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Saltire Society Publishers of the Year 2018

30 November 2018

Many congratulations to the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year winners 2018. Canongate Books is Publisher of the Year and Carolina Orloff (Charco Press) is the Emerging Publisher of the Year. The awards were announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 30 November.

Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2018 

The Saltire Publisher of the Year Award 2018 with an accompanying cash prize of £1,000, went to Edinburgh-based Canongate Books. Over the last 12 months, Canongate's growth has seen them further develop an already strong international publishing brand. Historic Environment Scotland was runner-up and Highly Commended.

This year's shortlisted publishers were:

  • 404 Ink   Shortlisted in the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award category in 2017, 404 Ink is an award-winning alternative, independent publisher of books and literary magazines. 404 Ink believe in publishing little but publishing loud, putting full energy and resources into every author they publish.
  • BHP Comics   BHP Comics is Scotland's leading comics and graphic novel publisher and was shortlisted in the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award category in 2017. It champions new, exciting and diverse creator-owned, comics, graphic novels and art books that cover a wide range of topics and themes.
  • Birlinn Limited   In addition to celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Birlinn was named winner of the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award the same year. Birlinn publishes Scottish and general UK interest books, from biography to history, and Scottish Gaelic. It aims to push the boundaries of the imagination, constantly challenging and nurturing the talent of its authors and of its team.
  • Canongate Books  (WINNER). Established in 1973, Canongate Books has emerged as one of the most dynamic publishing houses in Britain. With an international outlook, it continues to nurture and publish new talent from around the world, whilst retaining the essence of the Scottish Canon. It was shortlisted in the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award category in 2017.
  • Historic Environment Scotland    (HIGHLY COMMENDED). Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body for Scotland's historic environment. From landmark works of expert research to creative collaborations with internationally renowned authors, its aim is to explore ideas and start conversations about the past, present and future of our Scotland's history and heritage.
  • Luath Press   Established in 1981, Luath Press is a leading independent book publisher with over 400 books in print including modern fiction, history, politics, travel guides and poetry. It is committed to publishing well written books worth reading and offers distinctive writing with a hint of unexpected pleasures.


Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year 2018 winner

The Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year 2018 is Edinburgh-based Carolina Orloff of Charco Press in recognition of her development into an important part of publishing in Scotland in a relatively short time.

Established in 2016 and supported by Publishing Scotland, this award aims to recognise the work of an individual in the early stages of their publishing career, with the winner receiving a prize of £500. The publishers shortlisted in 2018 were:

  • Alan Windram (Little Door Books)
  • Carolina Orloff (Charco Press) (WINNER)
  • Charlotte Brady (Canongate Books)
  • Heather Palmer (BHP Comics)
  • James T. Harding (Stewed Rhubarb Press)
  • Megan Reid (Canongate Books).  

For more on the Saltire Publisher of the Year and Emerging Publisher of the Year awards, see the Saltire Society website.