The Literary Award Database

Award Annals is where creative works judged the best of their kind are documented and ranked. This site ranks over 12,000 award winning books and other works honored by some of about 200 book awards, film awards, and music awards.

The End of Award Annals

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Regretfully,
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Shortlist for the 2013 Costa Book Awards

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Costa has announced the 2013 Costa Book Award shortlists. The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books published in the last year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland. The five categories received 617 entries, and the shortlists where chosen by five panels of three judges each.

Each winner, announced 6 January 2014, will receive £5,000. The overall winner, announced 28 January 2014, will receive £30,000.

Novel Award:

Judges: Clemency Burton-Hill, Broadcaster and Author; Eithne Farry, Reviewer, Critic and Author, Books Editor at Marie Claire; Gerard Woodward, Author and Professor of Fiction at Bath Spa University

  • Book:Life After Life
  • Book:Unexpected Lessons in Love
  • Book:Instructions for a Heatwave
  • Book:All the Birds, Singing

First Novel Award:

Judges: Rachael Beale, Web Manager, London Review of Books; Fanny Blake, Novelist, Journalist and Books Editor of Woman & Home; Matthew Cain, Writer and Broadcaster

  • Book:Idiopathy (Sam Byers)
  • Book:Meeting the English
  • Book:The Shock of the Fall
  • Book:Marriage Material

Biography Award:

Judges: Anne de Courcy, Author; Paul Ross, Broadcaster and Journalist; Caroline Sanderson, Author, Reviewer and Non-Fiction Editor of The Bookseller

  • Book:Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins
  • Book:Hanns and Rudolf
  • Book:The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio
  • Book:The Trip to Echo Spring

Poetry Award:

Judges: John Burnside: Writer; Olivia Cole: Poet and Journalist; Daniel Eltringham: Poetry Buyer, Dulwich Books

  • Book:The Divine Comedy (Clive James)
  • Book:Division Street
  • Book:Hill of Doors
  • Book:Drysalter

Children's Book Award:

Judges: Jo Anne Cocadiz, Children’s Book Buyer, Foyles; Emma Kennedy, Author, Columnist and Scriptwriter; Philip Womack, Author and Critic

  • Book:Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door
  • Book:The Hanged Man Rises
  • Book:Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
  • Book:Rose Under Fire

Source: CostaBookAwards.com

Winner of the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

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The Royal Society has announced the winner of its 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. The £25,000 prize was awarded to theoretical physicist, TV presenter and author, Sean Carroll by Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Prize-winning President of the Royal Society at a ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in London.

Shortlisted authors will receive £2,500 each. The winning science book is:

The judging panel:

  • Jon Culshaw, Impressionist and comedian
  • Dr Emily Flashman, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FRS, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • Joanne Harris, Novelist and author of Chocolat
  • Lucy Siegle, Journalist and writer on environmental issues

Source: RoyalSociety.org

Winners of the 2013 British Academy Children's Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of its 2013 British Academy Children's Awards, which celebrate the very best in 20 categories of children’s media, including television, film, video games and online. Winners were announced in London on Sunday 24 November.

The winner for Best Children's Feature Film is:

Source: www.BAFTA.org

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Winners of the 2013 National Book Awards

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The National Book Foundation has announced the winners of the 2013 National Book Awards. The judges selected twenty books from a field of over 1400 submitted by American publishers for American authors. Each finalist will receive $1000, a medal, and a citation. Each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.

Fiction

Judges: Charles Baxter, Gish Jen, Charles McGrath, Rick Simonson, René Steinke

Nonfiction

Judges: Jabari Asim, André Bernard, M.G. Lord, Lauren Redniss, Eric Sundquist

Poetry

Judges: Nikky Finney, Ada Limón, D.A. Powell, Jahan Ramazani, Craig Morgan Teicher

Young People’s Literature

Judges: Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci, Peter Glassman, E. Lockhart, Lisa Von Drasek

Source: www.NationalBook.org

Winners of the 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards

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The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 14 winners of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards, celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators. This year, 979 titles in the English-language categories and 624 titles in the French-language categories were submitted.

The Canada Council for the Arts funds, administers and promotes the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Each winner will receive $25,000. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000, bringing the total value of the awards to approximately $450,000.

The awards are given to seven works in English and seven works in French. Listed below are the English language winners in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Children’s Literature (Text and Illustration).

  • Book:The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
  • Book:North End Love Songs
  • Book:Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
  • Book:The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
  • Book:Northwest Passage (Stan Rogers)

The winner for Drama is Nicolas Billon for Fault Lines.

The winner for Translation is Donald Winkler for his English translation of The Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu.

Source: GGbooks.CanadaCouncil.ca

Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize

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The winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, attended by nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. The largest annual literary prize in Canada, the prize awarded CDN$50,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and CDN$5,000 to each of the finalists.

The shortlist and ultimate winner were selected by the esteemed three-member jury empanelled for the 2013 prize: Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Esi Edugyan; and American author Jonathan Lethem.

The winner is:

Source: ScotiabankGillerPrize.ca

Winners of the 2013 World Fantasy Awards

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The winners of the 2013 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. All nominated works of Fantasy were published in 2012. Two nominations were chosen by attendees of the World Fantasy Convention, while the remaining nominees were chosen by the award judges: Holly Black, Tom Clegg Marc Laidlaw Stephen Laws, Stephanie Smith, and Peter Dennis Pautz.

The winners were announced at the World Fantasy Awards Banquet in Brighton, U.K.

For the Novel and Collection categories:

  • Book:Alif the Unseen
  • Book:Where Furnaces Burn

Other category winners:

  • Novella: “Let Maps to Others,” K.J. Parker (Subterranean Summer ’12)
  • Short Fiction: “The Telling,” Gregory Norman Bossert (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 11/29/12)
  • Anthology: Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, Danel Olson, ed. (PS Publishing)
  • Artist: Vincent Chong
  • Special Award:
    • Professional: Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven (Weidenfeld & Nicholson; Harper) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    • Non-Professional: S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2 (PS Publishing)

Source: www.WorldFantasy.org

Shortlist for the 2013 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

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The Poetry Book Society has announced its shortlist for the 2013 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Judges Ian Duhig (Chair), Imtiaz Dharker and Vicki Feaver have chosen six collections from the 113 books submitted by publishers, which join the four PBS Choices to make up the ten collections on the shortlist.

The winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 13 January 2014, when the winner will be presented with a cheque for £15,000, donated by the T.S. Eliot Trustees, following on in the tradition of Mrs Valerie Eliot, who generously gave the prize money from the inception of the Prize. The shortlisted poets will each receive £1,000.

  • Book:Speak, Old Parrot
  • Book:At the Time of Partition
  • Book:Red Doc>
  • Book:Parallax (Sinéad Morrissey)
  • Book:Division Street


  • Book:Ramayana: A Retelling
  • Book:The Water Stealer
  • Book:Hill of Doors
  • Book:Drysalter
  • Book:Bad Machine

Source: www.PoetryBooks.co.uk

Fall winners of the 2013 CWA Daggers

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The Crime Writers’ Association has announced the Fall winners of its 2013 CWA Dagger Awards—the awards which celebrate the best in contemporary crime writing. The winners of the ornamental daggers and cash prizes were revealed at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in London.

The Fall Daggers are the Gold Dagger for best crime novel, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller, and the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for best debut. The winners are:

  • Book:Dead Lions
  • Book:Ghostman (Roger Hobbs)
  • Book:Norwegian by Night

Source: www.TheCWA.co.uk

Nominees for the 2013 British Academy Children's Awards

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced its nominations for the 2013 British Academy Children's Awards, which celebrate the very best in 20 categories of children’s media, including television, film, video games and online. Winners will be announced in London on Sunday 24 November.

Nominees for Best Children's Feature Film:

  • Film:Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  • Film:ParaNorman (2012)
  • Film:Life of Pi (2012)
  • Film:Brave (2012)

Source: www.BAFTA.org

Winner of the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

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The Guardian Review has announced the winner of their 2013 Children’s Fiction Prize. Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy was chosen by children's authors Andy Mulligan, Jason Wallace and Hilary McKay. The judging panel was chaired by the Guardian Children's Books editor, Julia Eccleshare. Young readers taking part in the Guardian's 2013 Young Critics competition—as well as members of the Guardian's children's book site—also had their say as they judged the longlisted books.

Here are the winner and shortlisted books:

  • Book:Liar & Spy (Rebecca Stead)
  • Book:The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
  • Book:The Fault in Our Stars
  • Book:Rooftoppers

Source: Guardian.co.uk

Finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards

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The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards. The judges selected twenty books from a field of over 1400 submitted by American publishers for American authors. Each finalist will receive $1000, a medal, and a citation.

The winners will be announced at the 63rd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York City on Wednesday, November 14. Each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.

Fiction

Judges: Charles Baxter, Gish Jen, Charles McGrath, Rick Simonson, René Steinke

  • Book:The Flamethrowers (Rachel Kushner)
  • Book:The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • Book:The Good Lord Bird
  • Book:Bleeding Edge
  • Book:Tenth of December

Nonfiction

Judges: Jabari Asim, André Bernard, M.G. Lord, Lauren Redniss, Eric Sundquist

  • Book:Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
  • Book:Hitler's Furies
  • Book:The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
  • Book:The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
  • Book:Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Poetry

Judges: Nikky Finney, Ada Limón, D.A. Powell, Jahan Ramazani, Craig Morgan Teicher

  • Book:Metaphysical Dog: Poems
  • Book:Stay, Illusion
  • Book:The Big Smoke
  • Book:Black Aperture
  • Book:Incarnadine: Poems

Young People’s Literature

Judges: Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci, Peter Glassman, E. Lockhart, Lisa Von Drasek

  • Book:The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
  • Book:The Thing About Luck
  • Book:Far Far Away
  • Book:Picture Me Gone
  • Book:Boxers & Saints

Source: www.NationalBook.org

Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize

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The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been chosen from a shortlist of six books, each authored by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.

Each of the six shortlisted authors will be awarded £2,500 and a specially commissioned beautifully handbound edition of his/her book. Eleanor Catton will receive a further £50,000.

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The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)

Source: www.TheManBookerPrize.com

Shortlist for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize

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The Scotiabank Giller Prize jury has announced its 2013 shortlist. The five finalists were chosen by the award-winning, three-member jury empanelled for the 2013 prize: Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Esi Edugyan; and American author Jonathan Lethem. The shortlist was selected from a longlist of 13 books. One hundred and forty seven titles were submitted by 61 publishing houses from across the country.

Each finalist will receive CDN$5000. The winner, announced in Toronto on November 5, will receive CDN$50,000.

  • Book:Going Home Again
  • Book:Hellgoing: Stories
  • Book:Cataract City
  • Book:Caught (Lisa Moore)
  • Book:The Crooked Maid

Source: www.Scotiabank.com

Winner of the 2012 Hammett Prize

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The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has announced the winner of their 2012 Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The winning title was chosen from five Hammett nominees by a group of three distinguished outside judges:

  • Rob Dougherty, Manager of the Clinton Book Shop, in New Jersey
  • Janet Groth, author of The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker
  • Edward D. Miller, professor of Film and Theatre (CUNY), and author of Tomboys, Pretty Boys, and Outspoken Women

Mr. Owen was awarded a bronze trophy, designed by West Coast sculptor, Peter Boiger. The award ceremony took place in Somerset, New Jersey, on October 1, during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association’s (NAIBA) Fall Conference.

Source: CrimeWritersNA.org

Finalists for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards

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The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 70 finalists for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards, are awarded in both official languages, in seven categories: fiction, poetry, drama, non‑fiction, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. This year, 979 titles in the English-language categories and 624 titles in the French-language categories were submitted.

The Canada Council for the Arts funds, administers and promotes the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Each winner will receive $25,000. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000, bringing the total value of the awards to approximately $450,000.

The winners will be announced Wednesday, November 13 in Toronto. Finalists for the English language awards are listed below.

Fiction

  • Book:The Lion Seeker
  • Book:The Orenda
  • Book:The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
  • Book:A Beautiful Truth (Colin McAdam)
  • Book:The Hungry Ghosts (Shyam Selvadurai)

Poetry

  • Book:Where the Sun Shines Best
  • Book:The Polymers (Adam Dickinson)
  • Book:Bite Down Little Whisper
  • Book:Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain: Poems
  • Book:North End Love Songs

Nonfiction

  • Book:The Juggler's Children
  • Book:Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
  • Book:The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
  • Book:The Memory of Water
  • Book:Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother

Children’s Literature — Text

  • Book:The White Bicycle
  • Book:Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case
  • Book:Once Upon a Northern Night
  • Book:Counting Back from Nine
  • Book:The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Children’s Literature — Illustration

  • Book:Miss Mousie's Blind Date
  • Book:Oy, Feh, So?
  • Book:Northwest Passage (Stan Rogers)
  • Book:The Dark (Lemony Snicket)
  • Book:How To (Julie Morstad)

Drama

  • Nicolas Billon, Fault Lines (Coach House Books)
  • Meg Braem, Blood: A Scientific Romance (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Kate Hewlett, The Swearing Jar (Scirocco Drama)
  • Lawrence Jeffery, Frenchtown (Exile Editions)
  • Joseph Jomo Pierre, Shakespeare’s Nigga (Playwrights Canada Press)

Translation — French to English

  • Robert Majzels, For Sure (House of Anansi Press), translation of Pour sûr by France Daigle
  • Rhonda Mullins, And the Birds Rained Down (Coach House Books), translation of Il pleuvait des oiseaux by Jocelyne Saucier
  • George Tombs, Canada’s Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage (Véhicule Press), translation of Deux siècles d’esclavage au Québec by Marcel Trudel
  • Luise von Flotow, The Stalinist’s Wife (Guernica Editions Inc.), translation of La femme du stalinien by France Théoret
  • Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs (Signal Editions), translation of Les verbes majeurs by Pierre Nepveu

Source: GGbooks.CanadaCouncil.ca

Shortlist for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

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The Royal Society has announced the shortlist for its 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. The shortlisted books are accessible, interesting and compelling accounts about us and the world around us.

The winning book will be announced at a public event on 25 November 2013. The winning author will receive £25,000, while shortlisted authors receive £2,500.

  • Book:Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • Book:The Particle at the End of the Universe
  • Book:Cells to Civilizations
  • Book:Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory
  • Book:The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary
  • Book:Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea

The judging panel:

  • Jon Culshaw, Impressionist and comedian
  • Dr Emily Flashman, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FRS, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • Joanne Harris, Novelist and author of Chocolat
  • Lucy Siegle, Journalist and writer on environmental issues

Source: TheGuardian.com

Winners of the 2013 Anthony Awards

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Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, has announced their 27th annual Anthony Award winners. The nominations were taken from votes cast by 2012 and 2013 attendees of the BoucherCon World Mystery Convention. Attendees of BoucherCon 2013 voted for this year's winners. The award is named after Anthony Boucher, a book reviewer and early champion of the mystery genre.

Here are the winners for Best Novel, First Novel, Paperback Original, and Critical Nonfiction Work:

  • Book:The Beautiful Mystery
  • Book:The Expats (Chris Pavone)
  • Book:Big Maria
  • Book:Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers

The winner of Best Short Story was “Mischief in Mesopotamia” by Dana Cameron.

Source: The Rap Sheet

Winners of the 2013 Shamus Awards

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The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the winners of its 32nd annual Shamus Awards. The Award was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. The awards were presented at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Albany, New York.

Here are the winners for Best Hardcover PI Novel, First PI Novel, and Paperback Original PI Novel:

  • Book:Taken: An Elvis Cole Novel
  • Book:Black Fridays: A Novel
  • Book:And She Was

Other winners:

  • Best Indie PI Novel: White Heat by Paul D. Marks
  • Best PI Short Story: “Ghost Negligence” by John Shepphird (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August 2012)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Loren D. Estleman

Source: The Rap Sheet

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