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23 July 2018

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 industry.

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
  • Saraband
  • Birlinn
  • National Galleries of Scotland


Floris Books

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 impress.



Saraband was 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.