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.

Entry for this year's Awards closed on Friday 27th June. Download a read-only version of the entry form here

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 Award Winner

Nathan Filer Homepage

Nathan Filer wins the 2013 Costa Book of the Year: Nathan's first novel, The Shock of the Fall, has been announced as the 2013 Costa Book of the Year.

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Costa Short Story Award Winner

Angela Readman Homepage

Writer and poet, Angela Readman from Newcastle, wins the 2013 Costa Short Story Award. Angela beat five other writers in a public vote where the identities of all six writers were unknown.

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Ta-dah!Here are this yr's 6 terrific CSSA shortlisted short stories.Read/listen, vote for your fave, spread the word!

26 Nov - 01:12

Costa Poetry Award shortlist book #4 The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by @keimiller @Carcanet

26 Nov - 10:27

Costa Poetry Award shortlist book #3 A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde by @LaviniaGreenlaw @FaberBooks

26 Nov - 10:26