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 2018 is:


Sea of Rust – C. Robert Cargill

Dreams Before the Start of Time - Anne Charnock

American War - Omar El Akkad

Spaceman of Bohemia - Jaroslav Kalfar

Gather the Daughters - Jennie Melamed

Borne - Jeff Vandermeer


The 2017 winner was The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.



Women's Prize for Fiction    

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


The 2018 shortlist is:


Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Sight by Jessie Greengrass

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy


The 2018 prize was awarded to Kamila Shamsie for Home Fire.




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 2017 winners were announced in January 2018:

Novel Award Winner: Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor

First Novel Award: Eleanor Oliphant is Completey Fine - Gail Honeyman

Biography Award: In the Days of Rain - Rebecca Stott

Poetry Award: Inside the Wave - Helen Dunmore (also voted Costa Book of the Year)

Children's Book Award:  The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

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 2017 Daggers were awarded to:

Diamond Dagger (lifetime achievement award) Ann Cleeves

Gold Dagger (best crime novel) The Dry - Jane Harper

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger (best thriller)  Spook Street - Mick Herron

John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger  Tall Oaks - Chris Whitaker

International Dagger The Dying Detective - Leif G. W. Persson, translated by Neil Smith

Endeavour Historical Dagger - A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee

Short Story Dagger - The Trials of Margaret - L. C. Tyler in Motives for Murder (edited by Martin Edwards)

Debut Dagger - Strange Fire - Sherry Rankin

The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction - Close But No Cigar: A True Story of Prison Life in Castro's Cuba - Stephen Purvis

Dagger in the Library (nominated by UK libraries & readers’ groups)  Mari Hannah

CWA Dagger Awards website


International 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 written in English or translated into English. Nominations are submitted by public libraries worldwide.  The novels shortlisted in 2018 are:


Baba Dunja’s Last Love – Alina Bronsky (translated from the original German by Tim Mohr)

The Transmigration of Bodies – Yuri Herrera (translated from the original Spanish by Lisa Dillman)

The Unseen – Roy Jacobsen (translated from the original Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw)

Human Acts – Han Kang (translated from the original Korean by Deborah Smith)

The Lesser Bohemians – Eimear McBride

Solar Bones – Mike McCormack

Distant Light – Antonio Moresco (translated from the original Italian by Richard Dixon)

Ladivine – Maria Ndiaye (translated from the original French by Jordan Stump)

The Woman Next Door – Yenande Omotoso 

My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout


The 2018 winner is Solar Bones by Mike McCormack .


Dublin Literary Award website


Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Irish book awards logo      

The 2017 winners are:

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year – to be announced (voting closes at midday on 15th December, 2017, and the winner will be announced on 18th December, 2017, you can vote here)

Eason Book Club Novel of the YearMidwinter Break (Bernard MacLaverty)

The Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the YearThe Therapy House (Julie Parsons) Best Irish Published Book of the YearAtlas of the Irish Revolution (John Crowley, Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo)

EUROSPAR Cookbook of the YearCook Well, Eat Well (Rory O'Connell)

Onside Non-Fiction Book of the YearWounds:  A Memoir of War & Love (Fergal Keane)

IrelandAM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the YearMotherfoclóir (Darach Ó Séaghdha)

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the YearThe Break (Marian Keyes)

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Junior) A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea - Favourite rhymes from an Irish Childhood (Sarah Webb, illustrated by Steve McCarthy)

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Senior) Stand By Me (Judi Curtin)

Dept51@Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year - Tangleweed and Brine (Deirdre O'Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan)

Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year The Choice (Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly)

The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the YearI Found My Tribe (Ruth Fitzmaurice)

RTE Radio 1s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners Choice Awardhe:  A Novel (John Connolly) Short Story of the YearBack to Bones (Christine Dwyer Hickey)

Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year - Seven Sugar Cubes (Clodagh Beresford Dunne)


Check out Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Website to see the shortlists for 2017.


Man Booker Prize 

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


The 2018 shortlist is as follows:


Anna Burns (UK)                                       Milkman 

Esi Edugyan (Canada)                              Washington Black 

Daisy Johnson (UK)                                  Everything Under

Rachel Kushner (USA)                             The Mars Room 

Richard Powers (USA)                             The Overstory

Robin Robertson (UK)                             The Long Take


The 2018 winner is Anna Burns for Milkman


For more information on the nominees, check out the Man Booker Prize website.


South Dublin Libraries are delighted to announce that Mike McCormack (author of longlisted Solar Bones) will be taking part in the Red Line Book Festival 2017.  For further Red Line Book Festival updates, check out their website here


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)


The winner of this year's Man Booker International prize is David Grossman for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar.

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 2017 award was won by Imbolo Mbue for her novel Behold the Dreamers.  The four finalists were:


After Disasters - Viet Dinh

LaRose - Louise Erdrich 

What Belongs to You - Garth Greenwell

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - Sunil Yapa 



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