Costa Book Awards

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.

Costa Short Story Award

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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Costa Book of the Year Winner

Sebastian Barry Homepage

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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Costa Short Story Award Winner

J Kidd

Jess Kidd, a published debut novelist from Richmond in Surrey, has won the 2016 Costa Short Story Award. 

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Phew - well done! HUGE thanks to you and everyone who submitted their stories this year. Updates will follow on her……

04 Aug - 03:17

Last call for entries into this year's Costa Short Story Award! You've got till 4pm today (Friday 4th Aug) ...

04 Aug - 07:39

Loving her positive approach! Just under 48 hours to go till entry closes ...…

02 Aug - 06:09