Dundee International Book Prize
The 2017 Dundee International Book Prize is now closed (deadline was 13th March).
We have received hundreds of entries from all over the world, and are now working to whittle them down to a shortlist of 10. Watch this space!
Full info, rules, entry form and how to enter are available from the official prize website hosted by our partners at Dundee City Council.
If you any questions please don’t hesitate to be in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dundee International Book Prize is a joint venture between Dundee – One City, Many Discoveries, Freight Books and the University of Dundee. It is supported by the Bridge Awards.
The history of the Dundee International Book Prize
The award, now in its twelfth year, is for an unpublished novel on any theme and in any genre. Dundee is a city which embraces writers – A.L. Kennedy was born and bred in the city and Douglas Dunn, Kate Atkinson, John Burnside, Bill Duncan and Rosamunde Pilcher are amongst the great who have drawn on the City of Discovery for their inspiration over the last two decades.
The winning books have showcased a diverse range of writing talent in a variety of genres. Andrew Murray Scott’s book Tumulus (the winner in 2000) detailed bohemian Dundee through the 60s and 70s to the present day. Claire-Marie Watson’s The Curewife (2002) drew on the tale of Dundee’s last execution of a witch – Grissel Jaffray in 1669. Malcolm Archibald’s Whales for a Wizard (2005) was an adventure story based around the whaling industry in Dundee in the 1860’s. Fiona Dunscombe’s The Triple Point of Water (2007) drew on her experiences of working in Soho during the 1980’s. Chris Longmuir’s Dead Wood (2009) was a grizzly crime novel set in a world of violence and gangland retribution.
Alan Wright’s Act of Murder (2010) was a tale of magic, poisonings and thespians, with some gruesome murders thrown in for good measure. Simon Ashe-Browne’s Nothing Human Left (2011) was a psychological thriller set in a Dublin public school as a schoolboy’s criminal desires reach a frightening conclusion. 2012 saw Jacob M. Appel win with his satirical novel – The Man that Wouldn’t Stand Up. 2013 saw Irish writer Nicola White win with The Rosary Garden which is a smart, sophisticated and deeply moving thriller, while in 2014, Amy Mason took the spoils for her brilliant, fresh, lyrical, fearless, and very funny debut, The Other Ida. 2015’s winner was Martin Cathcart Froden for Devil Take the Hindmost, a gripping historical noir set during the amphetamine-fuelled craze for velodrome racing which took London by storm in the late 1920s. Jessica Thummel was 2016 winner: The Margins is the coming-of-age story of Sam Gavin, a transman who moves from Kansas to San Francisco in the summer of 1989. It will be published in summer 2017.
Make your voice heard, with the Dundee International Book Prize
The Dundee International Book Prize is a joint venture between Dundee – One City, Many Discoveries and the University of Dundee.