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

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. Last year’s winner and two runners-up were announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in January. Click here to find out who they are. All shortlisted stories to date are available to listen to and read on the Costa Short Story Award page.

Entries for the 2014 competition may be submitted from Monday 30 June to Friday 1 August.

ENTER YOUR SHORT STORY HERE

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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News

via @costabookawards

Wow. RT @wallingfordbook: My bday present from my AMAZING sister - a PenguinUKBooks quilt for my reading chair! http://t.co/Ohs6tD3dkf

27 Jul - 02:43

How are those short stories shaping up? Still 9 days to go to submit them - we're eagerly awaiting the products of your creative genius...

23 Jul - 10:01