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18 September 2021

SYP Scotland: Shadow Panel for Scotland's National Book Awards

Organiser: Society of Young Publishers Scotland

Deadline: The deadline for applications has been extended to 11.59pm on Thursday 30 September 2021.

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The Society of Young Publishers Scotland are delighted to announce that we are partnering once again with the Saltire Society to give you the chance to be on a shadow judging panel for Scotland's National Book Awards! We're looking for a mix of students, young publishers and anyone involved in books to form four judging panels for the 2021 Awards. This is a fantastic opportunity to both get involved with the work of the Saltire Society and gain a little insight into how the awards process works, from the position of a judge.

Each panel member will be given a copy of the shortlist for their category in digital form (approx. 5 books), and you'll meet up with your group via Zoom to discuss this in a book club format. You should aim to read all the books in roughly three weeks, so make sure this is something you can do before applying as it's the most important part! The panel discussions will take place during the week beginning 8 November 2021 via Zoom. After judging, each panellist will submit a 150-250 word blog describing their experience and thoughts on the shortlisted books, which will be shared on the Saltire Society and SYP websites. All readers will be invited to the Awards ceremony at the end of November.

Please remember that this will require a lot of reading, and each group needs to meet up online on an agreed date in early November. While it will require an intensive few weeks of work, it's a fantastic opportunity!

Application link here.