Ever wondered what the book awards are and how they are selected? Following is a list of some of the best known book awards.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Administration of the prize was transferred to the Booker Prize Foundation in 2002, the title sponsor became the investment company Man Group, which opted to retain “Booker” as part of the official title of the prize.
The award was bequeathed by the will of Australian novelist, Miles Franklin for a ‘published novel or play portraying Australian life in any of its phases’.
In their 31 year history, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have honoured many of Australia’s greatest writers and most significant works. The Awards help to establish values and standards in Australian literature and draw international attention to some of the country’s best writers and to the cultural environment that nurtures them. There are over 10 categories, including a people’s choice award.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman, celebrating excellence, innovation and accessibility and the best of outstanding international fiction in women’s writing.
The literary awards have four categories; fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction and children’s fiction. The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. The awards, held annually, recognise literature’s importance to our national identity, community and economy.
This is awarded for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. There are also Pulitzer categories for drama, history, biography, poetry and non-fiction.
Literary prize for Australian women’s writing, both fiction and non-fiction are included in this award. It was announced for the first time in 2013.
An annual celebration that celebrates the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’ – authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.
The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year
The Walkley Literary Award celebrates excellence in non-fiction writing. This Walkley literary award specifically recognises journalism in book form, and is open to all examples of journalistic non-fiction works by Australian writers.
Established in 1996 to encourage the highest standards of writing in biography and autobiography. The award is administered and presented by the State Library of New South Wales on behalf of the award’s benefactors, Dr Geoffrey Cains and Mr Michael Crouch AO, and the State Library Foundation.