Submissions for the 2020 Highland Book Prize are open. Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020.
The Prize aims to bring recognition to, and develop a readership for, books created in or about the Highlands of Scotland. It is open to works of fiction, non-fiction poetry and short stories with a strong connection to the Highlands.
Books must be published by an established UK-based publisher or imprint between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 31 2020 for the 2020 prize, which will be presented in May 2021 at the Ullapool Book Festival.
The winning entry will receive a cash prize of £1000 and a place on a writing retreat at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre (if the current pandemic allows).
To be eligible for submission to The Highland Book Prize, titles must comply with at least one of the following criteria:
- Promote or concern itself with Highland culture, heritage or landscape
- Have a significant amount of activity set in the Highlands
- The author(s) must have been born/brought up in the Highlands
- The author(s) must have lived in the Highlands for a period of six years or more
For the purpose of the Highland Book Prize, the “Highlands” are defined as the 2020 Local Authority areas Argyll & Bute, Highland, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Western Isles and Moray.