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Book submissions

Submissions for the James Tait Black Prizes for Fiction and Biography for works published in 2021.

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

Eligibility

Eligible works of fiction and biography are those written in or translated into English and published in the calendar year of the award. Any book submitted should be available for purchase in the UK.

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.

It would be extremely helpful to receive three copies of each submission.

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

Biography is understood to include autobiography, memoir, and other forms of life-writing.

Translations will be considered.

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

Submission address

If you are in a position at the present time to submit books for consideration for the James Tait Black Prizes in Fiction and in Biography and wish to do so, we ask that you address your submissions direct to the offices of the respective judges, as follows:

The James Tait Black Prizes for Biography

  • c/o Dr Simon Cooke

Address

Street

English Literature
School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures
The University of Edinburgh
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9LH

The James Tait Black Prizes for Fiction

  • c/o Dr Benjamin Bateman

Address

Street

English Literature
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
The University of Edinburgh
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9LH

Please be aware that it may not always be possible to confirm receipt of books immediately, but all submissions will be logged.