All the major UK book awards 2019

All the major book awards 2019

Shortlist announcements, judging panels, winners and prize money: everything you need to know about the UK's major book prizes.

We all know the saying 'you shouldn't judge a book by its cover'. However, if that covers boasts that the book was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction or won the Man Booker Prize, then you're likely to judge that book more favourably. Recognition from a book prize leads to exposure, higher book sales and if you're the winner, a nice big cheque. Here we round up all the major UK book awards of 2019. As the longlists and shortlists are announced we'll add those in, so you can keep abreast of the best books in the UK in 2019.

Costa Book Prizes

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Costa Book Award 2018 Category Winners
The Costa Book Awards honours books 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. The 2018 winner was Bart van Es for his novel The Cut Out Girl (Fig Tree). The winner is announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.
Prize: The total prize fund is £60,000. Each of the category winners receives £5,000 and the overall winner receives a further £30,000.
Category Shortlists: End of November 2019
Category Winners: January 2020
Costa Book of the Year announced: January 2020

Wellcome Book Prize

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Wellcome Book Prize 2018 Shortlist
Now in its 10th year, The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the best new books that engage with an aspect of medicine, health or illness. The 2018 winner was To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O'Connell (Granta Books).
Judging Panel: Jon Day, Viv Groskop, Elif Shafak, Kevin Fong and Rick Edwards.
Prize: £30,000
Longlist: 5 February
Shortlist: 19 March
Winner: 1 May
2019 winner: Murmur by Will Eaves (CB Editions)

Wellcome Book Prize 2019 Shortlist:
Amateur: A true story about what makes a man by Thomas Page McBee (Canongate)
Heart: A history by Sandeep Jauhar (Oneworld)
Mind on Fire: A memoir of madness and recovery by Arnold Thomas Fanning (Penguin Random House)
Murmur by Will Eaves (CB editions)
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Jonathan Cape)
The Trauma Cleaner: One woman's extraordinary life in death, decay and disaster by Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing)

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Walter Scott Prize

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Walter Scott Prize 2018 Shortlist
This prize for historical fiction, first awarded in 2000, is open to books published in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. Reflecting the subtitle of Scott's most famous work Waverley: Tis Sixty Years Since, the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago. The 2018 winner was The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose Books)
Prize: £25,000 and a glass trophy for the winner and £1,000 for each shortlisted author
Longlist: 6 March
Shortlist: April
Winner: 15 June at the Borders Book Festival

The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2019 Shortlist:
A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey (Faber & Faber)
After The Party By Cressida Connolly (Penguin)
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey (Vintage)
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller (Europa Editions Inc)
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Johnathon Cape)
The Long Take by Robin Robertson (Picador)

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Women's Prize for Fiction

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Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Shortlist
An annual award for full-length fiction written by a women. The Women's Prize for Fiction is international and accepts entries from across the world. The prize was set up after the 1991 Booker Prize shortlist included no women at all. Last year Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury) picked up the prize.
Judging Panel: Dolly Alderton, Arifa Akbar, Professor Kate Williams (Chair), Leyla Hussein, and Sarah Wood.
Prize: £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine called the 'Bessie'
Longlist: 4 March
Shortlist: 29 April
Winner: 5 June

Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 Shortlist
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Penguin)
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Atlantic Books)
Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber)
Ordinary People by Diana Evans (Vintage Digital)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Oneworld Publications)
Circe by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)

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The Man Booker International Prize

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Man Booker International Prize 2018 Shortlist
The Man Booker International Prize rewards the best work of fiction written in a foreign language, translated into English and published in the UK. The 2018 main prize went to Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Fitzcarraldo Editions).
Judging Panel: Bettany Hughes (Chair), Maureen Freely, Professor Angie Hobbs FRSA, Elnathan John and Pankaj Mishra.
Prize: £50,000 divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. Each shortlisted author and translator receive £1,000.
Longlist: 13 March
Shortlist: 9 April
Winner: 21 May
2019 Winner: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Sandstone Press)

Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shortlist:
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Sandstone Press)
The Years by Annie Ernaux (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
The Pine Islandsby Marion Poschmann (Profile Books, Serpent's Tail)
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (And Other Stories)

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Orwell Book Prize

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Orwell Book Prize 2018 Shortlist
This award focuses on political writing and each year awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art'. As well as the Book Prize they award a Journalism Prize and The Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils. In 2018 the Book Prize was awarded to Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Luath Press Ltd).
Judging Panel: Tulip Siddiq (Chair), Helen Pankhurst, Robbie Millen and Ted Hodgkinson.
Longlist: April
Shortlist: May
Winner: June

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes

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James Tait Black Memorial Prizes 2018 Shortlist
Established in 1919, The James Tait Black Prizes are Britain's oldest literary awards. There are two book prizes, one for fiction and one for biography. Last year's fiction prize winner was Attrib by Eley Williams (Influx Press) and the biography prize was taken by Ma'am Darling by Craig Brown (4th Estate).
Judging Panel: Senior staff from within English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, assisted by a reading panel of postgraduate students
Prize: £10,000 per prize
Shortlist: March
Winner: August, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes Fiction 2019 Shortlist:
Murmur by Will Eaves (CB Editions)
Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray)
Crudo by Olivia Laing (Picador)
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Chatto & Windus).

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes Biography 2019 Shortlist:
Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala (Two Roads)
In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum (Chatto & Windus)
The Life of Stuff: A Memoir about the Mess We Leave Behind by Susannah Walker (Doubleday)
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward Wilson-Lee (William Collins)

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International Dylan Thomas Prize

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International Dylan Thomas Prize
Launched in 2006, the accolade is the largest literary prize in the world for young writers at £30,000. Awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under, the prize is named after the Swansea-born writer, Dylan Thomas. Novels, short stories and poetry are all considered for the award. The 2018 winner was Kayo Chingonyi's poetry anthology Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus).
Judging Panel: Kurt Heinzelman, Dai Smith, Kit De Waal and Di Speirs
Prize: £30,000
Longlist: 31 January
Shortlist: 2 April
Winner: 16 May
2019 Winner: In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (Tinder Press, Headline)

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019 shortlist:
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Riverrun)
Folk by Zoe Gilbert (Bloomsbury Publishing)
In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (Tinder Press, Headline)
Trinity by Louisa Hall (Ecco)
Melmoth by Sarah Perry (Serpent's Tail)
House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Atlantic Books)

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Rathbone Folio Prize

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Rathbone Folio Prize 2018 Shortlist
A prize open to all works of fiction written in English and published in the UK. All genres and forms of literature are eligible, except work written primarily for children. Last year author Richard Lloyd Parry took the prize for his novel Ghosts of the Tsunami (Jonathan Cape).
Judging Panel: Chloe Aridjis, Kate Clancy and Owen Sheers
Prize: £30,000
Shortlist: TBC
Winner: 20 May

Rathbone Folio Prize 2019 Shortlist:
Can You Tolerate This? – Ashleigh Young (Bloomsbury)
The Crossway – Guy Stagg (Picador)
Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile – Alice Jolly (Unbound)
Milkman – Anna Burns (Faber)
Ordinary People – Diana Evans (Chatto and Windus)
The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus (Penned in the Margins)
There There – Tommy Orange (Harvill Secker)
West – Carys Davies (Granta)

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McIlvanney Prize

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McIlvanney Prize 2018 Shortlist
Formerly the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, the prize was renamed in 2016 to honour the late author William McIlvanney. Eligible books are by writers born in Scotland, by writers living in Scotland, or books set in Scotland. Last year Liam McIlvanney won with The Quaker for The Long Drop (HarperCollins).
Prize: £1,000 and a nationwide promotion in Waterstones
Longlist: Jun
Finalists: Aug
Winner: Sep at Bloody Scotland Gala Opening

The Man Booker Prize

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The Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist
First ran in 1969 the Man Booker Prize is awarded to a novel written in English and published in the UK. Hilary Mantel has won the award twice, in 2009 for Wolf Hall and 2012 for Bring Up the Bodies. The 2018 winner was Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber).
Judging Panel: Peter Florence (chair), Afua Hirsch, Liz Calder, Xiaolu Guo and Joanna MacGregor.
Prize: £50,000 for the winner, £2,500 for each of the shortlisted authors
Longlist: 24 August
Shortlist: 3 September
Winner: 14 October

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

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The Baillie Gifford Prize 2018 ShortlistThe 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. It was formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize. Last year the winning book was Serhii Plokhy for his book Chernobyl (Allen Lane).
Judging Panel 2019: Stig Abell (chair), Dr Myriam Francois, Petina Gappah, Dr Xand van Tulleken, Frances Wilson and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
Prize: The winner receives £30,000 and each shortlisted author £1,000
Shortlist: Oct TBC
Winner: Nov TBC

Forward Prizes for Poetry

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The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018 Shortlist
Not one, not two but three prizes for poetry published in Britain and Ireland. Awards are given for the Best Collection, Best First Collection and Best Single Poem. Past winners include Seamus Heaney, Alice Oswald, Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy. In 2018 prizes went to Danez Smith for Don't Call Us Dead (Chatto & Windus). Phoebe Power with Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet) for Best First Collection and Liz Berry's The Republic of Motherhood (Granta) for Best Single Poem.
Judging Panel: Shahidha Bari (chair), Jamie Andrews, Tara Bergin, Andrew McMillan and Carol Rumens.
Prize: £10,000 (Best Collection); £5,000 (Best First Collection); £1,000 (Best Single Poem)
Winner: 20 Sep

Saltire Society Literary Awards

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Saltire Society Book of the Year 2018 Shortlist
The Saltire Society awards six prizes each year, for the best Research Book, History Book, Poetry Book, First Book, Fiction Book and Non-Fiction Book. Of these six categories one book wins the Saltire Book of the Year award. In 2018 that book was Professor Sue Black for All That Remains: A Life in Death (Doubleday).
Judging Panel: TBA
Prize: The winner of each category receives a cash prize of £2,000 and goes on to be considered for the top prize of £6,000, awarded to the Saltire Society Book of the Year.
Category Shortlists: Oct
Winners: Nov TBC

Jhalak Prize

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Jhalak Prize 2018 Shortlist
Founded by authors Sunny Singh and Nikesh Shukla alongside Media Diversified, the Jhalak Prize annually seeks out the best books by British/British resident BAME writers and awards one winner £1,000. Last year the winning book was Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)
Judging Panel: Anna Perera, Sabrina Manfouz, Sarah Shaffi and Siana Bangura
Longlist: 28 Feb
Shortlist: 30 Mar
Winner: 1 May
2019 Winner: In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (Tinder)

Jhalak Prize 2019 Shortlist
The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf (Orion Children's Books )
Natives by Akala
In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (Tinder)
Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)
The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus (Penned in the Margins)
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala (Two Roads)
Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures by Roma Agrawal (Bloomsbury)

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British Book Awards

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The Books of the Year 2018 Fiction: Debut Shortlist
Literary awards celebrating the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops, administered by The Bookseller. In 2018, publisher of the year went to HarperCollins and Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor took book of the year.
Chairs: Philip Jones, Alice O'Keeffee, Benedicte Page, Tom Tivnan, Alison Flood, Fiona Noble, Caroline Sanderson and Charlotte Eyre
Shortlist: March TBC
Winner: 13 May

British Book Awards Debut Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)
Never Greener by Ruth Jones (Bantam Press)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Zaffre)
Dear Mrs Bird by A. J. Pearce (Picador)
Lullaby by Leila Slimani(Faber & Faber)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books)

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British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist
Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)
Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber)
Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)
Tombland by C. J. Sansom (Mantle)
Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims (HarperFiction)

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British Book Awards Children's Fiction Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Macmillan Children's Books)
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli and cover designed by Melissa Castrillo (Usborne)
Head Kid by David Baddiel, illustrated by Steven Lenton (HarperCollins Children's Books)
The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay (Macmillan Children's Books)
The Ice Monster by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross (HarperCollins Children's Books)
My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt (Doubleday)

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Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
Stories for Boys Who Dare To Be Different by Ben Brooks illustrated by Quinton Winter (Quercus)
Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell, illustrated by Kellan Stover (Usborne)
Oi Duck Billed Platypus! by Kes Grey, illustrated by Jim Field (Hodder Children's Books)
Fantastically Great Women who Made History by Kate Pankhurst (Bloomsbury )
You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed, illustrated by Toby Triumph (Wren & Rook)
I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree: A Nature Poem For Every Day Of The Year by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (Nosy Crow)

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British Book Awards Fiction: Crime & Thriller Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
Our House by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (HarperFiction)
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Pan Books)
Close to Home by Cara Hunter (Viking | Penguin Paperbacks)
Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Hogarth)
In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin (Orion)

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British Book Award Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene (4th Estate)
Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and Other Lies) curated by Scarlett Curtis (Penguin)
Bosh! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby (HQ)
Lose Weight for Good by Tom Kerridge (Absolute Press)
Ottolenghi Simple Yotam Ottolenghi and Tara Wigley (Ebury Press)
The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book Ordnance Survey (Trapeze)

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Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
First Man In: Leading from the Front by Ant Middleton
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Secret Barrister by The Secret Barrister
The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story by Christie Watson
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

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British Book Awards AudioBook of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
Milkman by Anna Burns, narrated by Bríd Brennan
Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis, narrated by Richard Armitage
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, narrated by Robert Glenister
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, narrated by Ben Whishaw
First Man In: Leading From the Front written and narrated by Ant Middleton
Becoming written and narrated by Michelle Obama

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