The University of Dundee and Dundee City Council have today issued a statement announcing the cancellation of this year’s Dundee International Book Prize. Their statement reads:
‘Thank you for your patience as we have tried to find a way forward with the 2017 Dundee International Book Prize. We are sincerely sorry that we have kept you waiting on an outcome to the prize and thank you for your patience with us.
Without being in a position to guarantee publication of the winning title – which we feel to be a very key component of the prize – with much regret, we feel that the prize is unable to proceed this year. The delay has been occasioned by necessary conversations with the various partners involved about how best to proceed. We have been working very hard to find a satisfactory solution to this, and one that would support the winning author and title, hence an ever-growing delay in the competition timeline and communications from us, for which we can only apologise, but ultimately it has not been possible.
In the spirit of total transparency: the prize had reached the first stage sift. However we didn’t proceed beyond that stage to shortlist, as we wanted to ensure we were acting in the best interests of all entrants: that is – we didn’t want to raise hopes and expectations while any uncertainty existed. Now we have assessed the options open to us and the direction the prize would need to take going forward, and this is the conclusion we have reached.
We greatly appreciate the interest writers have shown in the prize this year and in previous years, and wish you the very best in your future writing endeavours.’