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The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year 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, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.
Launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards, they became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985, with Costa taking over in 2006.
The Costa Short Story Award was launched in 2012. Although under the umbrella of the Costa Book Awards, it's judged separately and the winner is voted for by the general public.
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Sebastian Barry wins 2016 Costa Book of the Year: Sebastian’s novel, Days Without End, has been announced as the 2016 Costa Book of the Year.
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Jess Kidd, a published debut novelist from Richmond in Surrey, has won the 2016 Costa Short Story Award.
And so are we! Congrats once again to Sebastian Barry and @FaberBooks twitter.com/booksaremybag/…
27 Jul - 10:44
Fantastic - this is so exciting! @JessKiddHerself won the Costa Short Story Award last year - what an inspiration 😍twitter.com/jesskiddhersel…x
25 Jul - 09:53
Still plenty of time to send us your short stories. Close of entry = 4th August so please keep 'em coming! bit.ly/1cb3yT2
17 Jul - 10:10