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

By March 16, 2017Literary Awards, News

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.

Today we have the shortlist for Fiction Book of the Year, check back tomorrow for the Debut Book of the Year shortlist:

Each category winner will be decided by six panels of judges with a separate panel going on to choose the overall book of the year. The results will be revealed at an awards ceremony to be held at Grosvenor House in central London on 8th May and we’ll bring you those as soon as we have them.

Colson Whitehead Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has been one of the most talked about books of the last year. Shortlisted for several awards and winner of the National Book Award it was even included in President Obama’s summer reading list of 2016.

And now The Underground Railroad has won maybe the most prestigious literary award of them all as Colson Whitehead is announced as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Read More

A History of Joseph Pulitzer

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To celebrate Joseph Pulitzer’s life and legacy, For Reading Addicts presents to you: The Joseph Pulitzer Timeline.

The Pulitzer Prize is well-known in literary circles, especially in the USA, but many do not know much detail about the man behind the prize. The Hungarian-born American, Joseph Pulitzer, gave money in his will to Columbia University to launch a school of journalism, and establish the Prize itself, specifying “four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one in education, and four traveling scholarships.”

The Prize evolved over the years, expanding from its original concept, to many categories including Prize for Commentary, Prize for Music, and a Prize for Poetry. We are sure Joseph Pulitzer would be happy to have his name continue to be used to champion some of the best writers and thinkers of our time.

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Self Published Authors Encouraged to Submit for Young Writer Award

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Self published authors are often forgotten when it comes to literary awards, and that’s why The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award is reminding self publishers that the award is open to both self published authors, and traditionally published writers. Submissions are now open for the award and if you’re a self published author, it’s time to put your work in for consideration now. Read More

And The Award Goes To…

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Booker, Pulitzer, Goncourt, Hugo, Guardian, Goethe…
Sound familiar?

These are definitely not names of dishes; and neither characters from a novel or movie.

Every writer or poet dreams of being recognised and appreciated for his/her work and these are some of the most coveted prizes in the literary field. There are thousands of prizes given out across the world for different categories and numerous writers every year, hope to win the titles. Read More

Baileys Announces 2017 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

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This week, Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges revealed the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. The shortlist includes one previous winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and one novelist making their debut this year.

Tessa said, on the Women’s Prize for Fiction website:

“It has been a great privilege to Chair the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in a year which has proved exceptional for writing of both quality and originality. It was therefore quite a challenge to whittle this fantastic long list of 16 books down to only six… These were the six novels that stayed with all of us well beyond the final page.”

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Poetic Memoir is Winner of Ted Hughes Award 2016

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The winner of the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry has been announced and the 2016 winner is Hollie McNish for her poetic memoir Nobody Told Me.

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life. Hollie McNish was presented the award and the £5,000 cash prize, donated by Carol Ann Duffy at an award ceremony. Read More



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