How To Apply

Entries opened for the current prize cycle on 8th June 2021 and closed at 10am on 9th August 2021.

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, 2021 and 31st December, 2021 for the 2021 prize.

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 the last 6 years or more

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  

Key Dates 2021
Tuesday 8th June 2021 Entries open
Monday 9th August 2021 Entries close at 10am
Early November 2021Longlist announced
March 2022Shortlist announced
May 2022 Winner announced
dates may be subject to alteration