Prizes are to be awarded in six categories, for titles published between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020, and for unpublished manuscripts.
Best Fiction Book (Highland Society of London Prize):
Air an Oir, John D. Urquhart (Acair);
An Tiortach Beag agus Sgeulachdan Eile, Morag Ann MacNeil (Acair);
Cuibhle an Fhortain, Morag Law (Luath Press);
Dà Shamhradh ann an Raineach, Graham Cooper (Luath Press).
Best Poetry Book (Derick Thomson Prize):
Ceum air Cheum / Step by Step, Christopher Whyte (Acair);
Cluaintean Uaine, George L. Murray and Donald Gillies (Acair);
Dàin nan Dùil, Deborah Moffatt (CLÀR);
Nàdar De / Some Kind Of, Peter Mackay (Acair).
Best Non-fiction Book (Donald Meek Prize):
Às na Freumhan, Timothy Currie Armstrong (Clò Ostaig);
Eadar Dà Shaoghal / Between Two Worlds, Donald MacLeod (Acair);
Seòl mo Bheatha, Donald E. Meek (CLÀR);
The Highest Apple / An Ubhal As Àirde, ed. Wilson McLeod & Michael Newton (Francis Boutle).
Best Book for Children/Young People:
Calum agus àirne Mhoire, Flora MacDonald (Flora MacDonald);
Mo Ghranaidh agus an Losgann Mòr, Marie C. Macaulay, (Acair);
Tintin: Ciste Chastafiore, Hergé, trans. Raghnaid Sandilands (Dalen Ltd);
Tintin: Slat-rìoghail Rìgh Ottokar, Hergé, trans. Raghnaid Sandilands (Dalen Ltd).
Best Unpublished Manuscript for Children/Young People:
Ailig agus an Dalek Gàidhlig, Shelagh Campbell;
Cèic airson Màiri, William Murray;
Donaidh Dathach, Gwen Bowie;
’S toigh leam slug salach, Ceitidh Hutton.
Best Unpublished Manuscript for Adults:
Àm nan Aisling Àraid, Robbie A. MacLeod;
Anns a’ Chiaradh, Rody Gorman;
cruthan, Nathaniel Harrington;
Linne Dhomhainn, Alistair Paul.
The prizes will be awarded on Thursday, September 17, in an online event which will be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
The Gaelic Books Council is grateful to the Highland Society of London for sponsoring the prize for the best fiction book.
The council also thanks the family of Derick Thomson for their permission to name the prize for best poetry book after their late father.
And it thanks Professor Donald Meek for lending his name to the prize for the best non-fiction book, and for his continued support for the Gaelic Books Council over the years.