Award winning books
“It is with books as it is with men – a very small number play a great part; the rest are lost in the multitude” – Voltaire
Book awards are controversial, but some readers feel they put a stamp of quality on a book. They can be a great source of reading suggestions, and many readers diligently read their way through the shortlist for certain awards each year.
There are a wide variety of awards, many targeting interesting specialist fields. Here’s a selection of awards you might be interested in exploring. If there’s one you’d like to add to the list, please suggest it with a comment.
- Australian book industry awards
Winners, shortlists, news and authors.
- Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Awarded every two years to a living author who has published a work of fiction in the English language.
- Miles Franklin Literary Award
This 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”. All entries for the award must have been published in the previous calendar year.
- The Stella Prize
This award aims to recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature.
- National book awards
Presented annually in the USA to recognise achievements in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.
- Nobel Prize for Literature
Awarded since 1901.
- Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction
A prize that particularly emphasises the literary talents of female writers. It is awarded annually in the United Kingdom.
- Pulitzer Prize
Awarded since 1917 to the best in journalism, letters, drama and music.
- Queensland Literary Awards
Our best, do you agree?