Book Award News


Throughout the calendar year, there are many literature prizes for genres such as crime writing, science fiction, poetry, short stories and so on.

This section of the Books' Zone aims to give you a flavour of what's out there and lists current winners and links to official websites. For all authors and titles, you can check our catalogue 24/7 and reserve titles online.


Arthur C. Clarke Award Arthur C Clarke award logo      

This award is presented annually for the best science fiction novel of the year.


The shortlist for 2016 was:

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

Europe at Midnight – Dave Hutchinson

The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor

Arcadia – Iain Pears

Way Down Dark – J. P. Smythe

Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky


The 2016 award was won by Adrian Tchaikovsky for Children of Time



Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction    

This prize is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.

The 2016 shortlist was:

Ruby – Cynthia Bond

The Green Road – Anne Enright

The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney

The Portable Veblen – Elizabeth McKenzie

The Improbability of Love – Hannah Rothschild

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara


The 2016 prize was awarded to Lisa McInerney for The Glorious Heresies



Costa Book Awards Costa awards logo         

The Costa Book Awards recognise some of the most enjoyable books of the year by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

Prizes are awarded in 5 categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. One of the 5 winning books is chosen to receive The Costa Book of the Year Award.  The winner of The Costa Book of the Year will be announced on Tuesday 31st January 2017.


The 2016 winners were announced in January 2017:

Novel Award Winner: Days Without End - Sebastian Barry (also voted Costa Book of the year 2016)

First Novel Award: Golden Hill - Francis Spufford

Biography Award: Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory - Keggie Carew

Poetry Award: Falling Awake - Alice Oswald

Children's Book Award:  The Bombs That Brought Us Together - Brian Conaghan

Costa Book Awards website


CWA Dagger Awards (Crime Writers’ Association) Crime writers awards logo

The Crime Writers’ Association Daggers are awarded annually for the best in crime writing.


The 2016 Daggers were awarded to:

Diamond Dagger (lifetime achievement award) Peter James 

Goldsboro Gold Dagger (best crime novel) Dodgers - Bill Beverly

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger (best thriller) The Cartel - Don Winslow

John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger  Dodgers - Bill Beverly

International Dagger The Great Swindle - Pierre Lemaitre (translated by Frank Wynne)

Endeavour Historical Dagger - Stasi Child - David Young

Short Story Dagger - On The Anatomisation of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier - John Connolly

Debut Dagger - Wimmera - Mark Brandi

Dagger in the Library (nominated by UK libraries & readers’ groups)  Elly Griffiths

CWA Dagger Awards website


Dublin Literary Award (formerly the IMPAC Literary Award)               

Administered by Dublin City Public Libraries, this international literary award is presented annually for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations are submitted by public libraries worldwide.  The novels shortlisted were:


Outlaws – Javier Cercas

A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James

Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offil

Lila – Marilynne Robinson

The End of Days – Jenny Erpenbeck (tr. Susan Bernofsky)

Academy Street – Mary Costello

Diary of the Fall – Michel Laub

Our Lady of the Nile – Scholastique Mukasonga

Family Life – Akhil Sharma

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? – Dave Eggers


The award went to Family Life by Akhil Sharma.

The longlist for 2017 can be found here.

Dublin Literary Award website


Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Irish book awards logo      

The 2016 winners are:

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year – Solar Bones (Mike McCormack)

Eason Book Club Novel of the YearSolar Bones (Mike McCormack)

The Books are my Bag Crime Fiction Book of the YearThe Trespasser (Tana French) Best Irish Published Book of the YearThe Glass Shore (Sinead Gleeson)

Avonmore Cookbook of the YearThe World of the Happy Pear (Stephen and David Flynn)

National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the YearI Read the News Today, Oh Boy (Paul Howard)

IrelandAM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the YearMaking It Up As I Go Along (Marian Keyes)

Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the YearHolding (Graham Norton)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior) Pigín of Howth (Kathleen Watkins and Margaret Anne Suggs)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior) Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Dave Rudden)

Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year The Battle (Paul O'Connell)

The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the YearRed Dirt (E. M. Reapy)

RTE Radio 1s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners Choice AwardLying in Wait (Liz Nugent) Short Story of the YearThe Visit (Orla McAlinden)

Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year - In Glasnevin (Jane Clarke)

The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award – John Montague

Bord Gais Energy International Recognition Award – Jilly Cooper

Irish Book Awards Website


Man Booker Prize 

This prize, awarded annually, aims to promote the widest possible readership for the best literary fiction.


The 2016 shortlist was:

The Sellout – Paul Beatty

Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

All That Man Is – David Szalay

Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien


The 2016 prize was won by Paul Beatty's The Sellout.

Man Booker Prize website


Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize is a biennial award to promote work originally written in any language as long as it is widely available in English.


The 2017 shortlist is as follows:


Compass - Mathias Enard (France) (translated by Charlotte Mandell)

A Horse Walks Into a Bar - David Grossman (Israel) (translated by Jessica Cohen)

The Unseen - Roy Jacobsen (Norway) (translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw)

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal - Dorthe Nors (Denmark) (translated by Misha Hoekstra)

Judas - Amos Oz (Israel) (translated by Nicholas de Lange)

Fever Dream - Samantha Schweblin (Argentina) (translated by Megan McDowell)

Man Booker International Prize website


Nobel Prize in Literature Nobel prize logo     

The Noble Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. Awards are presented annually for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace.

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Nobel Prize website


PEN/Faulkner Award Pen Faulkner award logo        

Named for William Faulkner who used his Nobel Prize funds to create an award for young writers, and affiliated with PEN,
the international writers’ organisation, the PEN/Faulkner Award is presented annually for the best fiction written by an American citizen.

The 2016 award was won by James Hannaham for Delicious Foods.


Shortlisted were:

Mr and Mrs Doctor – Julie Iromuanya

The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen

Mendocino Fire – Elizabeth Tallent

The Water Museum – Luis Alberto Urrea

Delicious Foods – James Hannaham


Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Pulitzer prize logo            

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is awarded for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.

The 2016 winner is Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer.

Pulitzer Prize website