What is the First Book Award?

Our First Book Award celebrates the wealth of new fiction featured in the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme each year.

Every debut novelist and every overseas writer whose words are published in English for the first time is included in the award, along with a selection of young adult fiction.

Unlike other literary prizes, the winner of the First Book Award is selected by you, the readers who champion new writing and who are responsible for making superstars out of debut novelists.

Many of the writers who participate in our Festival programme go on to forge international careers. Our First Book Award enables you to play your part in identifying a future literary legend by reading the books, coming to see the authors in events and, of course, by placing your vote.

Everyone who casts a vote is entered into a prize draw to win all the titles in the award.

The Burning Vote

Laura Bates for The Burning

Rosie Loves Jack Vote

Mel Darbon for Rosie Loves Jack

Slip of a Fish Vote

Amy Arnold for Slip of a Fish

The Wind That Lays Waste

Selva Almada for The Wind That Lays Waste

An Orphan World Vote

Giuseppe Caputo for An Orphan World

The Pact We Made Vote

Layla AlAmmar for The Pact We Made

The Boy Vote

Marcus Malte for The Boy

How We Disappeared Vote

Jing-Jing Lee for How We Disappeared

My Name is Monster Vote

Katie Hale for My Name is Monster

When All is Said Vote

Anne Griffin for When All is Said

Jokes for the Gunmen Vote

Mazen Maarouf for Jokes for the Gunmen

Island Song Vote

Madeleine Bunting for Island Song

The Black Flamingo Vote

Dean Atta for The Black Flamingo

The Catholic School Vote

Edoardo Albinati for The Catholic School

The Doll Factory Vote

Elizabeth Macneal for The Doll Factory

Show Them a Good Time Vote

Nicole Flattery for Show Them a Good Time

You Will Be Safe Here Vote

Damian Barr for You Will Be Safe Here

All the Things We Never Said Vote

Yasmin Rahman for All the Things We Never Said

The Storyteller Vote

Pierre Jarawan for The Storyteller

A Superior Spectre Vote

Angela Meyer for A Superior Spectre

The Six Loves of Billy Binns Vote

Richard Lumsden for The Six Loves of Billy Binns

Last Ones Left Alive Vote

Sarah Davis-Goff for Last Ones Left Alive

A Modern Family Vote

Helga Flatland for A Modern Family

Golden Child Vote

Claire Adam for Golden Child

The Sun on My Head Vote

Geovani Martins for The Sun on My Head

Muscle Vote

Alan Trotter for Muscle

A Good Enough Mother Vote

Bev Thomas for A Good Enough Mother

The Parisian Vote

Isabella Hammad for The Parisian

The Old Drift Vote

Namwali Serpell for The Old Drift

Black Car Burning Vote

Helen Mort for Black Car Burning

My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water Vote

Michelle Steinbeck for My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water

Animals Eat Each Other Vote

Elle Nash for Animals Eat Each Other

A Girl Returned Vote

Donatella Di Pietrantonio for A Girl Returned

A Glass Eye Vote

Miren Agur Meabe for A Glass Eye

A Matter of Interpretation Vote

Elizabeth Mac Donald for A Matter of Interpretation

The Burning Land Vote

George Alagiah for The Burning Land

The Travelers Vote

Regina Porter for The Travelers