14th Jul 2011
Win! The Scottish Book Awards Shortlist
The Scottish Book Awards (or, to give them their official but somehow nowhere near as catchy full-length title, the Scottish Mortage Investment Trust Book Awards in partnership with Creative Scotland) are in their 39th year, and this year for the first time ever, you get a say in who wins. You’ve got two weeks to enter the public vote, which you can do via the website until Sunday 31st July.
The winner will be announced in August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where the winning author will be awarded a swoon-inducing £25,000 cash prize, plus the prestigious title of ‘Scottish Book of the Year‘.
And unlike most literary prizes, women writers are well and truly represented at the Scottish Book Awards, with three out of this year’s four shortlisted books written by women authors:
For Books’ Sake favourite Jackie Kay has taken the non-fiction title with her autobiography Red Dust Road, while the contender for the first book category is Sue Peebles, with her début novel The Death of Lomond Friel.
The fiction category contender is Leila Aboulela with her novel Lyrics Alley, while Stewart Conn is the winner of the poetry category with his collection The Breakfast Room. Who will be the ultimate winner? That’s for you (plus a judging panel) to decide.
Can’t wait until the winner is announced to decide which one you should read? To save you any agonising decisions, we’ve got a full set of all four shortlisted books to give away.
Want to get your grubby mitts on ‘em? All you need to do is comment on this post by next Friday 22nd July telling us so, and which one you’d read first if you win.
Want to know more about the shortlisted books and authors before you cast your vote? Then keep checking back, because we’ve got some exclusive interviews with the writers coming our way very soon…