How To Apply

Entries for the 2023 Prize are now closed. Dates for the 2024 Prize will be announced Spring 2024.

UK publishers can download a full application pack and entry form below.

Books must be published by an established UK-based publisher and imprint between  1st January, 2023 and 31st December, 2023 for the 2023 prize. We will accept draft copies of books that are due to be published by 31st December 2023.

To be eligible for submission to the Highland Book Prize, titles must comply with at least one of the following criteria:

  • Book promotes or concerns itself with Highland culture, heritage or landscape, or
  • Has a significant amount of activity set in the Highlands, or
  • The author(s) was born/brought up in the Highlands, or
  • The author(s) is a permanent resident in the Highlands.

For the purpose of the Highland Book Prize the “Highlands” are defined as the Local Authority areas Argyll & Bute, Highland, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Western Isles and Moray.

For more information, please download the Rules and Eligibility Criteria below, or email  

We would also appreciate if the author(s) could complete our Equalities, Diversity, and Inclusion Monitoring Form, which you can download from here.

Key Dates 2023/2024
Monday 26th June 2023Entries open
Monday 4th September 2023 Entries close at 5pm
25th January 2024Longlist announced
July 2024Shortlist announced
September 2024Winner announced
dates may be subject to alteration