How To Apply

Entries for the 2024 Prize are now open.

UK publishers can download a full application pack and entry form below. We strongly encourage submissions to be sent as early as possible.

Books must be published by an established UK-based publisher and imprint between  1st January, 2024 and 31st December, 2024 for the 2024 prize. We will accept draft copies of books that are due to be published by 31st December 2024.

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 2024/2025
Monday 25th June 2024Entries open
Monday 9th September 2024 Entries close at 5pm
January 2025Longlist announced
May 2025Shortlist announced
August/September 2025Winner announced
dates may be subject to alteration