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

In 2012 we launched the Costa Short Story Award, given to a single story and not voted for against the other categories. The public votes for the winner from six shortlisted stories selected by our five judges and published on this website. If you’d like to take part, you can just download the stories to read or listen to them at your leisure and then cast a vote for your favourite.

Voting for this year's Costa Short Story Award closed on Friday 17th January and the identity of the six shortlisted authors has been revealed. Click here to find out who they are. The winner and two runners-up have been announced - at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on Tuesday 28th January

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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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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via @costabookawards

Our First Novel shortlist all feature on @DElliottPrize shortlist. Huge congrats to all esp @nathanfiler @byers90 @Sathnam Kate Clanchy.

03 Apr - 08:21

Morning @MattCainWriter @FlossieTeacake @FannyBlake1 Have you seen @DElliottPrize shortlist? Judges clearly have excellent taste!

03 Apr - 08:19

Big congrats to @BaileysPrize on fab longlist and congrats to all authors on it especially our Novel Award-shortlisted @eviewyld

07 Mar - 09:53