Sponsors / partners

Nielsen, The Sunday Times

Genres / categories

Children's, Multi-awards

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 25/01/2018

In 2017, the Awards were re-launched to include both print and e-book sales. Silver, Gold & Platinum Awards are presented to single books that have sold over 250,000, 500,000 & 1 million copies respectively. Throughout the year, awards are presented to authors that have achieved outstanding sales in the 21st Century. In January each year, The Bestsellers Awards take place, rewarding authors that have topped the sales charts in 2017.   https://youtu.be/BxYISyv8cUg

Read more about Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book

Genres / categories

Children's

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 15/01/2018

The Bookbug Picture Book Prize is a project delivered by Scottish Book Trust celebrating the very best Scottish picture books and encouraging reading for pleasure in homes, nurseries, primary schools and libraries across the country. The winning picture book is voted for entirely by children across Scotland.

Read more about The Bookbug Picture Book Prize

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £2,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 24/11/2017
Shortlist announced: 04/12/2017
Winner(s) announced: 29/01/2018

In 1972, soon after the death of André Simon, the André Simon Memorial Fund was set up. It was started as a charitable fund by a group of people who felt that the memory of André Simon should be perpetuated. One objective of the Fund is to benefit the public generally in the fields of food and drink, and one of the ways in which the Fund meets this objective is through its Book Awards. The Trustees of the André Simon Memorial Fund announce that they will make awards to the winning authors of new works published in 2017. There …

Read more about Andre Simon Food & Drink Book Awards

Sponsors / partners

Costa Coffee

Genres / categories

Children's, Multi-awards

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 28/06/2017
Shortlist announced: 21/11/2017
Winner(s) announced: 02/01/2018

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January. The Costa Short Story Award was launched in 2012. Although under the umbrella of the Costa Book Awards, it’s judged separately and the winner is voted for by the general public.

Read more about Costa Book Awards

Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 01/05/2018
Longlist announced: 26/06/2018
Shortlist announced: 24/07/2018
Winner(s) announced: 20/10/2018

The Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. Previous winners are – 2011 – AutoFellatio by James Maker 2012 – The Frost Fairs by John McCullough 2013 – The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah 2014 – Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman 2015 – The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan 2016 – The Good Son by Paul McVeigh 2017 – Guapa by Saleem Haddad   The Polari First Book Prize 2018 shortlist is: Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard – Alex Bertie (Wren & Rook) Mussolini’s …

Read more about Polari First Book Prize

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 20/07/2018
Winner(s) announced: 11/10/2018

The Gordon Burn Prize is a partnership between the Gordon Burn Trust, New Writing North, Durham Book Festival and Faber & Faber. The winning writer receives a cheque for £5,000 and is offered the opportunity to undertake a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn’s cottage in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. Gordon Burn was a writer for whom no subject or character was beyond fictionalising. Peter Sutcliffe, Alma Cogan, Duncan Edwards, George Best and Bobby Charlton, Damien Hirst, Gordon Brown, Margaret Thatcher, and even Gordon Burn himself: Burn loved to take characters already burnished in the …

Read more about Gordon Burn Prize

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £2,500

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 26/10/2017

The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham (now better known for Poldark) for The Little Walls. Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA. Most of the awards are nominated by the book’s publishers. For details on schedule, on how to nominate and to submit nominations, visit http://cwadaggers.co.uk/cwa-daggers/

Read more about Crime Writers Association Daggers

Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 15/09/2017
Winner(s) announced: 03/10/2017

It’s the 12th year of the BBC National Short Story Award and No.1 bestselling author Joanna Trollope is chairing the judging panel for 2017. Known as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing today, Trollope is also a long-time short story writer. She has recently published her 20th novel, City of Friends. Joining her on the panel is a formidable line-up of writers who are prizewinners themselves: Eimear McBride (Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction); short story writer and academic Jon McGregor (IMPAC Award); Sunjeev Sahota (Encore Award); and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.

Read more about BBC National Short Story Award 2017

Sponsors / partners

Man Group

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £50,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 24/07/2018
Shortlist announced: 20/09/2018
Winner(s) announced: 16/10/2018

The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales. The shortlist was announced on the 20th of September and the winner announced on the 16th of October. The 2018 Shortlist is: Anna Burns (UK)                                       Milkman (Faber & Faber) Esi Edugyan (Canada)                    …

Read more about The Man Booker Prize

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £2,000/£5,000

The Saltire Society Literary Awards have a proud history of celebrating and bringing wider attention to excellence in all literary forms and is now Scotland’s foremost literary awards. From poetry and plays to novels and non-fiction, the Saltire Literary Awards are a testament to the outstanding calibre of modern Scottish literature in all its varied forms. The Awards celebrate and support literary and academic excellence across six distinct categories with the winner of each of the individual book categories going forward to be considered for the Saltire Book of the Year Award. Previous winners include Michel Faber, Alisdair Gray, Liz …

Read more about The Saltire Society Literary Awards

Sponsors / partners

Baillie Gifford

Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/11/2017

The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is worth £30,000 to the winner.

Read more about The Baillie Gifford Prize

Sponsors / partners

The Financial Times / McKinsey

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 30/06/2018
Shortlist announced: 14/09/2018
Winner(s) announced: 12/11/2018

The winner of the £30,000 prize will go to the book that is judged to have provided the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, with £10,000 awarded to each runner-up.

Read more about Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book Award

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 23/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 29/09/2018
Winner(s) announced: 14/11/2018

The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best.

Read more about The Goldmiths Prize

Sponsors / partners

William Hill

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £29,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 25/08/2017
Longlist announced: 04/09/2017
Shortlist announced: 02/10/2017
Winner(s) announced: 28/11/2017

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year is an annual British sports literary award sponsored by bookmaker William Hill. The award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing and was first awarded in 1989.

Read more about William Hill Sports Book of the Year

Sponsors / partners

National Book Tokens

Genres / categories

Children's, Multi-awards

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 21/11/2017

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are a unique set of awards. They are the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops, with the winners voted for by booklovers. Five shortlists are chosen by booksellers across the UK & Ireland: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography & Autobiography, Children’s and Breakthrough Author. A special Readers Choice Award; voted for entirely by booklovers; and a Beautiful Book Ward; voted for entirely by booksellers, complete the set. The Book Are My Bag Readers Awards are sponsored by National Book Tokens.

Read more about Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

Sponsors / partners

$10,000

Genres / categories

International

Prize money: $10,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 12/09/2017
Shortlist announced: 04/10/2017
Winner(s) announced: 15/11/2017

The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.

Read more about National Book Award

Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/11/2017

The World Fantasy Awards are a set of awards given each year for the best fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year. Organised and overseen by the World Fantasy Convention, the awards are given each year at the eponymous annual convention as the central focus of the event.

Read more about World Fantasy Awards

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: $75,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 16/06/2018
Winner(s) announced: 17/11/2018

The Cundill History Prize recognizes and rewards the best history writing in English. A prize of US$75,000 is awarded annually to the book that embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal. The two runners-up each receive US$10,000. Administered by McGill University in Montreal and awarded by a distinguished jury, the Cundill History Prize honours the abiding passion for history of its founder, F. Peter Cundill, by encouraging informed public debate through the wider dissemination of history writing to new audiences around the world.

Read more about The Cundill History Prize

Genres / categories

International

Prize money: $25,000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 27/09/2017
Winner(s) announced: 18/11/2017

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature celebrates the rich and varied world of literature of the South Asian region. Authors could belong to this region through birth or be of any ethnicity but the writing should pertain to the South Asian region in terms of content and theme. The prize brings South Asian writing to a new global audience through a celebration of the achievements of South Asian writers, and aims to raise awareness of South Asian culture around the world.

Read more about The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Genres / categories

International

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/11/2017

Exclusively Indian, inclusive in every other sense, the Raymond Crossword Book Awards bring together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers and publishers – like no other awards. When Raymond Crossword Book Awards was first launched in 1998, the idea was to encourage Indian writing and Indian authors. Raymond Crossword Book Awards not only recognize and reward good writing, but also actively promote Indian authors and their books – making it the only Indian award of its kind to do so. The only Literary Award in India for the Indian Authors spread across Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Translations and Popular …

Read more about Raymond Crossword Book Awards

Genres / categories

Multi-awards

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 16/11/2017

The BPIF are proud to announce the launch of the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards in association with Oxford Brookes University, The Bookseller, The Publishers Association and BookMachine. As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the awards recognise and promote the excellence of the British book design and production industry by celebrating the best books of the year. These include everything from photographic books, art and architecture monographs, to scholarly, academic and reference books. Entries for the Awards must be published, designed, typeset, printed or bound by the entrant in the UK. …

Read more about British Book Design and Production Awards

Sponsors / partners

An Post

Genres / categories

Children's, International, Multi-awards

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 07/09/2018
Shortlist announced: 25/10/2018
Winner(s) announced: 27/11/2018

The An Post Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish literary talent. The Awards dinner has become the major event in the literary calendar with some of Ireland’s, and indeed the world’s, most recognised authors gathering together in a spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition to celebrate the success of the past year. The Awards consist of a range of categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and Teen and Young …

Read more about An Post Irish Book Awards

Sponsors / partners

The Royal Society of Literature

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £10,000/£5,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 02/10/2017
Winner(s) announced: 01/11/2017

The Royal Society of Literature is establishing annual awards for first-time writers of non-fiction – in perpetuity – because of a generous bequest from author and RSL Fellow Giles St Aubyn. Giles St Aubyn, who died in 2015 aged 89, wrote 14 non-fiction books and taught history for nearly 40 years at Eton College.

Read more about RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction

Sponsors / partners

The Society of Authors

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £1,000

An annual award of £1,000 for a short story, financed by a bequest made by Miss Nellie Tom-Gallon in memory of her brother.

Read more about The Tom-Gallon Trust Award

Sponsors / partners

The Society of Authors

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £4,000

Tom McKitterick, the former editor of Political Quarterly and author of an unpublished novel, endowed the McKitterick Prize which was first awarded in 1990. It is given annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished.

Read more about McKitterick Prize

Sponsors / partners

The Society of Authors

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

W. Somerset Maugham set up a fund in 1947 to enable young writers to enrich their work by gaining experience of foreign countries. The awards are given for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

Read more about The Somerset Maugham Awards

Sponsors / partners

The Society of Authors

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

The Eric Gregory Awards, for a collection by poets under the age of 30, were founded in 1960 by the late Dr Eric Gregory for the encouragement of young poets.

Read more about The Eric Gregory Awards

Sponsors / partners

The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 02/06/2018
Shortlist announced: 29/10/2018
Winner(s) announced: 07/12/2018

The Sunday Times/ Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award is an annual award, made possible by the Sunday Times and the literary agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop, in association with the University of Warwick. The prize of £5,000 is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years. There are three awards of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be the work of the most outstanding literary merit. The result of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + …

Read more about The Sunday Times/ Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award

Genres / categories

International

Prize money: $80,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/12/2018

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. The 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards mark 10 years of celebrating great contemporary Australian literature. Up to $100,000 is awarded in each category: $80,000 for each winner and $5,000 for each shortlisted entry. All prizes are tax-free. There are six categories: Fiction Non-fiction Australian history Poetry Young adult literature Children’s literature

Read more about Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Established by the Portico Library, Manchester in 1985, the Portico Prize for Literature is awarded biennially to the highest quality books set wholly or mainly in the North of England and is supported by the Arts Council England and The Zochonis Charitable Trust. The Portico Prize celebrates the strong regional and literary identity of the North of England with the aim of raising awareness of the diversity of its cultural, literary and historical heritage. The Portico Library has a long association with northern writers, many of whom have been, or are members of the Library. The Portico Library is a …

Read more about The Portico Prize for Literature

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £5,000 for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with the Authors' Club

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 09/01/2018
Winner(s) announced: 01/02/2018

Launched in 2015, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards seek to celebrate the best travel writing, and travel writers, in the world. Awards in the 2016 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards: – Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with The Authors’ Club – £5,00 prize – Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing – Specsavers Fiction (with a Sense of Place) – Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year – National Book Tokens Children’s Travel Book of the Year – Lonely Planet Pathfinders Travel Blog of the Year – Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of The Year …

Read more about Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

Sponsors / partners

JW3

Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £4,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 01/11/2017
Shortlist announced: 02/01/2018
Winner(s) announced: 15/02/2018

The annual JQ Wingate Literary prize is awarded to the best book – fiction or non-fiction – to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. It is the only UK literary prize of its kind and, as such, attracts nominations from all over the globe. Previous winners include Amos Oz, Zadie Smith, Oliver Sacks, Otto Dov Kulka and David Grossman. Now in its 41st year, the £4,000 prize is run in association with JW3.

Read more about JQ-Wingate Literary Prize

Genres / categories

International

Prize money: £2000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 17/01/2018
Winner(s) announced: 01/03/2018

Awarded annually, biennially or every three years, our translation prizes recognize outstanding translations from works in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. The translation Prizes evening is hosted every year with £2000 presented to winning and commended translators.

Read more about Translation Prizes

Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 06/02/2017
Winner(s) announced: 13/03/2017

For just over fifty years, the Romantic Novelists’ Association has recognised and given awards for the very best in romantic fiction, with its ‘Romantic Novel of the Year’ and its ‘Love Story of the Year’ Awards. The awards are constantly evolving to keep pace with changes in the genre. Further Awards for Romantic Comedy of the Year and Historical Romantic Novel of the Year were added in 2011 and in 2012, the Awards were further extended, restructured and renamed. And in 2015, the RoNA Rose award, which was previously announced separately, was included as a category for the first time, competing with …

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Sponsors / partners

Swedish Arts Council

Prize money: £430,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 15/05/2017
Shortlist announced: 14/10/2017
Winner(s) announced: 30/03/2018

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented every year. The award money is SEK 5 million, making it the largest international children’s and young adult literature award in the world. The award total indicates that reading by children and young adults is extremely important. The total is also intended to inspire anyone involved in children’s literature. The award is presented to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters. The award may be presented to a single laureate or to several, regardless of language or nationality. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.

Read more about Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Sponsors / partners

Waterstones

Genres / categories

Children's, Multi-awards

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/03/2018

The Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize began life back in 2005, with Stuart Hill’s fantasy The Cry of the Icemark bagging the inaugural award. The Prize now covers three key areas of children’s publishing – Picture Books, Younger Fiction and Older Fiction. Each year, of the three category winners from the 18-strong shortlist, one title will also have the honour of walking away with the overall Prize.

Read more about Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize

Genres / categories

Children's

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/03/2018

The enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children since 2000.

Read more about Blue Peter Book Awards

Sponsors / partners

The Sunday Times / EFG Private Bank

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 28/09/2017
Winner(s) announced: 26/04/2018

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest short story prize, with the winner presented with £30,000 and each of the shortlisted writers receiving £1,000. The award is given to a published writer, from any country, for a single short story of up to 6,000 words.   2018 WINNER *Courtney Zoffness wins 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story Peanuts Aren’t Nuts. Zoffness is only the second woman ever to win the prize. She triumphed over an all-American shortlist that included four other women. Click here for the full story.   Previous winners: 2017 – Half …

Read more about The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Sponsors / partners

Audible

Genres / categories

Multi-awards

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 09/04/2018

The CAMEOs are a collaboration between London Book & Screen Week and the Publishers Association to recognise the integral role books play within the creative industries as an inspiration for plays, film, TV and games. With the creative industries now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy, it is a chance to recognise some of the most exciting contributions from individuals across the sector, from authors to directors, agents, publishers and producers.

Read more about CAMEO Awards

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 08/09/2017
Longlist announced: 08/02/2018
Shortlist announced: 20/03/2018
Winner(s) announced: 30/04/2018

The Wellcome Book Prize is an annual award, open to new works of fiction or non-fiction. To be eligible for entry, a book should have a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness. This can cover many genres of writing – including crime, romance, popular science, sci fi and history. At some point, medicine touches all our lives. Books that find stories in those brushes with medicine are ones that add new meaning to what it means to be human. The subjects these books grapple with might include birth and beginnings, illness and loss, pain, …

Read more about Wellcome Book Prize

Genres / categories

International

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/04/2018

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages.

Read more about International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Genres / categories

International, Multi-awards

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 10/04/2018

Held in partnership with The Publishers Association, The International Excellence Awards are a grand celebration of publishing and related activities outside the UK. There are many awards in existence in UK; the thinking behind creating this new initiative in 2014 was based on LBF wanting to create something specific for the huge number of International markets outside the UK. LBF wanted to look outward, to celebrate and showcase the wonderful activities of the rest of the world’s publishing activity.

Read more about London Book Fair International Excellence Awards

Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 31/12/2017
Winner(s) announced: 02/04/2018

The BSFA Awards are awarded each year to the best Novel, Short fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association. The BSFA awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary …

Read more about British Science Fiction Association Awards

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/04/2018

The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography was established in 2003 in affectionate memory of Elizabeth Longford, the acclaimed biographer, and is sponsored by Flora Fraser and Peter Soros. This £5,000 prize is awarded annually for a historical biography published in the preceding year.

Read more about Elizabeth Longford Prize

Sponsors / partners

Man

Genres / categories

International

Prize money: £50,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 12/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 12/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 22/05/2018

From 2005 to 2015 the Man Booker International Prize highlighted one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. Worth £60,000, the prize was awarded every two years to a living author who published fiction either originally in English or whose work was generally available in translation in the English language. On 7 July 2015, the Booker Prize Foundation announced that the Man Booker International Prize was to evolve from 2016 to a prize for fiction in translation and join forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The newly evolved prize is awarded annually for a single work of …

Read more about The Man Booker International Prize

Sponsors / partners

The Bookseller / Hay Festival

Genres / categories

Children's

Prize money: £2000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 01/03/2018
Winner(s) announced: 31/05/2018

Launched in 2014, The YA Book Prize is awarded annually to the best young adult book written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. It is the first UK and Ireland prize to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. The prize celebrates great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books. Worth £2,000 to the winning author, the prize is powered by the Bookseller and is run in partnership with the Hay Festival, where …

Read more about YA Book Prize powered by The Bookseller

Sponsors / partners

Rathbones

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £20,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

The Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK. All genres and all forms of literature are eligible, except work written primarily for children. The format of first publication may be print or digital. The Prize will be awarded in May for books published in the previous calendar year.

Read more about Rathbones Folio Prize

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £40,000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 02/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

Established in 1972, the Wolfson History Prize aims to recognise and reward the best historical writing produced in the UK. The annual prize of £40,000 is awarded to the author whose book is judged to best combine readability and excellence in research.

Read more about Wolfson History Prize

Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

Recognising the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing.

Read more about Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

Launched in 2006, the annual International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers, aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. It celebrates and nurtures international literary excellence. The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. Dylan Thomas, the quintessential adolescent writer, was ideally suited to serve as an inspiration to young writers everywhere. The freshness and immediacy of his writing were qualities that he never lost. The Prize seeks to ensure that readers today will have the …

Read more about The International Dylan Thomas Prize

Sponsors / partners

The Bookseller, multiple category sponsors

Genres / categories

Children's, Multi-awards

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 14/05/2018

The British Book Awards or Nibbies honours and celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops. Organised by The Bookseller, it culminates in the stand-out event of the publishing year, The British Book Awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel. Alongside trade accolades such as publisher of the year and book retailer of the year, The British Book Awards announces seven individual books of the year: Children’s; Debut fiction; Fiction; Crime & Thriller; Non-fiction: Lifestyle; Non-fiction: Narrative and (new in 2018) AudioBook. An overall Book of the Year is then chosen from the individual winners. Also new in 2018, The …

Read more about The British Book Awards

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

A national competition aimed at finding, supporting & promoting new and undiscovered works.

Read more about The People’s Book Prize

Genres / categories

International

Prize money: £1,500/£150

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 31/03/2018
Winner(s) announced: 29/06/2018

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges.

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Genres / categories

International, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: €100,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 06/11/2017
Shortlist announced: 05/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 13/06/2018

Books are nominated  for the Award by invited public libraries in cities throughout the world – making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library. Each year a panel of distinguished international judges is put in place under a non-voting chair. They have the epic task of considering each book from the longlist and narrowing it down to a shortlist of up to 10 titles. They must then enter deliberations to come up with the final winner by June of each year. The Award is given annually. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to …

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Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £2000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 27/06/2018

The Cholmondeley Awards for Poets were founded by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley in 1966 to recognise the achievement and distinction of individual poets.

Read more about The Cholmondeley Award

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 24/11/2017
Longlist announced: 23/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 27/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 20/06/2018

The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors is commemorated with this award. The Desmond Elliott Prize is given to a debut novel from any genre. The judges look for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting characters and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. Every winner since the first in 2008 has gone on to be shortlisted for, and in many …

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Sponsors / partners

Tawani Foundation of Chicago

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: $100,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 04/06/2018

The Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing is a literary award given annually by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. First awarded in 2007, it is a lifetime achievement award for military writing, sponsored by the Tawani Foundation of Chicago.

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Genres / categories

Children's

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 04/06/2018

The Children’s Book Award is the only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish. It is highly regarded by parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and children’s authors and illustrators as it truly represents the children’s choice. Thanks to the support of the publishers, over 1,000 new books are donated to be read and reviewed by our Testing Groups across the country every year, with over 150,000 total votes being cast in the process. At the end of each testing year, nearly 12,000 books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by our groups.

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Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 19/06/2018

Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund prizes for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic, but not experimental, style.

Read more about The Betty Trask Prize and The Betty Trask Awards

Genres / categories

Genre, Multi-awards

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 10/05/2018
Winner(s) announced: 07/06/2018

The Sports Book Awards are the major annual promotion for sports writing and publishing, the awards exist to highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year, to showcase their merits and to enhance their reputation and profile. Awards: Autobiography of the Year International Autobiography of the Year Biography of the Year Cricket Book of the Year Football Book of the Year Rugby Book of the Year Cycling Book of the Year Illustrated Book of the Year New Writer of the Year Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCjb0n9BCHA

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Sponsors / partners

Deloitte / Baileys / Natwest

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 08/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 23/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 06/06/2018

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Previously known as the Baileys Prize for Fiction until 2016 and the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012, the prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The award celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world. Through the initiatives and promotions set up by the WPFF, even appearing on the shortlist significantly boosts a novel’s sales and ensures an author’s work will be promoted in bookshops and libraries …

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Tenderstem

Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 04/06/2018

The Awards are one of the highest accolades in food media and are organised by the membership organisation for professionals in the sector. Judged by members, the 14 awards celebrate the very best in professional food writing, broadcasting and publishing.

Read more about Guild of Food Writers Awards

Sponsors / partners

Carnegie UK Trust / Arts Council England

Genres / categories

Children's

Key dates

Longlist announced: 15/02/2018
Shortlist announced: 15/03/2018
Winner(s) announced: 18/06/2018

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’ – they are the gold standard in children’s literature. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Read more about The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £3,000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 18/05/2018
Winner(s) announced: 25/06/2018

The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, The Orwell Foundation awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. The Book Prize is for a book or pamphlet, whether fiction or non-fiction, first published in the calendar year preceding the year of the Prize. For example, the Orwell Prize 2017 is for work first published in the calendar year 2016. ‘Political’ is defined in the broadest sense, including (but not limited to) entries addressing political, social, cultural, moral and historical subjects.   *Rapper Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey …

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Genres / categories

Children's, Multi-awards

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 04/06/2018

Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) is a campaign run by the Booksellers Association and its members to celebrate independent bookshops on the high streets of the UK & Ireland. Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2017 winners were: Adult Category Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber) Children’s Category A Poem for Every Night of the Year, edited by Allie Esiri (Macmillan Children’s Books) Picture Book Category Tidy by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children’s Books)

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Theakston Old Peculier

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £3,000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 25/05/2018
Winner(s) announced: 19/07/2018

The Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award is the UK’s top crime-fiction award, sponsored by Theakston’s Old Peculier. It is awarded annually at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in the UK, held every July, as part of the Harrogate International Festivals.   Previous winners: 2017: Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre 2016: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh 2015: Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

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Genres / categories

International, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 31/01/2018
Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.   *Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika wins 2018 Caine Prize of £10,000 for short story Fanta Blackcurrant. Click here to read full story.   Previous winners: 2017: The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra Al-Fadil, translated by Max Shmookkler. …

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Genres / categories

Children's

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

The UKLA Book Awards seek to celebrate children’s books in order to: – encourage teachers to increase their professional and personal knowledge of recently published high quality children’s books – promote the place of books for young people in all educational settings from nursery to key stage 4 The books selected for the award will be titles that teachers can share with pupils as part of regular classroom experience, eg to: read for pleasure in the teacher’s read aloud programme to the whole class inspire extended response from learners (through discussion, creative interaction or understanding the wider curriculum) be the …

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PEN

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £2,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

The Hessell-Tiltman prize of £2,000 is awarded annually for a non-fiction book of specifically historical content. Entrants are to be books of high literary merit – that is, not primarily written for the academic market – and can cover all historical periods. Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman was a member of PEN during the 1960s and 1970s. On her death in 1999 she bequeathed £100,000 to the PEN Literary Foundation to found a prize in her name.

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SFX Magazine

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £2018

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 18/07/2018

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain. The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a generous grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The winner is judged by a jury panel and selected from an initial shortlist of six eligible novels. The panel of judges is made up of a voluntary body of distinguished writers, critics and fans with …

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Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

This award is given to a literary autobiography of excellence, for which it is felt that J.R. Ackerley would have expressed enthusiasm. This prize was first awarded in 1982. Following the death of Joe Randolph Ackerley (1896 – 1967), author and long-time literary editor of The Listener magazine, his sister Nancy endowed a literary prize in his memory. Ackerley’s posthumous royalties continue to provide capital for this award. A longlist of eligible books is nominated by the judges, who are the Trustees of the fund set up for this purpose. The award is given to a literary autobiography of excellence, written by …

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Genres / categories

Children's

Prize money: £2,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 24/08/2018

The Kelpies Prize is an annual prize for new Scottish writing for children run by publisher Floris Books. Previous winners include Emily Illett for The Girl Who Lost her Shadow in 2017 and this years winner is Hannah Foley for the The Lost Wizard of Nine Witches Wood. 

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Wainwright Golden Beer

Genres / categories

Genre

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 16/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 05/07/2018
Winner(s) announced: 02/08/2018

The Wainwright Prize seeks to reward the best writing on the outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing and is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer. The prize will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing and culture and a celebration of the outdoors. The 2017 winner was Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJb4X2XmTVE  

Read more about The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize

Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 20/08/2018

The James Tait Black Prizes for Fiction and Biography are awarded annually for the best works in each genre published in the previous year. The two awards, each of £10,000, are the only prizes of their kind to be presented by a university and they have acquired an international reputation for recognising excellence in biography and fiction. In 2012 the drama category was added to the prize where judges award the prize to a play that makes a significant and unique contribution to the art form and displays an original voice in theatre and also receives £10,000. All prizes are presented during the Edinburgh Fringe. The …

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Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 02/08/2018
Winner(s) announced: 01/10/2018

Since 1988 the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize has celebrated outstanding popular science writing and authors. Open to books written for a non-specialist audience, hundreds of entries are submitted by publishers from all over the world. Over the decades, the Prize has celebrated some notable winners including Bill Bryson, Stephen Hawking, Brian Greene and more recently Andrea Wulf. Each year the panel of expert judges comprising eminent scientists, authors and media personalities choose the book that they believe makes popular science writing compelling and accessible to the public. The 2018 prize was awarded to Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore for her …

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Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 21/10/2018

The British Fantasy Awards are administered annually by the British Fantasy Society (BFS) and were first awarded in 1976. The current award categories are Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award), Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award), Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Independent Press, Best Artist, Best Anthology, Best Collection, Best Comic/Graphic Novel, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award), while the Karl Edward Wagner Award for “important contribution to the genre or the Society” is given at the discretion of the BFS committee. The membership of the BFS vote to determine the shortlists of …

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Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000/£5,000/£1,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 18/09/2018

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most coveted awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland: they have played an key role in bringing contemporary poetry to the attention of the wider public for quarter of a century. They were set up in 1991 by philanthropist William Sieghart to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience, and are awarded to published poets for work in print in the last year. The three prizes – £10,000 for Best Collection, £5,000 for Best First Collection and £1,000 for Best Single Poem – are unique in honouring both the work of established …

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Sponsors / partners

Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland Financial Services

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £2,500

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 06/09/2017

The New Angle Prize for Literature is a £2,500 biennial award sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland Financial Services, for a book of literary merit set in or influenced by the region of East Anglia.

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