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 2020 shortlisted books 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In 2012, we launched the Costa Short Story Award for published and unpublished authors, inviting passionate writers to submit their stories via this website.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 us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the very latest news and updates from the team.

The Costa Book of the Year 2021 winner

We’re proud to announce that The Kids by Hannah Lowe has been named Costa Book of the Year 2021. Congratulations to Hannah.

The Costa Short Story Award 2021 winner

Congratulations to writer L. E. Yates who's won the 2021 Costa Short Story Award. Read the winning story here.

The 2021 Costa Book Awards final judges

See here for more details on the panel that selected the 2021 Costa Book of the Year.

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