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In 2012, we launched the Costa Short Story Award for published and unpublished authors, inviting passionate writers to submit their stories via this website.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.

Our Costa Short Story Award authors are here

We’re proud to reveal the identities of the three writers shortlisted for this year’s Costa Short Story Award.

Our Category Winners have been revealed!

Congratulations to the winners of the five categories of this year's Costa Book Awards. One of these five books will be named Costa Book of the Year on Tuesday 1st February 2022.

The final judges are here

This year’s final judges have been revealed! See below for more details on the panel that will select the 2021 Costa Book of the Year

Celebrating 50 years
of enjoyable books

2021 marks 50 years of the prestigious and popular Costa Book Awards – a milestone anniversary for these much-loved Awards known for celebrating highly readable books that anyone can enjoy. Explore the five decades of the Awards here as we highlight a few memorable moments.

Got a question?

We receive many enquiries about every aspect of the Costa Book Awards, so we've taken all the most frequently asked questions and answered them here.

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