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
- Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
- Costa Book Awards
- CWA Dagger Awards
- International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
- Irish Book Awards
- Man Booker Prize
- Noble Prize in Literature
- PEN/Faulkner Award
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
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
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
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
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
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.
The 2016 winners are:
Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year – Solar Bones (Mike McCormack)
Eason Book Club Novel of the Year – Solar Bones (Mike McCormack)
The Books are my Bag Crime Fiction Book of the Year – The Trespasser (Tana French)
Thejournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year – The Glass Shore (Sinead Gleeson)
Avonmore Cookbook of the Year – The World of the Happy Pear (Stephen and David Flynn)
National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year – I Read the News Today, Oh Boy (Paul Howard)
IrelandAM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – Making It Up As I Go Along (Marian Keyes)
Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year – Holding (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 Year – Red Dirt (E. M. Reapy)
RTE Radio 1s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners Choice Award – Lying in Wait (Liz Nugent)
Writing.ie Short Story of the Year – The 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
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 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.
A General Theory of Oblivion – José Eduardo Agualusa (translated by Daniel Hahn)
The Story of the Lost Child – Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)
The Vegetarian – Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith)
A Strangeness in My Mind – Orhan Pamuk (translated by Ekin Oklap)
A Whole Life – Robert Seethaler (translated by Charlotte Collins)
The Four Books – Yan Lianke (translated by Carlos Rojas)
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".
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.
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
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.