Latest adult, teenage and children book prizes
Every year there are a number of awards presented to authors and books. You will find these titles available for loan in your local library. Below are details of some of the latest awards that we support.
Children and Teenage Book Prizes
Blue Peter Book Awards
The Blue Peter Book Awards invite submissions from publishers for children's book published in the previous year between November and October. A shortlist of two fiction and two non-fiction titles are announced in January with the winner being announced in March on the children's television show Blue Peter.
Most recent winners of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award2012: The Considine Curse by Gareth P Jones
2011: Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St John
2010: Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes
The Carnegie Medal is a literary award, established in 1936 in honour of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, given annually to an outstanding book for children and young adults. It is awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
The 2013 shortlist was announced on 12 March, the winner will be announced on 19 June.
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Most recent winners of the Carnegie Medal2012: A monster calls by Patrick Ness
2011: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
2010: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine childrens illustrations and designs. It is awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
The 2013 shortlist was announced on 12 March, the winner will be announced on 19 June.Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb
Again! by Emily Gravett
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould
King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury and Peter Bently
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino
Most recent winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal2012: A monster calls by Patrick Ness (illustrated by Jim Kay)
2011: FArTHER (not a spelling mistake) illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
2010: Harry and Hopper illustrated by Freda Blackwood (text by Margaret Wild)
2012 is the first year that both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been won by the same title.
Adult Book Awards
Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize, sponsored my Man Group plc, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers. The winner receives £50,000 and both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales. For more information visit the Man Booker website at www.themanbookerprize.com
The 2012 winner was "Bring up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel. She became the first woman and first Briton to win the prize twice! The book is the sequel to "Wolf Hall", which won the prize in 2009.
Most recent winners of the Man Booker Prize:2012: Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
2011: The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes
2010: The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Orange Prize for fiction
The Orange Prize for Fiction is the UK's most prestigious annual book award for fiction by international female writers, celebrating excellence, innovation and accessibility. The winner receives a cheque and a limited edition bronze figurine known as the ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. For more information visit the Orange prize website.
Most recent winners of the Orange Prize for Fiction2012: The song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
2011: The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
2010: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Costa Book Awards
The Costa Book Awards are a series of literary awards given to books by authors based in Great Britain and Ireland. The awards, launched in 1971, are given for high literary merit as well as for works that convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience.Each year, winners are chosen from shortlists in five different categories namely Best first novel, Best novel, Children's book, Poetry and Biography. One of the category winners is then selected as the Costa Book of the Year. For more information visit the Cost Book Award website.
Winners in all categories 2011:First Novel: Tiny sunbirds far away by Christie Wilson
Novel: Pure by Andrew Miller
Children's Book: Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Poetry: The bees by Carol An Duffy
Biography: Now all roads lead to France: The last years of Edward Thomas by Mathew Hollis
Overall Winner - Costa Book of the Year 2011: Pure by Andrew Miller
Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards
Each Autumn, The Crime Writers Association (CWA), founded by John Creasy in 1953, and best known for its prestigious Dagger Awards, collaborates with sponsor Specsavers to celebrate the best crime fiction of the year. The shortlists are announced in August with the Winners being anounced at a ceremony on ITV3 in October.
Winners in all categories 2012:
GOLD Dagger for Best Crime Novel: The Range by Gene Kerrigan
Specsavers National Book Awards (The Book Oscars)
Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the publishing industry,’ The Specsavers National Book Awards showcases the best of British writing & publishing, whilst celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success. In 2012 Specsavers took over the sponsorship of the awards from Galaxy. The shortlists are announced in November, with the winners celebrated at a cermony shown on ITV1 in December. For more details on the awards visit the National Book Awards website
Winners in all categories 2012:
Autobiography/Biography: My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding
Previous Book of the Year Winers
2011: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran