The 2020 Highland Book Prize

If you missed any of the 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series of talks and conversations you can view them on our Tea Break page and on the Highland Book Prize website.


In early November 2020, it was announced that the 13 titles selected for the 2020 Highland Book Prize longlist are:

The Nature of Summer by Jim Crumley, published by Saraband (nature and environment).

Cottongrass Summer by Roy Dennis, published by Saraband (nature and conservation).

The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott, published by Walker Books (young adult fiction).

The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford, published by Atlantic Books (fiction).

Plague Clothes by Robert Alan Jamieson, published by Taproot Press (poetry).

To The Lake by Kapka Kassabova, published by Granta (memoir, reportage, travel).

Nàdar De | Some Kind Of by Pàdraig MacAoidh | Peter Mackay, published by Acair Books (poetry, Gaelic and English).

In Search of Angels by Alistair Moffat, published by Birlinn (travel and spirituality).

An Archive of Happiness by Elizabeth K Reeder, published by Penned in the Margins (fiction).

The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the Meaning of Place by Frank Rennie, published by Acair Books (history and nature).

Grimoire by Robin Robertson, published by Picador, Pan Macmillan (poetry).

Summer by Ali Smith, published by Hamish Hamilton (fiction).

Pine by Francine Toon, published by Transworld Publishers (fiction).

The shortlist will be announced by the judges in March 2021, with the winner revealed on 8 May 2021 at an event hosted by the Ullapool Book Festival, the Highland Society of London and Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre.

To find out more about the Highland Book Prize, including how to become involved as a volunteer reader for the 2021 prize, please visit

The Highland Book Prize, established in 2017, celebrates the finest published work that recognises the rich landscape and cultural heritage of the Highlands. This annual prize is open to work in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Presented by the Highland Society of London and facilitated by Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, this literary prize aims to bring recognition to books created in or about the Highlands.

The William Grant Foundation provides funding to encourage public engagement with the Highland Book Prize.

The author of the winning entry receives a cash prize of £1,000 and a week’s writing retreat at Moniack Mhor.

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