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29 January 2020


The latest news about publishing and books in Scotland. The most recent news items are  highlighted in the list to the left. For older items, browse through the news pages or search using any one or all of the filters.

  • 13 September 2016
    News, Awards and prizes

    We are thrilled that His Bloody Project by Scottish author Graeme Macrae Burnet (Contraband) is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 25 October.

  • 17 August 2016
    News, Awards and prizes

  • 5 August 2016
    News, Awards and prizes, Competition

    Budding artists aged 5 to 18 are invited to enter our exciting new book cover design competition which we are running in partnership with SLIC. The closing date for entries to be handed in to your local library is 30 September 2016. The winners will be announced at the start of Book Week Scotland in November.

  • 5 August 2016
    News, Awards and prizes

    The Outrun, Amy Liptrot's debut account of reconnecting with her native Orkney, has been named winner of The Wainwright Golden Beer Prize 2016, a £5,000 award to celebrate the best UK nature and travel writing. The Outrun is published by Edinburgh-based Canongate.

  • 3 August 2016
    News, Awards and prizes

    The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize longlist really is long with over 100 books. It includes 10 books from Scottish publishers: Canongate (2), Contraband (2), Freight Books (4), Polygon and Thunderpoint. Voters have until 14 August to vote for their favourites and whittle the list down to 6 books.

  • 28 July 2016
    News, Awards and prizes, Industry, Europe, International, Translation

    Translators Anne Brauner (Cologne) and Clara Pezzuto (Milan) have been announced as the first two recipients of the new Cove Park Translation Programme in partnership with Publishing Scotland.

  • 27 July 2016
    News, Awards and prizes

    His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of thirteen books longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. It is published by Contraband, an imprint of member Saraband. Could a crime thriller win the Man Booker? We certainly hope so! Serious Sweet by Scottish writer AL Kennedy is also on the longlist.

  • 26 July 2016
    News, Industry, Digital

    Nielsen Book is to launch the ISBN Store in the UK and Ireland mid-August. An ISBN is the single, most important item needed to publish a book and the new ISBN store will enable publishers and self-published authors to purchase ISBNs online.

  • 25 July 2016
    News, Awards and prizes

    The 2016 Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award is now open. The deadline for nominations has been extended to 4pm on THURSDAY 18 AUGUST. Submissions should be in by 4pm on Thursday 8 September. For the new award of Emerging Publisher of the Year, submissions need to be received by 4pm on Thursday 8 September.

  • 21 July 2016
    News, Awards and prizes, Industry, Publishers

    Congratulations to Edinburgh-based editor, Rosie Howie who is a recipient of a prestigious Print Futures Award 2016. Rosie attended an event at the House of Lords in London on 19 July 2016 to collect her award of £1,500 which she will use for publishing training.