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.

This year's shortlists have been revealed! Click here to view them.

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Key Dates For This Year

Close of Entry

Friday 27th June 2014

Category Shortlists Announced

18th November 2014

Category Winners Announced

5th January 2015

Costa Book of the Year Announced

27th January 2015

This Year's Judges

Each of the five Award categories has a panel of three judges.

Read more about the category judges of the 2014 awards

The year's final judging panel will be revealed in December.

Read more about the final judges of the 2013 awards

This Year's Shortlists

The 2014 shortlists have been announced!

Read more about the nominated books and authors of the 2014 awards

This Year's Winners

This year's winners will be announced in January.

Read more about the winners of the 2013 awards