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.

Click here to view the 2016 winners.

Click here to view the 2016 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 28th June 2017

Category Shortlists Announced

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Category Winners Announced

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Costa Book of the Year Announced

Tuesday 30th January 2018

This Year's Judges

This year's judges will be officially announced later in the year. Read about last year's judges below.

Read more about the category judges of the 2016 awards 

Read more about the final judges of the 2016 Awards

This Year's Shortlists

View last year's shortlists here.

READ MORE ABOUT THE BOOKS AND AUTHORS SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 AWARDS