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03 April 2020

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!

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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.

  • Literary and publishing awards

    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. The Blue Peter Book Awards are announced on World Book Day.

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    Sponsored by Champagne Bollinger, the prize is an award for comic writing.

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    The Bookbug Picture Book Prize is for children in nursery, Primary 1, Primary 2 and Primary 3. It is run by Scottish Book Trust.

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    The Booker International Prize is awarded to a book of fiction translated into English, with the £50,000 prize split between author and translator. Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth from Arabic and published by our member Sandstone Press, won the Man Booker International Prize 2019.

  • Literary and publishing awards

    The £50,000 Booker is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers. The submissions deadline for the 2020 Prize is Friday 13 March 2020.

  • Literary and publishing awards

    The 2019 awards winners were announced on 13 May. Golden Hare Books won the Independent Bookshop of the Year and Noor Hemani, of Lighthouse, won the Individual Bookseller of the Year. It was a vintage year for Scottish bookshops with The Edinburgh Bookshop and The Mainstreet Trading Company commended in their categories too.

  • Literary and publishing awards

    These awards recognise and promote the excellence of the British book design and production industry. Entries for the 2020 BBD&PAs will open in April.

  • Literary and publishing awards

    The annual Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is for the publisher of an outstanding example of pamphlet poetry published during the previous year. The Scottish Poetry Library manages the administration of the award in partnership with the Saltire Society.

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    The CAMEOs recognise the relationship between content across a variety of media and, crucially, the central role of the book.