Costa Book Awards

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

Uniquely, the prize has five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way.

Books are entered by publishers, and entry for the Awards closes at the end of June each year. Entry forms are available to download here from the end of May.

This year's winners have been announced! Click here to view them.

This year's shortlists have been revealed! View them here.

Download the 2015 Entry Form here.

Click here to see the 2014 Award Winners.

View all past Book Awards Winners (PDF)
View all past Book Awards Judges (PDF)
View past Book Awards Shortlists (PDF)

Key Dates For This Year

Close of Entry

Friday 26th June 2015

Category Shortlists Announced

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Category Winners Announced

Monday 4th January 2016

Costa Book of the Year Announced

Tuesday 26th January 2016

This Year's Shortlists

The 2015 shortlists have been announced.

Read more about the nominated books and authors for the 2015 Awards

This Year's Winners

The 2015 Costa Book of the Year has been announced!

Read more about the 2015 Costa Book of the Year

This year's Award Winners are revealed!

Read more about the winners of the 2015 awards