How to submit

Book prize submissions

Submissions for the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes for Fiction and Biography are currently being accepted for works published in 2014.

Publishers are invited to submit books published during 2014. Submissions must be sent to the Department of English Literature by 1 December 2014.

The winners of the £10,000 annual awards are announced in August of the following year at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


In accordance with the wishes of the founder, eligible works of fiction and biographies are those written in English, and first published or co-published in the UK during the calendar year of the award.

Submissions should state the exact date of publication. It helps the work of the assessors if submissions are sent as soon as possible after publication so that reading can be spread throughout the calendar year.

One copy of each submission is sufficient in the first instance.

There is no set limit to the number of eligible books which a publisher may submit for the two prizes.

Autobiographies as well as biographies can be considered for the "Biography" Prize.

The nationality of the writer is irrelevant. Both prizes may go to the same author, but neither to the same author a second time.

Drama prize submissions

Submissions are now open for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014.

Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts to the Department of English Literature by 7 February 2014.

The winner of the £10,000 annual award will be announced in August.

The National Theatre of Scotland will present extracts of the shortlisted plays as a reading at The Traverse Theatre during the August festivals in Edinburgh.


Eligible plays are those over sixty minutes in playing time, originally written in English (including all standard and non-standard varieties) Scots or Gaelic, first produced between 1 January and 31 December 2013, and performed by a professional company for more than six performances.

A typed copy of the script must be sent with details of the first production, which should include venue, company and date. Where possible, proof of production should be sent such as a flyer, review etc.

The submissions must come from the producing company or the agent of the playwright.

The playwright must have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by an industry regulator within the country of production (e.g. in the UK, the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), Equity, Independent Theatre Council (ITC) or Federation of Scottish Theatre).

The production must have had a full production by a professional company using professionally contracted personnel.

Submission address

There are no application forms to complete. Submissions for both the book and drama prizes should be sent to the Department of English Literature.

  • The James Tait Black Prizes
  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • 50 George Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH

For the Drama Prize, a digital copy of the script must also be emailed to Nicola McCartney.

  • Nicola McCartney
  • Lecturer
  • English Literature

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