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Major Book Awards

Each year literary foundations, trusts, and other groups award prizes for the best recent books. Winners of some of the most notable prizes are listed below:

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Pulitzer Prize for Letters, Drama and Music
Booker Prize
The John Newbery Medal
Edgar Awards
National Book Critics Circle Award
National Book Awards
Costa Book Awards
Women's Prize for Fiction
PEN/Bellwether Prize

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    Since 2000, BookBrowse has asked its members and subscribers to select the best books published each year. Through a rigorous voting process, this shortlist is then honed down to find the BookBrowse Awards Winners.

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  • Pulitzer Prize for Letters, Drama and Music

    Joseph Pulitzer, a renowned journalist, established this award in 1917. Since 1984 Pulitzer winners have received their prizes from the president of Columbia University at a luncheon in May in the rotunda of the Low Library in the presence of family members, professional associates, board members, and the faculty of the School of Journalism.

    2020 Pulitzer Prize for Letters, Drama and Music Winners
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  • Booker Prize

    Awarded in October each year, the Booker Prize is the UK's top literary prize and the most watched single-book award in the English-speaking world. Until 2013 the award was open only to citizens of the Commonwealth of nations (in essence, the UK and former British colonies). As of 2014 the award is open to authors worldwide so long as their work is in English and published in the UK.

    2020 Booker Prize Winners
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  • The John Newbery Medal

    The Newbery Medal is awarded in January each year by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

    2021 The John Newbery Medal Winners
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  • Edgar Awards

    Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. Each Spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre.

    2020 Edgar Awards Winners
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  • National Book Critics Circle Award

    Each March, the NBCC present awards for the finest books and reviews published in English (in the USA) the previous year in six categories: Fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, criticism and poetry.

    2020 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners
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  • National Book Awards

    First awarded in 1950, the National Book Awards recognize the best of American literature. The Awards are announced in November.

    2020 National Book Awards Winners
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  • Costa Book Awards

    The Costas are the UK's most prestigious book awards. Established by Whitbread Plc in 1971 and known as the Whitbread Awards, they were rebranded the Costa Awards in 2006. Costa is a UK based coffee shop chain owned by Whitbread Plc. The five category winners (First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book) are announced in early January, honoring books published the previous year. The Costa Book of the Year Award is announced in late January.

    2021 Costa Book Awards Winners
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  • Women's Prize for Fiction

    One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction between 2014 and 2017. It celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

    2019 Women's Prize for Fiction Winners
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  • PEN/Bellwether Prize

    The PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, formerly known as the Bellwether Prize for Fiction is a biennial award given by PEN America and Barbara Kingsolver to a U.S. citizen for a previously unpublished work of fiction that address issues of social justice. The award is given for a work in progress - hence the award date is often at least a year ahead of publication.

    2019 PEN/Bellwether Prize Winners
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