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20 October 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: The six publishers on the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award shortlist are: 404 Ink, BHP Comics, Birlinn, Canongate, Handspring Publishing and Vagabond Voices. The Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award sees four publishers shortlisted: Heather McDaid (404 Ink), Kirstin Lamb (Barrington Stoke), Laura Jones (404 Ink) and Laura Waddell (HarperCollins). The Saltire Literary Awards shortlists were unveiled on 12 October and our members are well represented with titles from Canongate, Cranachan Publishing, Edinburgh University Press, Fledgling Press, Freight Books, Luath Press (3) and Sandstone Press (2). The shortlist for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction was announced on 6 October. The winner of the Donald Meek Award 2017 is Taigh Sheonachain by Iain MacRae. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro. The winners of the 2017 Forward Prizes of Poetry are Sinéad Morrissey, Ocean Vuong and Ian Patterson. Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. The Long Drop by Denise Mina (Little, Brown) is the winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize. Edinburgh-born Stef Penney is the winner of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2017 for Under a Pole Star (Quercus).

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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 shortlist was announced in August and the 2017 Awards will be presented on Thursday 16 November 2017 in London.

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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. Ruta Sepetys won the 80th anniversary Carnegie Medal and Lane Smith triumphed in the Kate Greenaway Medal category. Nominations for the 2018 awards opened on 1 September 2017 and run to 6 October 2017.

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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. In 2017 Scottish writer Brian Conaghan won the Costa Children's Book Award for The Bombs That Brought Us Together (Bloomsbury).

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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).