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The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year in five categories. Find all the latest news and announcements here.

Celebrating great books since 1971

Costa Book Awards logo Recognised as one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes, we've honoured some of the most enjoyable books of the year and championed authors based in the UK and Ireland for nearly 50 years.

Held annually, the awards welcome a wide range of books to be considered in five categories; First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. From the winners in each of these five categories, one is selected as overall Costa Book of the Year.

In 2012, we launched the Costa Short Story Award for published and unpublished authors, inviting passionate writers to submit their stories via this website. The top three are voted for by the public, with the results being announced at the awards ceremony.

Check below for the most recent news and announcements from the Costa Book Awards, including shortlists, winners, entry and voting opportunities - and follow @CostaBookAwards for all the very latest news and updates from the team.

Costa Book Awards 2020

Entry to this year’s Costa Book Awards is now closed. We’ll be revealing the 20 books shortlisted for this year’s Awards on Tuesday 24th November.

2020 Short Story Award

Entry for this year's Costa Short Story Award has now closed. The shortlisted stories will be revealed later on this year. In the meantime, check out @CostaBookAwards for updates.

The 2019 Costa Book of the Year is...

We're proud to announce that The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz has been named Costa Book of the Year 2019. Congratulations to Jack Fairweather. Click the link below to find out more about this year's winner and the other Category Winners.

Costa Short Story Award 2019 Winner

Congratulations to Anna Dempsey, a writer and teacher, who's won the 2019 Costa Short Story Award. Click the link below to read her story and find out more about the Short Story Award.

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