Dundee International Book Prize

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The Dundee International Book Prize bills itself as the UK's premier prize for debut novelists. It includes a £5,000 cash award.[1][2] The annual award is for an unpublished debut novel on any theme and in any genre, written in the English language.[3] The Dundee International Book Prize is a joint venture between Dundee – One City, Many Discoveries and the University of Dundee. Entrants are worldwide.[4] The prize was published by Birlinn from 2000 till 2010, with Cargo taking over from 2011 to 2014, and Freight Books from 2014 to the present.

The 2017 prize was cancelled, after the first stage sift had taken place.[5]


Andrew Murray Scott's book Tumulus (inaugural winner 2000) detailed bohemian Dundee through the 60s and 70s to the present day. Claire-Marie Watson's The Curewife won in 2002 and detailed Dundee's last execution of a witch – Grissel Jaffray in 1669. Malcolm Archibald's Whales for a Wizard which won in 2005 was an adventure story based around the whaling industry in Dundee in the 1860s. Fiona Dunscombe's The Triple Point of Water (2007) drew on her experiences of working in Soho during the 1980s. 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. Jacob Appel's The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up was a satire of Post-9/11 patriotism in the United States. In 2014 Amy Mason won for her novel The Other Ida.[6] Martin Cathcart Froden who is originally from Sweden, fought off tough competition winning the 2015 prize with his page turner – Devil Take The Hindmost in which he brilliantly evokes the seedier side of interwar London. Devil Take the Hindmost was published by Freight Books in June 2016. Jessica Thummel was 2016 winner. The Cure for Lonely (originally titled 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.


  1. ^ "Win £10,000 in Dundee International Book Prize". Inkwell Group. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Dundee International Book Prize launches search for next winning author". The Courier. 26 January 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Dundee International Book Prize: Rules". Dundee International Book Prize. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Dundee International Book Prize 2011". Scotland.org. 22 December 2010. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Dundee International Book Prize 2017 cancelled". BBC News. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Amy Mason scoops Dundee International Book Prize award". BBC News. 24 October 2014.

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