Literary Awards

Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 Shortlist Announced

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize is an annual award for young writers and is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards of its kind. The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under and is named after the quintessential young writer, Dylan Thomas. The prize is run in partnership with Swansea University and is available to writers around the world. Read More

Regional Award for The Big Comfy Bookshop

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The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry is exactly as the name suggests. An independent bookshop café, the store is warm and welcoming and a firm favourite of For Reading Addict’s Shan, and clearly she’s not the only one as the shop has picked up a regional award.

What’s On Magazine has named The Big Comfy Bookshop Best Independent Coffee Shop/Café in Coventry & Warwickshire, proving that books and coffee go together perfectly! Read More

Winner of Inaugural Jhalak Prize for BAME Authors Announced

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The Jhalak Prize for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Writers (BAME) was only set up last year, to challenge the lack of diversity in literature, and the first winner is announced as Jacob Ross for his crime novel The Bone Readers.

The prize was founded last year to improve the poor representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers and was funded by an anonymous donor. Now the first year is complete, it’s announced that the prize will run again next year. Read More

British Book Awards: Shortlists 2017 – Fiction Book of the Year

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The British Book Awards shortlists have been announced for 2017, covering a large range of books and genres. The shortlists cover six categories with six selections in each category and this week we’ll be bringing you one category a day, allowing you to savour the entire shortlist.

From this year, the Bookseller will host the British Book Awards, and it’s meant a few changes that we think readers will appreciate. Read More

Wellcome Prize Shortlist 2017 Announced

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The Wellcome Prize in Literature offers an annual award for excellent in science and health writing, pitting fiction against nonfiction. The 12 book longlist was announced in January and this year’s judges are author Simon Baron-Cohen, author Gemma Cairney, author, Val McDermid, author Tim Lewens and radio editor Di Speirs. Read More

2017 Stella Prize Shortlist

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Some of us outside of Australia may not have heard about the Stella Prize, as it is relatively new and is concerned with celebrating Australian women’s writing. The organisation champions cultural change through the work of female Australian authors, and since its conception in 2013 has fast become a major literary prize.

Named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, the prize’s focus is on recognising and celebrating both fiction and nonfiction.

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Portico Literature Award Under Threat After Losing Sponsor

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The Portico Prize for Literature is so esteemed it’s dubbed the “Booker Prize of the North”, but the entire award is under threat with the news that it will not be presented this year.

The Zochonis Charitable Trust has long supported the prize putting up the £10,000 prize money for the fiction and nonfiction categories. However, philanthropist Sir John Zochonis sadly passed away last year and now the trust says it cannot extend its ongoing support to the awards. Read More

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Longlist 2017 Announced

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The Walter Scott prize was founded in 2010 to celebrate quality, innovation and longevity in historical fiction. Longlisted works must reflect the subtitle ‘sixty years since’ of Scott’s most famous work, Waverley, in that the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago.

The award is handed out at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in June each year and the winner receives £25,000 with shortlisted authors each receiving £1,000 each. Read More

Children’s Book Award Shortlist 2017 Announced

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The Shortlist for the 2017 Children’s Book Awards was announced this morning and is the only National Award for children’s book voted for entirely by children. It’s a great place to get recommendations, and winning is a fantastic accolade.

Categories for the award are split into Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers, Books for Older Readers, plus an overall Book of the Year Winner. Children can vote now and have until 17th May to do so, and the shortlisted books are here!


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