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

Helen Macdonald Homepage

Helen Macdonald wins the 2014 Costa Book of the Year: Helen's biography, H Is For Hawk, has been announced as the 2014 Costa Book of the Year.

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Costa Short Story Award Winner

Zoe Gilbert Homepage

Writer and PhD student Zoe Gilbert from Sydenham Hill, South-East London has won the 2014 Costa Short Story Award. She beat five other writers in a public vote where the identities of all six writers were unknown.

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30 Nov - 01:02

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