By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Long List Selected and Entries from 100+ People
Yyou may remember that Scotland’s Highland Book Prize, or The Highland Book Prize, is one of the programs that defined its award categories last year. For example, the 2021 winner, Jen Hadfield, was named in June 2022. So today’s announcement of the longlist is for the 2022 cycle, although the shortlist will be released in April and the winner will be called in May.
A joint presentation of the Highland Society of London and Moniack Mhor—the Highland Book Prize honors fiction, nonfiction and poetry that “recognizes the multi-talented people, place and culture of the Highlands.” .”
The longlist of 12 titles is drawn from an initial pool of 81 submissions and includes works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Submissions were also received from writers who were either born or raised in the Mountains, as well as those who have made the area their home. The shortlist selection process involved more than 100 readers in many parts of the world, a large group of volunteers who ensure that each section is reviewed and scored more than once.
Our readers will note that Scottish-born author Douglas Stuart is on the longlist, after winning his 2020 book. Shuggie Bain with Young Mungoreleased in April by Pan Mac/Picador in the United Kingdom and Grove Press in the States.
Longlist for the 2022 Highland Book Prize
The long list consists of six works of fiction, three of fiction and three of poetry.
The longlist now goes to the Highland Prize judging panel to award a shortlist and winner.
This year, Alex Ogilvie keeps his seat as a chair. Joined by:
- Kapka Kassabova, poet and writer of fiction and nonfiction, whose book Limit (Granta) won the 2017 Highland Book Award
- Mark WringesSenior lecturer in Gaelic language and culture at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands.
- Peter Mackaypoet, lecturer, and broadcaster, whose 2020 collection, Nature Of (Alternative) been on the long list for 2020 Highland Book Prize, and who just passed called the Bard of An Comunn Gtosuitable for 2022 National Mod
In a prepared statement about today’s longlist announcement, Moniak Mhor Center director Rachel Humphries was quoted as saying, “The range of species represented is varied and interesting.
“That one‘it’s nice to see themas something more than a source of influence. Idon’t show the top diameter–quality work published by leading UK publishing houses as well as automatic printing machines. The list includes authors who have achieved true literary success as well as new words.
“The reward, in the fifth year, places High places such as geographical, cultural, and through art important to of the UK width department of literature.”
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