
has expanded to 11 and their sales and international rights deals
have risen concomitantly. It's been an award winning year too with
their books winning the Blue Peter Best Story Award, the Scottish
Children's Book Award and the Scholastic Laugh Out Loud award. All
this in the year that they celebrated their 40th birthday. Their
Design and Production Manager Leah McDowell is also shortlisted for
Emerging Publisher of the Year.
Black and White Publishing
Black and White Publishing have taken a
significant step change in their activities and in the process
shown a willingness to take risks and innovate. Their strong and
positive relationship with their authors also continues to
the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year in
2013 and continues to impress with its strong-list building
editorial and production values and concerted sales and marketing.
This year crime imprint Contraband features on the Man Booker
shortlist with Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project
(which is also shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction
Book of the Year).
From beautifully produced books and a coherent cogent list Birlinn are in
many ways a quintessential independent publisher. Their consistency
quality of output and desire to publish the best of Scottish
culture mark them out as a serious player in the publishing scene
in this country. Birlinn and its John Donald imprint have an
impressive seven books shortlisted in this year's Saltire Society
Books of the Year shortlists.
National Galleries of Scotland
This first time shortlistee has shown exceptional production
values. There is a clear and strong focus on NGS Publishing's market which they evidently
know both in an international and national context.
Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year 2016 sponsored
by Publishing Scotland shortlist
The new Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award sees five
publishers shortlisted - two from Glasgow-based Freight Books.