Major UK book awards in 2017

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

Major UK book awards in 2017

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 2017. As the longlists are announced we'll add those in, so you can keep abreast of the best books in the UK 2017.

Wellcome Book Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the best new books that engage with an aspect of medicine, health or illness.
Judging Panel: Simon Baron-Cohen, Gemma Cairney, Val McDermid, Tim Lewens and Di Speirs.
Prize: £30,000
Longlist: 30 Jan
Shortlist: 14 Mar
Winner: 24 Apr

Wellcome Prize Shortlist
How to Survive a Plague by David France (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (The Bodley Head, Penguin Random House)
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (MacLehose Press)
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss (Granta Books)
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Bodley Head, Penguin Random House)
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong (The Bodley Head, Penguin Random House)

Wellcome Prize Longlist
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (Harvill Secker, Penguin Random House)
The Golden Age by Joan London (Europa Editions)
Cure by Jo Marchant (Canongate Books)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent's Tail, Profile Books)
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Miss Jane by Brad Watson (Picador, Pan Macmillan)

Walter Scott Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

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.
Judging panel: Alistair Moffat (chair), Elizabeth Buccleuch, Elizabeth Laird, Kate Figes, Katharine Grant, James Holloway and James Naughtie.
Prize: £25,000 and a glass trophy for the winner and £1,000 for each shortlisted author
Longlist: 22 Feb
Shortlist: Apr
Winner: 16 Jun at the Borders Book Festival

Walter Scott Prize Longlist
A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker (Doubleday)
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
Crane Pond by Richard Francis (Europa)
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (Virago)
The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson (Faber)
The Good People by Hannah Kent (Picador Australia)
Minds of Winter by Ed O'Loughlin (riverrun)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Profile)
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (Allen & Unwin Australia)
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber)
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift (Scribner)
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

Major UK book awards in 2017

Baileys 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.
Judging Panel: Tessa Ross, Sara Pascoe, Aminatta Forna, Katie Derham and Sam Baker.
Prize: £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine called the 'Bessie'.
Longlist: 8 Mar
Shortlist: 3 Apr
Winner: 7 Jun

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist
Stay with Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ (Canongate)
The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth)
Little Deaths by Emma Flint (Picador)
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (Serpent's Tail)
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (Virago)
The Lesser Bohemians by Emma McBride (Faber & Faber)
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose (Corsair)
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan (4th Estate)
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (Chatto & Windus)
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill (riverrun)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent's Tail)
Barkskins by Annie Proulx (4th Estate)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Granta)
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)

Man Booker International Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

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.
Judging Panel: Nick Barley (chair), Daniel Hahn, Helen Mort, Elif Shafak and Chika Unigwe.
Prize: £50,000 divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. Each shortlisted author and translator receive £1,000.
Longlist: 15 Mar
Shortlist: 20 Apr
Winner: 14 Jun

Man Booker International Prize Longlist
Compass by Mathias Enard, translated by Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg, translated by Eliza Marciniak (Portobello Books)
A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen (Jonathan Cape)
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans, translated by David McKay (Harvill Secker)
The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen, translated by Don Bartlett & Don Shaw (Maclehose)
The Traitor's Niche by Ismail Kadare, translated by John Hodgson (Harvill Secker)
Fish Have No Feet by Jon Kalman Stefansson, translated by Phil Roughton (Maclehose)
The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke, translated by Carlos Rojas (Chatto & Windus)
Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson (Serpent's Tail)
Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer, translated by Katy Derbyshire (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors, translated by Misha Hoekstra (Pushkin Press)
Judas by Amos Oz, translated by Nicholas de Lange (Chatto & Windus)
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (Oneworld)

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.
Judging Panel: Bonnie Greer, Erica Wagner, Jonathan Derbyshire and Mark Lawson.
Longlist: 26 Mar
Shortlist: 15 May
Winners: 8 Jun

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.
Judging Panel: Three members of the Folio Prize Academy, Ahdaf Soueif is the chair.
Prize: £20,000
Shortlist: Apr
Winner: 24 May

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.
Judging Panel: Baroness Lola Young, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron.
Prize: £50,000 for the winner, £2,500 for each of the shortlisted authors
Longlist: 27 Jul
Shortlist: 13 Sep
Winner: 17 Oct

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.
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

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.
Judging Panel: Andrew Marr (chair), Chris Riddell, Sandeep Parmar, Mona Arshi and Ian Duhig.
Prize: £10,000 (Best Collection); £5,000 (Best First Collection); £1,000 (Best Single Poem)
Winner: 17 Sep

Dundee International Book Prize
An award for an unpublished novel on any theme and in any genre. The prize is judged in two rounds. Round One of entries is judged by Literary Dundee and Freight Books. Round Two is judged by a judging panel of established authors and commentators.
Judging Panel: TBA
Prize: £5,000 and publication of the novel
Winner: Oct at the Dundee Literary Festival

Mclvanney Prize
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. Previous winners include Christopher Brookmyre and Craig Russell.
Panel: TBA
Prize: £1,000
Longlist: Late Jun
Finalists: Late Aug
Winner: Sep at Bloody Scotland (8–10 Sep)

Saltire Society Prizes
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.
Panel: TBA
Prize: £2,000 for each category winner with an accompanying cash prize of £6,000 for the title awarded Saltire Book of the Year.
Category Shortlists: Early Nov
Winner: Late Nov

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: TBA
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: Nov
Category Winner: Early Jan 2018
Costa Book of Year Winner: Late Jan 2018


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