All the major UK book awards 2020

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 2020. As the longlist and shortlists are announced we'll add those in, so you can keep abreast of the best books in the UK in 2020.

In the meantime you can check previous longlists and shortlists on Amazon.

Costa Book Prizes

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Costa Book Award 2019 Shortlist nominees
The Costa Book Awards honour 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 2019 winner was The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather (WH Allen). The winner is announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.

Judging Panel: TBC
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: November
Winner: January 2021

Wellcome Book Prize

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Wellcome Book Prize 2019 Shortlist
Running for over ten years, The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the best new books that engage readers whilst exploring topics of medicine, health or illness. The 2019 winner was Murmur by Will Eaves (CB Editions).

In 2020 the Wellcome Book Prize takes a break and the team issued the following statement: 'Wellcome Collection has announced today that the Wellcome Book Prize will be pausing to allow the team to reflect and to plan for the future of the prize.

We're extremely proud of the success of the prize, which celebrates exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Wellcome Collection regularly reviews core programmes and initiatives so we can make sure they remain relevant, impactful and responsive to our audiences. Following the success of the tenth year of the prize, we've decided to take a pause and reflect, just as we did in 2013.'

View the Wellcome Book Prize 2019 Shortlistt and Longlist on Amazon.

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

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Walter Scott Prize 2019 Longlist
This prize for historical fiction, first awarded in 2010, 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 2019 winner was The Long Take by Robin Robertson (Picador).

Judging Panel: TBC
Prize: £25,000 and a glass trophy for the winner and £1,000 for each shortlisted author
Longlist: March
Shortlist: April
Winner: The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey.

Walter Scott Prize 2020 Longlist:
The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey (Atlantic) WINNER
The Parisian by Isabella Hammad (Jonathan Cape) SHORTLISTED
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee (OneWorld)
To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek (Canongate) SHORTLISTED
The Offing by Benjamin Myers (Bloomsbury)
The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan (Serpent's Tail)
Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor (Harvill Secker) SHORTLISTED
The Redeemed by Tim Pears (Bloomsbury) SHORTLISTED
A Sin Of Omission by Marguerite Poland (Penguin South Africa) SHORTLISTED
Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield (Doubleday)
This Is Happiness by Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)
The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood (Picador)

View the 2020 Longlist on Amazon or view the 2019 Shortlist and 2019 Longlist on Amazon.

Women's Prize for Fiction

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Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 Longlist
An annual award for full-length fiction written by a woman. 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 and in 2020 celebrates its 25 anniversary. The 2019 winner was An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Oneworld Publications).

Judging Panel: Martha Lane Fox (Chair), Scarlett Curtis, Melanie Eusebe, Viv Groskop and Paula Hawkins
Prize: £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine called the 'Bessie'
Longlist: 3 March
Shortlist: 22 April
Winner: 3 June

Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 Longlist:
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara (Chatto & Windus)
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Wildfire)
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (Trapeze)
Dominicana by Angie Cruz (John Murray) SHORTLISTED
Actress by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin) SHORTLISTED
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie (HQ)
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Mantle) SHORTLISTED
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee (Oneworld Publications)
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (W&N)
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate) SHORTLISTED
Girl by Edna O'Brien (Faber & Faber)
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (Tinder Press) SHORTLISTED
Weather by Jenny Offill (Granta Books) SHORTLISTED
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

View the 2020 Longlist or the 2019 Shortlist and Longlist 2019 on Amazon.

The Man Booker International Prize

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Man Booker International Prize 2019 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 2019 main prize went to Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Sandstone Press).

Judging Panel: Ted Hodgkinson (Chair), Lucie Campos, Jennifer Croft, Valeria Luiselli and Jeet Thayil
Prize: £50,000 divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. Each shortlisted author and translator receive £1,000
Longlist: 27 Feb
Shortlist: 2 April
Winner: 26 Aug

Man Booker International Prize 2020 Longlist:
Red Dog by Willem Anker. Translated by Michiel Heyns (Pushkin Press)
The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Europa Editions) SHORTLISTED
The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara. Translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh (Charco Press) SHORTLISTED
The Other Name: Septology I – II by Jon Fosse Translated by Damion Searls (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili. Translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin (Scribe UK)
Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq. Translated by Shaun Whiteside (William Heinemann)
Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann. Translated by Ross Benjamin (Quercus) SHORTLISTED
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor. Translated by Sophie Hughes (Fitzcarraldo Editions) SHORTLISTED
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. Translated by Stephen Snyder (Harvill Secker) SHORTLISTED
Faces on the Tip of My Tongue by Emmanuelle Pagano Translated by Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins (Peirene Press)
Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin. Translated by Megan McDowell (Oneworld)
The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. Translated by Michele Hutchison (Faber & Faber) SHORTLISTED
Mac and His Problem by Enrique Vila-Matas (Harvill Secker)

View the 2020 Longlist or the 2019 Shortlist and 2019 Longlist on Amazon.

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 2019 the Book Prize was awarded to Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber) and Political Writing award to Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Radden Keefe (William Collins).

Judging Panel: Jude Kelly CBE (Chair), Tom Gatti, Sarah Shaffi and Dr Matthew Sperling
Longlist: April
Shortlist: May
Winner: June

Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020 Longlist:
Broken Jaw by Minoli Salgado (The 78 Press)
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (Bloomsbury) SHORTLISTED
To Calais, In Ordinary Time by by James Meek (Canongate)
This Paradise by Ruby Cowling (Boiler House Press)
The Wall by John Lanchester (Faber & Faber) SHORTLISTED
The Travelers by Regina Porter (Jonathan Cape)
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner (Granta Books)
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Fleet)
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy (Hamish Hamilton)
Spring by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke
(Serpent's Tail) SHORTLISTED
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) SHORTLISTED
Girl by Edna O'Brien (Faber & Faber) SHORTLISTED

Political Writing Book Prize 2020 Shortlist

Appeasing Hitler by Tim Bouverie (Vintage)
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed For Men by Caroline Criado Perez (Vintage)
Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography by Charles Moore (Knopf)
Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clancy (Picador)
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Professor Shoshana Zuboff (Profile Books)
The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment by Amelia Gentleman (Guardian Faber)
Underland by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)

View the 2020 Political Fiction Book Longlist and 2020 Political Writing Book Prize Shortlist on Amazon where you can also find the 2019 Political Fiction Book Shortlist and 2019 Political Writing Shortlist.

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes

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James Tait Black Memorial Prizes 2019 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. The 2019 fiction prize winner was Crudo by Olivia Laing (Picador) and the biography prize was taken by In Extremis The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum (Chatto and Windus).

Judging Panel: Senior staff from 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

View the 2019 Fiction Shortlist and 2019 Biography Shortlist on Amazon.

International Dylan Thomas Prize

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International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist
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 2019 winner was In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (Tinder Press, Headline). The 2020 winner is Bryan Washington with Lot (Atlantic Books).

Judging Panel: Professor Dai Smith CBE (chair), Lucy Caldwell, Namita Gokhale, Professor Kurt Heinzelman, Max Liu, Ian McMillan and Bridget Minamore
Prize: £30,000
Longlist: 24 January
Shortlist: 4 April
Winner: 14 May

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist:
Surge by Jay Bernard (Chatto & Windus) SHORTLISTED
Flèche by Mary Jean Chan (Faber & Faber) SHORTLISTED
Exquisite Cadavers by Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic Books)
Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker, Vintage)
Black Car Burning by Helen Mort (Chatto & Windus)
Virtuoso by Yelena Moskovich (Serpent's Tail)
Inland by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) SHORTLISTED
Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler (Fleet)
If All the World and Love Were Young by Stephen Sexton (Penguin Random House) SHORTLISTED
The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay (Atlantic Books)
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Jonathan Cape, Vintage) SHORTLISTED
Lot by Bryan Washington (Atlantic Books) WINNER

View the 2020 Longlist or 2019 Shortlist and 2019 Longlist on Amazon.

Rathbones Folio Prize

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Rathbone Folio Prize 2020 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. The 2019 winner was The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus (Penned in the Margins). The 2020 winner is Valeria Luiselli with Lost Children Archive (4th Estate).

Judging Panel: Paul Farley (Chair), Nikita Lalwani and Ross Raisin
Prize: £30,000
Shortlist: 25 Feb
Winner: 20 May

Rathbone Folio Prize 2020 Shortlist:
Guest House for Young Widows by Azadeh Moaveni (Scribe)
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner (Granta)
Vertigo & Ghost by Fiona Benson (PRH/Cape)
Victory by James Lasdun (PRH/Cape)
On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming (PRH/Chatto)
Constellations by Sinead Gleeson (Picador)
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (4th Estate) WINNER
Grand Union by Zadie Smith (PRH/Hamish Hamilton)

View the 2020 Shortlist or 2019 Shortlist on Amazon.

McIlvanney Prize

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McIlvanney Prize 2019 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. In 2019 the winner was Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott (Bantam Press).

Prize: £1,000 and a nationwide promotion in Waterstones
Longlist: Jun
Shortlist: Aug
Winner: Sep at Bloody Scotland Gala Opening

View the 2019 Shortlist on Amazon.

The Man Booker Prize

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The Man Booker Prize 2019 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 in 2012 for Bring Up the Bodies. The 2019 joint winners were The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Chatto & Windus) and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton).

Judging Panel: Margaret Busby (Chair), Lee Child. Lemn Sissay, Sameer Rahim and Emily Wilson
Prize: £50,000 for the winner, £2,500 for each of the shortlisted authors
Longlist: 27 Jul
Shortlist: 15 Sep
Winner: 27 Oct

View the 2019 Shortlist on Amazon.

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

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The Baillie Gifford Prize 2019 Shortlist
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. It was formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize. The 2019 winning book was The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (Doubleday).

Judging Panel: TBC
Prize: The winner receives £30,000 and each shortlisted author £1,000
Shortlist: Oct
Winner: TBC

View the 2019 Longlist on Amazon.

Forward Prizes for Poetry

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The Forward Prizes Best Collection 2019 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 2019 prizes went to Vertigo & Ghost by Fiona Benson (Cape Poetry) for Best Collection. If All the World and Love Were Young by Stephen Sexton (Penguin Books) for Best First Collection and Parwana Fayyaz for Best Single Poem 'Forty Names' (PN Review).

Judging Panel: Alexandra Harris (chair), Leaf Arbuthnot, Kim Moore, Roger Robinson, David Wheatley
Prize: £10,000 (Best Collection); £5,000 (Best First Collection); £1,000 (Best Single Poem)
Winner: Oct

Saltire Society Literary Awards

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Saltire Society Book of the Year 2019 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 2019 that book was Nina X by Ewan Morrison (Little Brown Group/Fleet Import).

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

Scottish Non Fiction Book of the Year 2019 winner: The World I Fell Out Of by Melanie Reid Fourth Estate/Harper Collins)
Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year 2019 winner: Hand Over Mouth Music by Janette Ayachi (Pavilion Poetry)
Scottish History Book of the Year Award 2019 winner: Alexander III; 1249-1286 by Norman H Reid (Birlinn)
Scottish Research Book of the Year Award 2019 winner:Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community by Kirstie Blair (Oxford University Press)

Jhalak Prize

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Jhalak Prize 2020 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 In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (Tinder). The 2020 winner is Johny Pitts (Allen Lane) with Afropean: Notes From Black Europe.

Judging Panel: Roy McFarlane, Anita Sethi, Nikesh Shukla and Kerry Young
Longlist: 3 Mar
Shortlist: 14 Apr
Winner: 26 May

Jhalak Prize 2020 Longlist:
Afropean: Notes From Black Europe by Johny Pitts (Allen Lane) WINNER
Asha and the Spirit Bird​ by Jasbinder Bilan (Chicken House)
Fleche​ by Mary Jean Chan (Faber) SHORTLISTED
Nudibranch by Irenosen Okojie (Dialogue)
Queenie​ by Candice Carty-Williams (Orion) SHORTLISTED
Remembered​ by Yvonne Battle-Felton (Dialogue) SHORTLISTED
Surge​ by Jay Bernard (Chatto & Windus)
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta​ (Hodder Children's) SHORTLISTED
Golden Child by Claire Adam​ (Faber)
The Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats​ by Maya Goodfellow (Verso)
This Brutal House​ by Niven Govinden (Dialogue)
Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekera (Bloomsbury) SHORTLISTED

View the 2020 Longlist or 2019 Shortlist and 2019 Longlist on Amazon.

British Book Awards

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The Books of the Year 2019 Fiction Shortlist
Literary awards celebrating the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops, administered by The Bookseller. In 2019, publisher of the year went to Penguin General and Normal People by Sally Rooney took book of the year.

Chairs: Caroline Sanderson. Alison Flood, Philip Jones, Alice O'Keeffe, Fiona Noble, Benedicte Page and Tom Tivan
Shortlist: March
Winner: 29 June

Fiction Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist:
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Chatto & Windus)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) WINNER
Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris (Zaffre)
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks (HQ)
The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (Penguin & David Fickling Books)

Children's Fiction Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist:
The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton (Macmillan Children's Books)
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Electric Monkey) WINNER
A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Raúf (Orion Children's Books)
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Electric Monkey)
The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Raúf (Orion Children's Books)
The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Fiction: Début Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist:
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Wildfire)
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (Trapeze) WINNER
The Binding by Bridget Collins (The Borough Press)
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (Viking)
The Familiars by Stacey Halls (Zaffre)
Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession (Bluemoose Books)

View the 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist on Amazon.

Crime Writers Association Daggers Award

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The Dagger Award
Created in 1955, the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. The annual award celebrates the best in crime writing. In 2019 the Gold Dagger Award went toThe Puppet Show by M W Craven (Constable).

Judging Panel: TBA
Longlist: TBA
Shortlists: TBA
Winners: 22 October

View the Gold Dagger Shortlist on Amazon.

The Portico Prize

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The Portico Prize 2019 Longlist
The Portico Library is a key part of Manchester's literary scene and has homed an independent subscription library for 213 years. Both the library and its subsequent awards, the biennial Portico Prize and Portico Sadie Massey Awards (for young people), champion the literary heritage of the North of England and commend its current authors. Jessica Andrews won The Portico Prize 2020 for debut novel Saltwater (Sceptre).

Judging Panel: TBA
Prize: £10,000 for the winner
Longlist: September
Shortlist: November

View the View the 2019 Longlist on Amazon.

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