All the major UK book awards 2018
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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 2018. As the longlists are announced we'll add those in, so you can keep abreast of the best books in the UK 2018.
Costa Book Prizes
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 winner is announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.
Panel: Wendy Holden (chair), Moniza Alvi, Simon Garfield, Freya North, Sophie Raworth, Piers Torday, Laura Bailey, Fern Britton and Art Malik
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: 20 Nov 2017
Costa Book of Year Winner: Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore (Bloodaxe Books)
Novel Award Winner: Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (HarperCollins)
First Novel Winner: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)
Biography Award Winner: In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott (HarperCollins)
Poetry Award Winner: Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore (Bloodaxe Books)
Children's Award Winner: The Explorer by author Katherine Rundell and illustrator Hannah Horn (Bloomsbury)
Wellcome Book Prize
The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the best new books that engage with an aspect of medicine, health or illness. The 2017 winner was Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (MacLehose Press).
Judging Panel: Edmund de Waal (chair), Dr Hannah Critchlow, Bryony Gordon, Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Sophie Ratcliffe
Longlist: 8 Feb
Shortlist: 20 Mar
Winner: 30 Apr
Wellcome Book Prize Longlist
Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Canongate Books)
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris (Allen Lane, Penguin Press)
In Pursuit of Memory: The fight against Alzheimer's by Joseph Jebelli (John Murray)
Plot 29: A memoir by Allan Jenkins (4th Estate, HarperCollins)
The White Book by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith (Portobello Books, Granta)
With the End in Mind: Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial by Kathryn Mannix (William Collins, HarperCollins UK)
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty (Jonathan Cape)
To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O'Connell (Granta Books)
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen brushes with death by Maggie O'Farrell (Tinder Press, Headline Publishing Group)
Mayhem: A memoir by Sigrid Rausing (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Books)
Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst by Robert Sapolsky (The Bodley Head, Vintage)
The Vaccine Race: How scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses by Meredith Wadman (Doubleday, Transworld)
Walter Scott Prize
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 2017 winner was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
Prize: £25,000 and a glass trophy for the winner and £1,000 for each shortlisted author
Winner: 14–17 Jun at the Borders Book Festival
Women's Prize for Fiction
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 The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking) picked up the prize.
Judging Panel: Sarah Sands (chair), Anita Anand, Katy Brand, Catherine Mayer and Imogen Stubbs.
Prize: £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine called the 'Bessie'.
Longlist: 8 Mar
Shortlist: 23 Apr
Winner: 6 Jun
Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 Winner: The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist
H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker (William Heinemann)
The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Jonathan Cape)
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon (The Borough Press)
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig (Grove Press)
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)
Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Collins)
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (John Murray)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Tinder Press)
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert (Virago)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury)
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal (Viking)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury Circus)
Man Booker International Prize
The Man Booker International Prize rewards the best work of fiction written in a foreign language, translated into English and published in the UK. Last year A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen (Jonathan Cape) won the main prize.
Judging Panel: Lisa Appignanesi OBE, Michael Hofmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin and Helen Oyeyemi.
Prize: £50,000 divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. Each shortlisted author and translator receive £1,000.
Longlist: 12 Mar
Shortlist: 12 Apr
Winner: 25 May
Man Booker International Prize Longlist
The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor (France, Chatto)
The Impostor by Javier Cercas, translated by Frank Wynne (Spain, MacLehose Press)
Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne (France, MacLehose Press)
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky (Germany, Portobello Books)
The White Book by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith (South Korea, Portobello Books)
Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz, translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff (Argentina, Charco Press)
The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai, translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet and George Szirtes (Hungary, Tuskar Rock Press)
Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina, translated by Camilo A Ramirez (Spain, Tuskar Rock Press)
The Flying Mountain by Christoph Ransmayr, translated by Simon Pare (Austria, Seagull Books)
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright (Iraq, Oneworld)
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Poland, Fitzcarraldo Editions)
The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi, translated by Darryl Sterk (Taiwan, Text Publishing)
The Dinner Guest by Gabriela Ybarra, translated by Natasha Wimmer
(Spain, Harvill Secker)
Orwell Book Prize
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 2017 the prize was awarded to Citizen Clem by John Bew (Quercus).
Judging Panel: Bonnie Greer, Erica Wagner, Jonathan Derbyshire and Mark Lawson.
Longlist: 16 Mar
Shortlist: 15 May
Winners: 15 Jun
James Tait Black Memorial Prizes
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 The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Faber) and the biography prize was taken by The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming (Chatto and Windus).
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
Winner: Aug, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
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. In 2017 the prize was won by Fiona McFarlane for The High Places (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Judging Panel: Dai Smith (chair), Namita Gokhale, Kurt Heinzelman, Paul McVeigh and Rachel Trezise
Shortlist: 28 Mar
Rathbone Folio Prize
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 Hisham Matar took the prize for his novel The Return (Viking) .
Judging Panel: Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla and Kate Summerscale
Shortlist: 27 Mar
Winner: 8 May
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 Denise Mina became the first female winner for The Long Drop (Random House).
Prize: £1,000 and a nationwide promotion in Waterstones.
Winner: Sep at Bloody Scotland
Man Booker Prize
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 2017 winner was Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury).
Judging Panel: Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah (chair), Val McDermid, Leo Robson, Jacqueline Rose and Leanne Shapton.
Prize: £50,000 for the winner, £2,500 for each of the shortlisted authors
Longlist: 24 Jul
Shortlist: 20 Sep
Winner: 16 Oct
The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction
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. Last year the winning book was How to Survive A Plague by David France (Picador)
Judging Panel: TBC
Prize: The winner receives £30,000 and each shortlisted author £1,000
Forward Prizes for Poetry
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 2017 prizes went to On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey (Carcanet) for Best Collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (Cape Poetry) for Best First Collection and 'The Plenty of Nothing' by Ian Patterson (PN Review) for Best Single Poem.
Judging Panel: announced in spring
Prize: £10,000 (Best Collection); £5,000 (Best First Collection); £1,000 (Best Single Poem)
Winner: 18 Sep
Saltire Society Literary Awards
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 2017 that book was Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books).
Prize: The winner of each category receives a cash prize of £2,000 and goes on to be considered for the top prize of £5,000, awarded to the Saltire Society Book of the Year.
Category Shortlists: Oct
Winners: 30 Nov
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 The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross (Peepal Tree Press).
Judging Panel: Sunny Singh, Catherine Johnson, Tanya Byrne, Vera Chok and Noo Saro-Wiwa.
Longlist: 30 Jan
Shortlist: 20 Feb
Winner: 15 Mar
Jhalak Prize Shortlist
The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam (Faber)
Kumakanda by Kayo Chongonyi (Chatto & Windus)
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)
Once Upon a Time in the East by Xialou Guo (Chatto & Windus)
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic Books)
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)
Winner: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)