Saltire Publisher of the Year shortlist unveiled

Saltire Publisher of the Year shortlist unveiled

The 2015 Saltire Publisher of the Year shortlist has been revealed, featuring two past winners and three Edinburgh-based publishing houses.

The six-strong shortlist includes last year’s winner, Dingwall-based Sandstone Press for its work in "expanding diversity in Scottish literature" alongside 2013-winner Saraband, based in Glasgow, for its "excellent author care".

Also featured on the list is a trio of Edinburgh-based publishing companies: Black and White Publishing, founded in 1999, commended for its "strong editorial focus and digital marketing practices"; children’s book and adult non-fiction specialists Floris Books, impressing judges for commitment to developing books for younger readers; and Luath Press, originally established in 1981 in the heart of Burns country, for its author events at festivals throughout Scotland.

Rounding off the shortlist is Glasgow-based Freight Books, set up in 2001, described by the panel as "clever publishers who produce beautiful books".

The shortlist was drawn up by a judging panel consisting of representatives for Creative Scotland and Publishing Scotland, as well as other “stalwarts from the Scottish publishing industry”.

Established in 2013 and supported by Creative Scotland, the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the Scottish publishing industry through recognising and promoting the work of Scottish publishers.

This year’s winner will be announced as part of the Saltire Literary Awards ceremony on the 26th November and will receive £4,000 to assist their business in its further development. The judges also have the option to award a commendation to a second shortlisted publisher, accompanied by prize money of £500.

Saltire Society executive director Jim Tough said: “The purpose of this award is to celebrate and support the recent achievements and future ambitions of Scottish publishers. We are looking for companies that can demonstrate innovation and boldness, strong relationships with authors and readers, a successful and effective business strategy, proven success in entering new markets and high production values.

“Once again, this year’s shortlist is very strong and demonstrates the huge diversity within the Scottish publishing industry in terms both of scale and style. My congratulations to everyone shortlisted for this year’s award and I wish them all the very best of luck as we await the announcement of the winner later this month.”

Leonie Bell, director for Arts and Engagement, Creative Scotland, added: “Congratulations to each of the shortlisted publishers. Publishing is critical in the development of the careers of most writers and creating access to literature. These awards are important as they celebrate and encourage the work of this important industry.”