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

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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

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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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News

via @costabookawards

And the Costa Book of the Year 2014 is... vine.co/v/OTTL9uAYvMY

27 Jan - 08:35

And the 2014 Costa Book of the Year is... 'H is for Hawk' by @HelenJMacdonald Congratulations! #costabookawards

27 Jan - 08:34

Chairman Robert Harris talking about the judging process and 5 great books #costabookawards http://t.co/1l2eHtejxt

27 Jan - 08:29