The Gaelic Literature Awards 2022


Rules and Information

Deadline for entries: 5.00pm, Saturday 30th April 2022

The Gaelic Literature Awards are open to Scottish Gaelic books published in any country between 1st May 2021 and 30th April 2022 and in one of the following genres:

  • Poetry – The Derick Thomson Prize, sponsored by the Scottish Poetry Library
  • Fiction – The Highland Society of London Prize
  • Non-fiction – The Donald Meek Award
  • Children / young people

The Gaelic Literature Awards are also open to original Scottish Gaelic manuscripts of book length, unpublished by the competition closing date, and in one of the following genres:

  • Writing for children / young people
  • Writing for adults
Entry forms

Each submission must be accompanied by the relevant entry form. Download the entry form for published books and unpublished manuscripts.

Submission guidelines

– At least 50% of the text for entries to the Gaelic Literature Awards must be in Scottish Gaelic.
– Entries for unpublished manuscripts must be in Word format with 12-point font and double-spaced. All pages must be numbered and include the title of the piece. The author’s name must not appear on any page of the submission (except on the entry form) as those categories will be judged anonymously.
– Before the deadline, three (3) copies of published books, with an accompanying entry form, should be sent to:
The Gaelic Literature Awards, The Gaelic Books Council, 32 Mansfield Street,
Glasgow G11 5QP
– Before the deadline, entries for unpublished manuscripts should be sent by email, with an accompanying entry form, to: [email protected].
– Applicants will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt by email when their entry has been received.
Saturday 30th April 2022 at 5.00pm is the final deadline for entries. Any entries received after the deadline will not be considered.
– Entries will be judged by an independent panel. The panel’s decision will be final.

FAQs

Are the Gaelic Literature Awards open to entries available only in e-book or audiobook format?
Not this year. We hope to extend the Gaelic Literature Awards in future years to include additional categories.
Are the Gaelic Literature Awards open to books that have been self-published?
Yes, on condition that they have been published to a professional standard and have individual ISBNs.
Are the Gaelic Literature Awards open to entries translated from another language into Scottish Gaelic?
The competition for published books is open to entries translated into Scottish Gaelic from another language. The competition for unpublished manuscripts is not open to entries translated into Scottish Gaelic from another language – the work should be new and original.
Are the Gaelic Literature Awards open to reprints or only to books first published during the year of competition?
Entries for reprints will not be accepted – the competition aims to encourage new writing. If a new edition of a book is published with significant changes or substantial additional text, it will be accepted for entry at the judges’ discretion.
Are the Gaelic Literature Awards open to entries written in other languages on Scottish Gaelic-related subjects, but which contain very little Scottish Gaelic text?
At least 50% of a submitted text should be written in Scottish Gaelic to be eligible for the competition.
Is a piece of work that was previously entered for the Donald Meek Award eligible for entry to the Gaelic Literature Awards?
A published book is eligible for entry to the Gaelic Literature Awards even if the unpublished manuscript was previously considered for the Donald Meek Award on condition it did not win a prize. It is not permitted to enter the unpublished category of the Gaelic Literature Awards with a manuscript that was previously entered for the Donald Meek Award.
Is a piece of work that was previously entered for the unpublished manuscript category of the Gaelic Literature Awards eligible for entry again to the same category?
It is not permitted to enter the unpublished category of the Gaelic Literature Awards with a manuscript that was previously entered.


A shortlist for the Gaelic Literature Awards will be announced in August 2022. The winners of the Gaelic Literature Awards will be announced on Thursday 15th September 2022.

For any further questions about the Gaelic Literature Awards, please contact us at [email protected] or 0141 337 6211.