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List of Book Awards

Complete Listing of All Book Awards

Below is a complete list of national and international book awards by category. Click on the side tabs to change category. For more information about each award, hover over the award name. Even more information can be found by clicking on the organization's name. Know an award that should be mentioned? Email
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Children's Book Award List
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  Award NameOrganization CountryDate Awarded
Alberta Literary AwardsWriters Guild of CanadaCanadaMay
Alberta Readers Choice AwardEdmonton Public LibraryCanadaMay in Canada First NovelAmazon CanadaCanadaApril
Ambassador Book AwardThe English-Speaking Union of the United StatesUnited StatesSeptember
American Academy of Arts and LettersAmerican Academy of Arts and LettersUnited States
American Book AwardThe American Book Awards / Before Columbus FoundationUnited StatesDecember
Anisfield-Wolf BookAwardThe Cleveland FoundationUnited StatesSpring
Arkansas—The Porter PrizeUnited States
Atlantic Book AwardsWriter's Federation of Nova ScotiaCanadaApril
AudiesAudio Publishers AssociationMay
Audiofile Earphone AwardAudioFile MagazineJanuary
Australian Book Industry AwardsAustralian Publishers AssociationAustralia
Australian Capital Territory AwardsartsACT Australia
Australian Indie AwardLeading Edge BooksAustralia
Australian Literature Society AwardsAssociation for the Study of Australian LiteratureAustralia
Australian Prime Minister’s Literary AwardsAustralian GovernmentAustraliaNovemeber
Australian/Vogel Literary AwardAllen & Unwin PublishersAustralia
Authors Club First Novel AwardUnited Kingdom
Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Prize for Scottish FictionGlasgow's Book FestivalUnited Kingdom
Banff Mountain Book CompetitionBanff CentreCanada
Barbara Jefferis AwardAustralia
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for FictionEach season and every year since 1990, a volunteer group of Barnes & Noble booksellers names the best new books of great literary merit written by “debuting and underappreciated writers” to be promoted through Barnes & Noble book stores and online at in the Discover Great New Writers™ program. In the spring of each year, a panel of distinguished literary judges chooses two outstanding authors (one fiction and one nonfiction) to receive the Discover Great New Writers™ Award.Barnes & NobleUnited StatesSpring
BBC National Short Story AwardBook TrustUnited Kingdom
Bellwether Prize for FictionThe Bellwether is unlike any other prize: it seeks to “advocate serious literary fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships.”Barbara KingsolverUnited StatesMay
Benjamin Franklin AwardsIndependent Book Publishers AssociationUnited StatesMay
Best Translated Book AwardRochester CollegeUnited StatesMarch
Betty Trask AwardBegun in 1983, the prize and awards are given by the Society of Authors in the United Kingdom for best first novels by a Commonwealth citizen under the age of 35.Society of AuthorsUnited Kingdom
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary AwardsThe Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA ) presents three $500 awards in adult fiction, nonfiction, and first novel. These awards honor outstanding achievement in presenting “cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora” and to “encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience.” Eligible books must (1) portray some aspect of the African American experience past, present, or future; (2) be written by an African American; (3) be published in the United States in the year preceding presentation of the award; and (4) be an original work.BCALAUnited StatesJune
Borders Original Voices Award for FictionThe annual Original Voices Awards, presented by Borders Group, Inc., recognizes “fresh, compelling, and ambitious works from… new and emerging talents.” Books chosen for the Original Voices program may be “innovative and inspiring new books from first-time authors” or “works that represent a new direction for established authors.”Borders Books and MusicUnited StatesDecember
Boston Review/Fisk Fiction PrizeEstablished in 1994 to recognize the finest literary fiction.United States
British Columbia Book PrizesCanada
Cabell First Novelist AwardUnited States
Caine Prize for African WritingNamed in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former chairman of the Booker Prize management committee, the Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.Various OrganizationsInternational
CAL Waverley Library Award for LiteratureAustralia
California Book AwardsUnited States
California—Joseph Henry Jackson AwardUnited States
Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award The winning fiction writer will receive $1,000 and have his or her manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc.Camber PressUnited States
Canadian Authors Association AwardsCanada
Canadian Booksellers Association LIbris Award for FictionThe Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Libris Awards honor outstanding achievement by authors and editors, sales reps and distributors, booksellers, and publishers in delivering excellent books to Canadian readers. CBA’s Fiction Book of the Year award is given to a Canadian work of fiction published in the previous year that had “an outstanding impact on the Canadian bookselling industry, created wide media attention, brought people into bookstores, and had strong sales.”Canadian Booksellers AssociationCanada
CBC Literary AwardsCanada
Chicago Tribune Literary Award
City of Calgary W.O.Mitchell Book PrizeCanada
City of Vancouver Book AwardCanada
Colorado Book AwardsUnited States
Commonwealth Writer's PrizeThe Commonwealth Writers’ Prize is presented annually in May by the Commonwealth Foundation, with support from Australia’s Macquarie Group Foundation, to “promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, thereby increasing appreciation of different cultures and building understanding between cultures.” The prize aims to reward “cutting-edge fiction” written in English, by both established and new writers, across four regions of the Commonwealth of Nations: Africa; Canada and the Caribbean; Europe; and South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.Commonwealth FoundationVariousMay
Connecticut Book AwardsUnited States
Costa Book of the Year for FictionCosta Awards are granted in six categories; first novel, novel, biography, poetry, children’s literature, and Book of the Year.Costa CoffeeUnited KingdomJanuary
Danuth Gleed Literary Award (short fiction),Canada
Darmouth AwardsCanada
Desmond Elliot PrizeUnited Kingdom
Dylan Thomas Prize for Young WritersInternational
Dylan Thomas Prize for Young WritersUnited Kingdom
Eric Hoffer AwardEric Hoffer Award United StatesMay
Flannery O’Connor Award
Florida Book AwardsUnited States
Foreword Magazine Editor's Choice Winners for FictionForeWord magazine calls itself “the only literary trade journal devoted exclusively to reviewing great titles from independent presses.” Its Book of the Year Awards program seeks to share these titles with booksellers, librarians, and readers. Winners, selected by a panel of librarians and booksellers,are named in a variety of categories.Foreword MagazineUnited StatesMay
Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
Franz Kafka Prize
Galaxy British Book AwardsUnited Kingdom
Governor General's Literary AwardsThe Governor General’s Literary Awards are presented by the Governor General of Canada each November to recognize works of distinction in a number of academic and artistic fields.Canada Council for the ArtsCanadaNovember
Grand Prix du Livrede MontrealCanada
Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association Award for FictionEstablished by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) in 1995, these awards seek to “recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region,” including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Books in any category may be considered at the judges’ discretion, as long as they have been published in the previous year, contain a Great Lakes theme or setting, or are by authors living in the Great Lakes region.Great Lakes Independent Booksellers AssociationUnited StatesFall
Grub Street Book Prize for FictionGrub Street is a non-profit creative writing center designed to support writers in all stages of their development. The group is “dedicated to nurturing writers and connecting readers with the wealth of writing talent in the Boston area.” The Grub Street Book Prize for fiction is awarded to an author who resides outside of New England and who has previously published (first books are not eligible).Grub StreetUnited States
Guardian Fiction PrizeSponsored by the Guardian newspaper, on the recommendation of a panel of five judges. The award winner must be a work of fiction by a British or Commonwealth writer that has been published in the United Kingdom.United Kingdomw
Guardian First NovelUnited Kingdom
Hawthornden PrizeUnited Kingdom
Hemingway/PEN Foundation Award for FictionMary Hemingway founded the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 1976 to honor the memory of her husband, Ernest Hemingway, and to recognize distinguished first books of fiction.Ernest Hemingway FoundationUnited StatesMarch
Hurston/Wright Legacy AwardThe mission of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is to “discover, develop, and honor Black writers.”Borders Books and MusicUnited StatesNovember
Independent Publisher Book Award for FictionIndependent Publisher Online MagazineUnited StatesMay
Indies Choice Book Award for FictionMore than 1,200 independent booksellers across the United States nominate books they most enjoyed recommending to customers during the previous year. Six Indies Choice Book Awards are given annually in May,including adult fiction (listed here), adult nonfiction, children’s literature, illustrated children’s book, rediscovery, and paperback. The winners are voted on by indie booksellers across the country, chosen to reflect the unique titles championed by indies.IndieBoundUnited StatesMay
International IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardThe International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is an annual international prize, open to books written in any language and published in English.Dublin CIty Public LibrariesInternationalJune
Irish Book AwardsIreland
James D. Phelan AwardThe San Francisco FoundationUnited States
James Jones First Novel FellowshipWilkes UniversityUnited StatesFall
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for FictionThe James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, awarded in biography and fiction, are the oldest literary awards in the United Kingdom. The two prizes, for fiction and nonfiction, each now worth £10,000, have been awarded annually since 1919. They are given out at the prestigious Edinburgh Book Festival in August.University of EdinburghUnited KingdomAugust
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American WomanAwarded annually since 1976, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman honors the memory of a young editor killed in an automobile accident just as the promise of her career was unfolding. Her family, friends, and professional associates created the prize’s endowment to perpetuate “the literary standards and personal ideals for which she stood.”Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's StudiesUnited States
John Llewellyn Rhys PrizeUnited Kingdom
Kiriyama PrizeThe prize was established in 1996 to recognize outstanding books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia that “encourage greater mutual understanding of and among the peoples and nations of this vast and culturally diverse region.” Pacific Rim VoicesVarious
Lambda Literary AwardUnited States
Lannan Literary Award for Fiction
Latino Book Awards of the Latino Book and Family FestivalThe Latino Book & Family Festival began in Los Angeles, in 1997, and is currently hosted in several major U.S. Latino markets, with plans to expand. Sponsored by Latino Literacy Now, and coproduced by actor and activist Edward James Olmos, the festival and its associated multi-category book awards seek to “promote literacy, culture, and education and to provide people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the multicultural communities in the United States in a festival atmosphere.”Latino Literacy Now
Lorne Pierce MedalCanada
Los Angeles Times Award for FictionSince 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded annual book prizes in nine single-title categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award added in 1991), history, mystery/thriller (category added in 2000), poetry, science and technology (category added in 1989), and young adult fiction (category added in 1998). The award for fiction may be given to an author of any nationality.Los Angeles TimesInternationalApril
Louisiana Writer AwardUnited States
Man Book Prize for FictionThe Man Booker Prize for fiction is awarded annually in October for the best original full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the British Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland.Man Group, PLCUnited KingdomOctober
Man Booker International Prize
Manitoba Book Award WinnersCanada
Manitoba Writing and Publishing AwardsCanada
Massachusetts Book AwardsUnited States
Matt Cohen PrizeCanada
Mercantile Library Center for Fiction AwardsThe Center for FictionUnited StatesOctober
Michigan NotablesUnited States
Midwest Booksellers Association Book Choice Award for FicitonChoice Awards winners are nominated and eventually chosen by independent booksellers who are members of the Midwest Booksellers Association (MBA). All nominated books must be related to the Midwest, either in subject matter or because the author lives in one of the MBA states: Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Winning books will exhibit broad appeal across the region.Midwest Booksellers AssociationUnited StatesAugust
Miles Franklin Literary AwardThe Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s first and most prestigious book prize, was established with a bequest from the author Miles Franklin (My Brilliant Career, 1901) and is given annually in June for a novel “of the highest literary merit” that “presents Australian life in any of its phases.”TrustAustraliaJune
Minnesota Book AwardsUnited States
Montana Book AwardsUnited States
Montana New Zealand Book AwardsNew Zealand
Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Regional Book Award for FictionThe Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association is a nonprofit group comprised of 250 booksellers in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. This award, created in 1990, is given annually to honor books set in the Mountain and Plains regions.Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers AssociationUnited StatesJuly
National Book Award for FictionThe National Book Awards, including the Award for Fiction and Poetry, are given annually in November to American authors for books published the prior year. The purpose of these awards, created in 1950 by a group of publishers, is “to enhance the public’s awareness of exceptional books... and to increase the popularity of reading in general.” Award categories have varied over the years, but now include nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.National Book FoundationUnited StatesNovember
National Book Critics Circle Award for FictionThe National Book Critics Circle Awards The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually in March to the finest books published in English, in the United States. Winning authors may be citizens of any country. The NBCC is a nonprofit organization comprised of 700 book reviewers. The award is given to books in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.National Book Critics CircleUnited StatesMarch
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for FictionThe New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) sponsors its Book of the Year Awards to recognize authors who were born or lived in the Atlantic region—New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia—and/or books whose story takes place in that region. There are five categories: fiction, nonfiction, picture book, children’s literature, and special interest.New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association United StatesFall
New England Independent Booksellers Association Book Award for Fiction
New Mexico Book AwardsUnited States
New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the ArtsUnited States
New South Wales Premiers Literary AwardsAustralia
New York Society Library Book AwardsUnited States
Newfoundland and Labrador Book AwardsCanada
Nielsen BookData Booksellers' Choice AwardAustralian Booksellers AssociationAustralia
Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice AwardNew Zealand
Nita Kibble Literary AwardAustralia
Nobel Prize for Literature
North Carolina Book AwardsUnited States
Northern California Book AwardsUnited States
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for FictionThe annual Book of the Year awards, presented by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA), honor books published in the award year and written or illustrated by residents of Northern California. Independent booksellers, representing 200 stores in the region, vote for their favorite titles from a list of finalists created by bookseller committees. NCIBA is dedicated to supporting, nurturing, and promoting independent retail bookselling in California.Northern California Independent Booksellers AssociationUnited StatesApril
Northern Territory Literary AwardsAustralia
Ohioana Book AwardsUnited States
Oklahoma Book AwardsUnited States
Orange Prize for FictionThe Orange Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Broadband Prize) is given annually in June to a woman from any nationality who publishes, in England, a book originally written in English. Books of short stories and novellas are not eligible. The prize for the award is £30,000 and a bronze figurine called the Bessie. Not only is the Orange Prize given to female authors, it is adjudicated exclusively by female authors.Orange PrizeInternationalJune
Oregon Book AwardsUnited States
Ottawa Book PrizeCanada
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for FictionThe Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) supports “literacy, free speech, and independent bookselling” in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association awards have been given annually since 1965.Pacific Northwest Booksellers AssociationUnited StatesNovember
Patrick White AwardAustralia
Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award
PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionThe PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize, given annually in February, which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens.PEN/Faulkner FoundationUnited StatesFebruary
PEN/Malamud Award and Memorial Reading
PEN/O. Henry Award
Premier’s Award for Excellence in the ArtsCanada
Pulitzer Prize for FictionThe Pulitzer Prizes are awarded each year, to American authors, in 21 categories, including fiction and poetry. Named after Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-born publisher, the prizes are regarded as the highest U.S. national awards, particularly in journalism. The prize for fiction honors a distinguished work, preferably one dealing with American life.The Pulitzer PrizesUnited StatesApril
Pushcart PrizeUnited States
Quebec Writer’s Federation AwardsCanada
Queensland Premier’s Literary AwardsAustralia
Re-Lit AwardsCanada
Rea Award for the Short Story
Red Hen Press Short Story Award
Robert KirschLos Angeles TimesUnited StatesMay
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction PrizeCanada
Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers AwardsUnited States
Saltire Society Scottish Literary AwardsUnited Kingdom
Saskatchewan BookCanada
Scotabank Giller Prize Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch established the Giller Prize in 1994 to honor his late wife, Doris Giller, a respected literary journalist. In 2005, Scotiabank joined as a cosponsor, doubling the available cash award. The Scotiabank Giller Prize celebrates “the best in Canadian fiction” each year and works to improve marketing so that winning books are “brought to the attention of all Canadians.”Scotiabank and The Giller PrizeCanadaNovember
Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writers AwardUnited States
Society of Authors AwardsUnited Kingdom
Somerset Maugham AwardUnited Kingdom
Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for FictionAny member of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA)—including booksellers, book wholesalers, publishers, and other industry professionals—may nominate a work, author, or illustrator for a SCIBA Book Award, but only booksellers may vote to determine the winners. Awards are given in six categories: nonfiction, fiction, mystery, art and architecture, children’s novel, and children’s picture book. To be eligible, a book must have been published between July 1 and June 30 of the award year. Works that reflect “the Southern California culture or experience” are preferred.Southern California Independent Booksellers AssociationUnited StatesOctober
Southern Independent Booksellers Association for FictionThe Book Award was created in 1999 to recognize excellent books of southern origin, as determined by members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA), and “to give southern readers an enviable list of books to enjoy, read, buy, and give as gifts.” Books are nominated in six categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking, young adult, and children’s. Eligible books must be set in the American South and have been published within the award year. Only SI BA-member booksellers in the states of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi can submit nominations and vote on the selections.Southern Independent Booksellers AssociationUnited StatesJuly
St. Louis Literary AwardUnited States
Stonewall Book AwrdUnited States
Tasmanian BookAwardsAustralia
The Age of the Year AwardsAustralia
The Independent Foreign Fiction PrizeUnited Kingdom
The Story Prize
Toronto Book AwardCanada
Tournament of Books - Rooster AwardThe Morning News, an online literary publication, has put on the Tournament of Books every year since 2005. With Powell’s Books of Portland, Oregon, as sponsor, the tournament identifies “16 of the most celebrated and highly touted novels of the year, seed[s] them in a March Madness-type bracket, conscript[s] them into a ‘Battle Royale of Literary Excellence,’ and… present[s] the author of the winning book a live rooster.”Mornging News/Powell's BooksUnited StatesMarch
Trillium Book Award for FictionIn 1987, the government of Ontario established the Trillium Book Award to “recognize excellence, support marketing, and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.”Provincial Government of CanadaCanadaJune
Utah Book AwardUnited States
Victoria Butler Book PrizeCanada
Victorian Premier’s Literary AwardsAustralia
Virginia—Library of Virginia Literary AwardsUnited States
Wales Book of the Year PrizeUnited Kingdom
Warwick Prize for WritingInternational
Washington State Book AwardUnited States
Waverton Good Read AwardUnited Kingdom
Western Australian Premier’s Book AwardsAustralia
Whiting Writers’ AwardUnited States
William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing CompetitionUnited States
Writers’ Trust AwardsCanada
Writer’s Trust Author Awards
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