Major UK book awards in 2017

Major UK book awards in 2017

Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction Longlist

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 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 Book Prize Winner
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (MacLehose Press)

Wellcome Book 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)
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 Book 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

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 winner
The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist
Stay with Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ (Canongate)
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (Virago)
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan (4th Estate)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Granta)

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth)
Little Deaths by Emma Flint (Picador)
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (Serpent's Tail)
The Lesser Bohemians by Emma McBride (Faber & Faber)
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose (Corsair)
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)
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)

Man Booker International Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

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 Winner
A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen (Jonathan Cape)

Man Booker International Prize Shortlist
Compass by Mathias Enard, translated by Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen, translated by Don Bartlett & Don Shaw (Maclehose)
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)

Man Booker International Prize Longlist
Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg, translated by Eliza Marciniak (Portobello Books)
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)

Orwell Book Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

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: 16 Mar
Shortlist: 15 May
Winners: 15 Jun

Orwell Book Prize Winner
Citizen Clem by John Bew (Quercus)

Orwell Book Prize Longlist
The Seven by Ruth Dudley Edwards (Oneworld)
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar (Viking)
The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
The Marches by Rory Stewart (Vintage / Jonathan Cape)
The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of our Ordinary Lives by Helen Pearson (Allen Lane)
Island Story: Journeys Around Unfamiliar Britain by JD Taylor (Repeater Books)
Enough Said by Mark Thompson (The Bodley Head)
Easternisation by Gideon Rachman (The Bodley Head)
Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today by Hibo Wardere (Simon & Schuster)
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga (Macmillan, An Imprint Of Pan Macmillan)
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge (Guardian Faber)
And The Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain by Adrian Tempany (Faber & Faber)
All Out War by Tim Shipman (William Collins)

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes

Major UK book awards in 2017

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
Shortlist 27 Mar
Winner: Aug, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

James Tait Black Fiction Prize Shortlist
A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker (Doubleday)
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell (Picador)
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Faber)
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan, (4th Estate)

James Tat Black Biography Prize Shortlist
The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming (Chatto and Windus)
A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip by Alexander Masters (Fourth Estate)
A Stain in the Blood: The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby by Joe Moshenska (William Heinemann)
Rasputin by Douglas Smith (Pan Macmillan)

International Dylan Thomas Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

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.
Panel: Professor Dai Smith CBE (chair), Kurt Heinzelman, Alison Hindell, Sarah Moss and Prajwal Parajuly.
Prize: £30,000
Shortlist: 28 Mar
Winner:10 May

International Dylan Thomas Prize Winner:
The High Places by Fiona McFarlane (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist:
The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam (Granta)
Pigeon by Alys Conran (Parthian)
Cain by Luke Kennard (Penned in the Margins)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent's Tail)
Dog Run Moon: Stories by Callan Wink (Granta)

Rathbone Folio Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

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: Ahdaf Soueif (chair), Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Rachel Holmes.
Prize: £20,000
Shortlist: 6 Apr
Winner: 24 May

Rathbone Folio Prize Winner
The Return by Hisham Matar (Viking)

Rathbone Folio Prize Shortlist
The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming (Chatto & Windus)
This Census-Taker by China Miéville (Picador)
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan (4th Estate)
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Melville House)
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Granta)
Burning Country; Syrians in Revolution & War by Robin Yassin-Kassab & Leila Al-Shami (Pluto Press)

McIlvanney Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

Mcllvanney 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 Chris Brookmyre and Craig Russell.
Panel: Chaired by Director of Granite Noir Lee Randall, comedian Susan Calman and journalist Craig Sisterson.
Prize: £1,000 and a nationwide promotion in Waterstones.
Longlist: 20 Jun
Finalists: 29 Aug
Winner: 8 Sep at Bloody Scotland

McIlvanney Prize Winner
The Long Drop by Denise Mina (Random House)

McIlvanney Prize Shortlist
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid by Craig Russell (Quercus)
Murderabilia by Craig Robertson (Simon and Schuster)
How to Kill Friends & Implicate People by Jay Stringer (Thomas & Mercer)

McIlvanney Prize Longlist
None But the Dead by Lin Anderson (Macmillan)
Want You Gone by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves (Macmillan)
Perfect Remains by Helen Fields (Harper Collins)
Cross Purpose by Claire MacLeary (Contraband)
Games People Play by Owen Mullen (Bloodhound)
Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin (Orion)

Man Booker Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

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

Man Booker Prize Winner
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)

Man Booker Shortlist
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (JM Originals)
Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

Man Booker Longlist
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet)

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

Major UK book awards in 2017

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.
Judging Panel: Sir Peter Bazalgette (chair), Anjana Ahuja, Ian Bostridge, Professor Sarah Churchwell and Razia Iqbal
Prize: The winner receives £30,000 and each shortlisted author £1,000
Shortlist: Fri 6 Oct
Winner: Thu 16 Nov at an awards dinner at RIBA, supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction Longlist
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum (Allen Lane)
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason by Christopher de Bellaigue (The Bodley Head)
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)
How to Survive A Plague by David France (Picador)
Plot 29 by Allan Jenkins (4th Estate)
Border: A Journey to The Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books)
I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind The Lines of Jihad by Soaud Mekhennet (Virago)
An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn (William Collins)
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rosselis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead (Chatto & Windus)
To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death by Mark O'Connell (Granta Books)
The Story of The Jews: Belonging by Simon Schama (The Bodley Head)
Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow (Faber & Faber)

Forward Prizes for Poetry

Major UK book awards in 2017

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

The Forward Prize for Best Collection Winner
On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey (Carcanet)

The Forward Prize for Best Collection Shortlist
Fourth Person Singular by Nuar Alsadir (Pavilion Poetry)
The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx by Tara Bergin (Carcanet)
Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry (Faber & Faber)
Angel Hill by Michael Longley (Cape Poetry)

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection Winner
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (Cape Poetry)

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection Shortlist
Psalmody by Maria Apichella (Eyewear Publishing)
Make Us All Islands by Richard Georges (Shearsman Books)
Raking Light by Eric Langley (Carcanet)
Kingdom Gravity by Nick Makoha (Peepal Tree Press)

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem Winner
'The Plenty of Nothing' by Ian Patterson (PN Review)

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem Shortlist
'Nine Nights' by Malika Booker (Poetry Review)
'//' by Mary Jean Chan(Ambit)
'The City Admits no Wrongdoing' by Harmony Holiday (Prac Crit)
'Nightfall, Jane Ash Corner, St. Thomas' by Ishion Hutchinson (The Well Review)

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.
Panel: Includes The Skinny Books Editor Alan Bett and Waterstone's Bookseller Hannah Griffin
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: 12 Oct
Winners: 30 Nov

Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year Award Shortlist
Ashland and Vine by John Burnside (Jonathan Cape)
Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell (Luath)
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty (Jonathan Cape)
Dalila by Jason Donald (Jonathan Cape)
The Long Drop by Denise Mina (Harvill Secker)
That was a Shiver and Other Stories by James Kelman (Canongate)

Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award Shortlist
Al Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain by James Ferguson (Transworld Publishers)
Scotland: Mapping the Islands edited by Christopher Fleet, Charles W.J. Withers, and Margaret Wilkes (Birlinn)
Love of Country by Madeleine Bunting (Granta Books)
Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books)
Waypoints: Seascapes and Stories of Scotland's West Coast by Ian Stephen (Bloomsbury)
The Passion of Harry Bingo: Further Dispatches from Unreported Scotland by Peter Ross (Sandstone Press Ltd)

Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year Award Shortlist
The Campbells of the Ark: Men of Argyll in 1745 (Vol I and II) by Ronald Black (John Donald, Birlinn Ltd)
Muslims in Scotland: The Making of Community in a Post-9/11 World by Stefano Bonino (Edinburgh University Press)
History as Theatrical Metaphor by Ian Brown (Palgrave Macmillan)
The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse edited by Peter Mackay & Iain MacPherson (Luath)
Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People by Christopher Whatley (John Donald, Birlinn Ltd)

Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award Shortlist
Still Life With Feeding Snake by John Burnside (Jonathan Cape)
Farm by the Shore by Thomas A Clark (Carcanet)
Bird-Woman by Em Strang (Shearsman)
Twist by Pippa Little (Arc)
In Search of Dustie-Fute by David Kinloch, published by Carcanet Press
Moon for Sale by Richard Price (Carcanet)

Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award Shortlist
Goblin by Ever Dundas (Freight Books)
The Case Room by Kate Hunter (Fledgling Press Ltd)
Beneath the Skin by Sandra Ireland (Polygon)
Language of my Choosing: A Creative Scots- Italian Memoir (Luath)
Mary's the Name by Ross Sayer (Cranachan Publishing)
Fallow by Daniel Shand (Sandstone Press Ltd)

Dundee International Book Prize

Major UK book awards in 2017

An award for an unpublished novel on any theme and in any genre. Unfortunately 2017's Dundee International Book Prize has been cancelled as organisers could not guarantee publication of the winning title.
Prize: £5,000 and publication of the novel

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