The 2018 Prize

The 2018 Walter Scott Prize is now open for entries.

Publishers may submit up to 3 titles per imprint, and must adhere to Walter Scott’s ‘sixty year rule’- the majority of the book must be set at least 60 years ago. The closing date is Wednesday 31st January 2018.  Books must have been first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth countries, between 1st January and 31st December 2017.

Please click here for a copy of the Rules 2018, and here for a Submission form 2018.  Please note that books must be submitted by publishers, and self-published books are not eligible.

The timetable for the 2018 Prize is as follows:

September 2017 : Prize opens for entries from publishers

October 2017:  Judging panel and new Academy members announced

31st January 2018: Prize closes for entries

February 2018: Longlist and ‘Academy Recommends’ lists announced

March 2018: Shortlist announced

14th-17th June 2018: Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, Melrose – Winner of Walter Scott Prize 2018 announced and presented