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. Click here to download this year's entry form.

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

Click here to view the 2015 winners.

Click here to view the 2015 shortlists.

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

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Category Shortlists Announced

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Category Winners Announced

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Costa Book of the Year Announced

Tuesday 31st January 2017

This Year's Judges

This year's category judges have been announced. See below for more details of this year’s panels.

Read more about the category judges of the 2016 awards 

Read more about the final judges of the 2015 awards

This Year's Shortlists

The 2016 shortlists have been announced.

Read more about the nominated books and authors for the 2016 Awards

This Year's Winners

This year’s winners will be announced on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Read more about the winners of the 2015 awards

The 2015 Costa Book of the Year was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge!

Read more about the 2015 Costa Book of the Year