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

Frances Hardinge Homepage

Frances Hardinge wins 2015 Costa Book of the Year: Frances Hardinge's children's book, The Lie Tree, has been announced as the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.

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Costa Short Story Award Winner

D Murphy

Former headteacher Daniel Murphy from Stirling in Scotland has won the 2015 Costa Short Story Award. 

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Final call for short story entries! Just over 24 hours to go ...

04 Aug - 01:35

The final countdown ...You have till 4pm this Friday 5 Aug to submit your short story - don't put it off any longer!

01 Aug - 08:45

2 more weeks for you all to submit your very finest short stories so ignore the heat and get writing! Ts&Cs etc here

22 Jul - 02:25