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11 December 2017

Prizes and Awards

There are many prizes and awards for books and quite a few for book people too. We can't list them all so have chosen a selection including the Scottish ones, the biggest, the most prestigious and some that Scottish writers or books have been listed for or won in the past!

NEWS: Many congratulations to the 2017 Saltire Publisher of the Year Birlinn and the joint Emerging Publishers of the Year Laura Jones and Heather McDaid, founders of indie publisher 404 Ink. Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books) is the Saltire Book of the Year 2017. It also won the Non-Fiction Book award. Books by Edinburgh publisher Luath Press won Fiction Book of the Year (Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell) and Research Book of the Year (The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse). Goblin by Ever Dundas (Saraband) won the First Book of the Year Award. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate) is the BAMB Reader's Choice for Popular Fiction 2017.  The Costa Books of the Year shortlists were announced on 21 November 2017 and feature two Scottish writers: Stef Penney for Under a Pole Star (Quercus) and Gail Honeyman for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins).

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    Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015), it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK and worth £30,000 to the winner. The shortlist was announced on 6 October.

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    The enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards celebrate children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts. Podkin One Ear and Survivors have won the 2017 Blue Peter Book Awards announced on World Book Day - 2 March 2017.

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    Sponsored by Champagne Bollinger, the prize is the UK's only literary award for comic writing. Bridget Jones' Baby by Helen Fielding (Jonathan Cape) won the 2017 award.

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    The winners of the 2017 awards were announced on 8 May.

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    These awards recognise and promote the excellence of the British book design and production industry. The 2017 awards were announced on Thursday 16 November 2017 in London. Entry for the 2018 awards will open in April.

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    The annual Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is for the publisher of an outstanding example of pamphlet poetry published during the year. The pamphlet or its publisher will have a connection with Scotland or Scottish culture. In rewarding a publisher, rather than a poet, it is a unique award in Scotland. The winner of the 2017 award was Roncadora Press.

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    The CAMEOs recognise the relationship between content across a variety of media and, crucially, the central role of the book. The 2017 winners were announced during the London Book Fair week (in March): 45 Years, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Beast Quest and Hetty Feather.

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    The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Longlists are published in February and shortlists in March, with the winners announced at a ceremony in June.

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    The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. Books are entered by publishers, and entry for the Awards closes at the end of June each year. Category winners are announced in early January and Book of the Year at the end of January.

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    Launched in 2007, The Desmond Elliott Prize has quickly become established as the premier prize for new fiction. Francis Spufford won the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize for his debut novel Golden Hill (Faber & Faber).