All the major UK book awards 2018
- Rowena McIntosh
- 7 February 2017
Looky looky lots of booky
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
Costa Book Awards
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
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)
Costa Book of Year Winner: announced 30 Jan 2018
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
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)
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
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
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