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Submissions for the 2020 Prize are open. Entries will be accepted from 10th June to 19th August 2020.

UK publishers can access a full application pack and entry form to submit their books here:

Highland Book Prize – Rules & Eligibility Criteria 2020.

Books must be published by an established UK-based publisher or imprint between  January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 for the 2020 prize (which will be presented in May 2021 at the Ullapool Book Festival).

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 6 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.

Proposed Key Dates (may be subject to change)

Wednesday 10th June 2020                                       Entries open

Wednesday 19th August 2020                                   Entries close at 5pm

Early November 2020                                                Longlist announced

Mid-February 2021                                                     Shortlist announced

Weekend of 7th – 9th May 2021                                Winner announced

Dates may be subject to alteration.