EMBA LOGO-400PXThe East Midlands Book Award (EMBA) is a prestigious literary prize awarded annually to the Best Book written by an East Midlands Author.

Every year £1000 is awarded to a writer of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry or Plays. This can include work aimed at children and young people.The aim of the award is to promote writers who live in the East Midlands, to raise the profile of the thriving literary scene in the region, and to reward exceptional work.

Nominations are invited from local, national and international publishers. A panel of judges is chosen each year to shortlist submissions and make the final award. A shortlist of up to six books is announced in April of each year and promoted through bookshops, libraries and reading groups. The award ceremony takes place in early summer.

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The East Midlands Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

EMBA shortlist

photo credit: Ambrose Musiyiwa

The EMBA 2016 shortlist was announced at States of Independent book fair, Leicester on 15th March. Our pimary judges, short-story writer and novelist Dan Powell, and bookshop owner and former president of the Booksellers Association Jane Streeter, put together a very strong list of fiction, poetry, children’s fiction and memoir. They’ll be joined by award-winning novelist (and former EMBA winner) Alison McQueen to make their final decision at the EMBA award ceremony at Lowdham Book Festival in June.

The EMBA 2016 shortlist is:

A Killing Moon by Steven Dunne

The Boy in the Mirror by Tom Preston

Melissa by Jonathon Taylor

Burning Books by Jess Green

The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis

The Princess and the Giant by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton















EMBA 2015


The winner of this year’s East Midlands Book Award was Common Ground by poet DA Prince. She was presented the award by Blake Morrison at a ceremony at  the beautiful Grade II listed Bromley House Library in Nottingham.

Smart by Kim Slater won the Geoffrey Trease Prize for Children’s Writing.

EMBA 2014

Under The Jewelled Sky Alison McQueen

The winner of the East Midlands Book Award 2014 is Alison McQueen for Under The Jewelled Sky.

Steven Dunne was a runner up for The Unquiet Grave.

and Amber Stewart won the Geoffrey Trease Prize for Children’s Writing for Too Small for My Big Bed.

EMBA 2011


In its first year the award went to Mark Goodwin for his poetic adventure Shod. The ceremony was held as part of the Lowdham Book Festival in June 2011, with poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan judging and presenting the award.

EMBA 2012


The award went to Anne Zouroudi for The Whispers of Nemesis. The ceremony was held at the magnificent Haddon Hall as part of Derbyshire Literature Festival, May 2012. The award was judged and presented by composer Gavin Bryars.

EMBA 2013


The winner of the East Midlands Book Award 2013 was Jon McGregor for This Isn’t the Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like you published by Bloomsbury. The ceremony took place on 20 June at the prestigious Barnsdale Lodge, as part of the Oakham Festival, with the £1000 cheque and trophy presented by crime writer John Harvey.

This independent book award is administered by Writing East Midlands.

If you would like to discuss partnering or sponsorship, please contact  jacqueline@writingeastmidlands.co.uk

Contact Jacqueline Gabbitas for further information at jacqueline@writingeastmidlands.co.uk or 0115 959 7929