All the major UK book awards 2018

Major UK book awards in 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 and shortlists are announced we'll add those in, so you can keep abreast of the best books in the UK in 2018.

Costa Book Prizes

Major UK book awards in 2018

Costa Book Award 2017 Shortlist
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 2017 winner was Helen Dunmore with her poetry collection Inside the Wave (Bloodaxe Books). The winner is announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.
2017 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: End of Nov 2018.
Category Winners: Early Jan 2019.
Costa Book of the Year announced: Tue 28 Jan 2019

View the Costa Book Prizes 2017 longlist on Amazon.

Wellcome Book Prize

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Wellcome Book Prize 2018 Shortlist
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
Prize: £30,000
Longlist: 8 Feb
Shortlist: 20 Mar
Winner: 30 Apr

Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist 2018
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)
With the End in Mind: Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial by Kathryn Mannix (William Collins, HarperCollins UK)
To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O'Connell (Granta Books)
Mayhem: A memoir by Sigrid Rausing (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Books)
The Vaccine Race: How scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses by Meredith Wadman (Doubleday, Transworld)

Wellcome Book Prize Winner 2018 : To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O'Connell (Granta Books)

View the Wellcome Book Prize longlist on Amazon.

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 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
Longlist: Feb
Shortlist: Mar
Winner: 14–17 Jun at the Borders Book Festival

Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2018
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
Sugar Money by Jane Harris (Faber)
Grace Paul Lynch (Oneworld)
The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson)
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik (Fig Tree)
The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose Books)

Walter Scott Prize Winner 2018: The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose Books)

View the Walter Scott Prize longlist on Amazon.

Women's Prize for Fiction

All the major UK book awards 2018

Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Longlist

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 Shortlist 2018
The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Jonathan Cape)
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)
Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray)
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury Circus)

Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Winner:
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury)

View the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist on Amazon.

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). Judges for the 2019 panel have just been announced.
Judging Panel 2019: 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: 2019 dates tba
Shortlist: 2019 dates tba
Winner: 2019 dates tba

View the Man Booker International Prize 2018 shortlist 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 2017 the prize was awarded to Citizen Clem by John Bew (Quercus).
Judging Panel: Alex Clark, Kit de Waal, Lord Andrew Adonis and Lorien Kite.
Longlist: 16 Mar
Shortlist: 15 May
Winners: 15 Jun

Orwell Book Prize Shortlist 2018 :
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason by Christopher de Bellaigue (Bodley Head)
Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine (Icon Books)
What You Did Not Tell by Mark Mazower (Allen Lane)
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Luath Press Ltd)
Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills (Allen Lane)

Orwell Book Prize 2018 Winner:
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (Luath Press Ltd)

View the Orwell Book Prize longlist on Amazon.

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes

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James Tait Black Prize 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 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
Shortlist Mar
Winner: Aug, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

James Tait Black Memorial Prize Shortlist 2018 - Biography
The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard (Harvill Secker)
Ma'am Darling by Craig Brown (4th Estate)
Ali, A Life by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster)
The Dawn Watch, Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff (William Collins).

James Tait Black Memorial Prize Shortlist 2018 - Novel
American War by Omar El Akkad, (Picador)
White Tears by Hari Kunzru, (Hamish Hamilton)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)
Attrib by Eley Williams (Influx Press).

James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018 Winner - Biography:
Ma'am Darling by Craig Brown (4th Estate)

James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018 Winner - Novel:
Attrib by Eley Williams (Influx Press).

View the James Tait Black Memorial Prize shortlist on Amazon.

International Dylan Thomas Prize

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International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 Shortlist

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.
Judging Panel: Dai Smith (chair), Namita Gokhale, Kurt Heinzelman, Paul McVeigh and Rachel Trezise
Prize: £30,000
Shortlist: 28 Mar
Winner:10 May

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 Shortlist
Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi (Vintage - Chatto & Windus)
Her Body and other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Serpent's Tail / Graywolf Press)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (Vintage - Chatto & Windus)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (4th Estate / Riverhead Books)

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 Winner
Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi (Vintage - Chatto & Windus)

View the International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist on Amazon.

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 Hisham Matar took the prize for his novel The Return (Viking) .
Judging Panel: Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla and Kate Summerscale
Prize: £20,000
Shortlist: 27 Mar
Winner: 8 May

Rathbone Folio Prize 2018 Shortlist:
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (Viking)
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry (Jonathan Cape)
Once Upon A Time In The East: A Story of Growing Up Xiaolu Guo (Chatto & Windus)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate)
The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard (Harvill Secker)
White Tears by Hari Kunzru (Hamish Hamilton)

Rathbone Folio Prize 2018 Winner:
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry (Jonathan Cape)

View the Rathbone Folio Prize shortlist on Amazon.

McIlvanney Prize

All the major UK book awards 2018

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 Denise Mina became the first female winner for The Long Drop (Random House).
Judging Panel: Susan Calman, Alison Flood, Craig Sisterson (Chair).
Prize: £1,000 and a nationwide promotion in Waterstones.
Longlist: Jun
Finalists: Aug
Winner: Fri 21 Sep at Bloody Scotland Gala Opening.

McIlvanney Prize 2018 Shortlist
Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson (Macmillan)
Places In the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
The Man Between by Charles Cumming (Harper Collins)
The Quaker Liam McIlvanney (HarperCollins)

View the McIlvanney Prize longlist on Amazon.

Man Booker Prize

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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 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

Man Booker Prize Shortlist
Milkman by Anna Burns (UK) (Faber & Faber)
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada) Serpent's Tail)
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (UK) (Jonathan Cape)
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (USA) (Jonathan Cape)
The Overstory by Richard Powers (USA) (William Heinemann)
The Long Take by Robin Robertson (UK) (Picador)

View the Manbooker Prize longlist on Amazon.

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

Major UK book awards in 2017

Baillie Gifford 2017 Longlist
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 2018: Fiammetta Rocco, Stephen Bush, Susan Brigden, Anne-Marie Imafidon and Nigel Warburton.
Prize: The winner receives £30,000 and each shortlisted author £1,000
Shortlist: 2 Oct
Winner: 14 Nov

Forward Prizes for Poetry

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Forward Prize for Best First Collection 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 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: Bidisha (Chair), Mimi Khalvati, Chris McCabe, Niall Campbell and Jen Campbell.
Prize: £10,000 (Best Collection); £5,000 (Best First Collection); £1,000 (Best Single Poem)
Winner: 18 Sep

The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2018 Shortlist
Venus as a Bear by Vahni Capildeo (Carcanet)
Assurances by J. O. Morgan (Cape Poetry)
Black Sun by Toby Martinez de las Rivas (Faber & Faber)
Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith (Chatto & Windus)
Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith (Penguin UK)

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection 2018 Shortlist
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar (Penguin UK)
Jinx Abigail Parry Jinx (Bloodaxe Books)
Shrines of Upper Austria by Phoebe Power (Carcanet)
Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting by Shivanee Ramlochan (Peepal Tree Press)
Soho by Richard Scott (Faber & Faber)

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018 Shortlist
Ruins by Fiona Benson (Wild Court)
The Republic of Motherhood by Liz Berry (Granta)
And death demands a labor by Sumita Chakraborty (PN Review)
Tree by Jorie Graham (LRB)
Say byWill Harris (The Poetry Review)

The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2018 Winner
Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith (Chatto & Windus)

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection 2018 Winner
Shrines of Upper Austria by Phoebe Power (Carcanet)

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018 Winner
The Republic of Motherhood by Liz Berry (Granta)

View the Forward Prizes for Poetry Collections longlist on Amazon.

Saltire Society Literary Awards

Major UK book awards in 2017

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).
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: 30 Nov

Jhalak Prize

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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)

View the Jhalak Prize longlist on Amazon.

British Book Awards

All the major UK book awards 2018

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 2017, publisher of the year went to Pan Macmillan and Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent scooped book of the year.
Chairs: Philip Jones, Alice O'Keeffe, Benedicte Page, Tom Tivnan, Alison Flood, Fiona Noble and Caroline Sanderson.
Shortlist: 15 Mar
Winner: 14 May

The Books of the Year Shortlists
Fiction 2018
The Break by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (Hutchinson/Windmill)
Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (Fourth Estate)
City of Friends by Joanna Trolllope (Mantle)

Winner 2018: Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (Fourth Estate)

Fiction: Debut
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Viking)
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (Fourth Estate)
Sirens by Joseph Knox (Doubleday)
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Fiction)
Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims (Harper Non-Fiction)

Winner 2018: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Fiction)

Fiction: Crime & Thriller
The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
The Dry by Jane Harper (Abacus)
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Harper Fiction)
Spook Street by Mick Herron (John Murray)
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (Mulholland)
The Girl Before by J P Delaney (Quercus)

Winner 2018: The Dry by Jane Harper (Abacus)

Children's
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman and illustrator Chris Wormell (David Fickling Books in Association with Penguin Random House Children's)
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)
Oi Cat! By Kes Gray and illustrator Jim Field (Hodder Children's Books)
Bad Dad by David Walliams and illustrator Tony Ross (HarperCollins Children's)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books)

Joint Winners 2018: The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton); The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)

Non-Fiction: Lifestyle
5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver (Michael Jospeh)
The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down: How To Be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim (Penguin Life)
The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes For Midwinter by Nigel Slater (Fourth Estate)
Cooking For Family and Friends by Joe Wicks (Bluebird)
Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell brand (Bluebird)
Happy: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect by Fearne Cotton (Orion Spring)

Winner 2018: 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver (Michael Jospeh)

Non-Fiction: Narrative
Ask An Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake (Century)
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)
The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young ( Faber & Faber)
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O'Farrell (Tinder Press)
This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor by Adam Kay (Picador)
What Does This Button Do? By Bruce Dickinson (Harper Non-Fiction)

Winner 2018: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)

Audiobook
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen (Penguin Random House Audio)
How To Be A Boy by Robert Webb (author and narrator) (Audible Studios)
Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith (W F Howes/Nudged Audiobooks)
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry (Audible)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron (HarperCollins)
The Girl Before by J P Delaney, narrated by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen (Quercus)

Winner 2018: La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen (Penguin Random House Audio)

View the British Book Awards longlist on Amazon.

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