List of 50 Book awards
50 Book Awards
Note: this list is old and some links might not work.
Commonwealth Writers Book Award
Entries only accepted from the Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Caribbean and Canada, Europe and South Asia and South East Asia and Pacific.
- Entries are usually requested around November to December of each year.
“The objectives of the prize are to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, thereby increasing appreciation of different cultures and building understanding between cultures.” —Commonwealth website.
Prizes are awarded for both Best Book and Best First Book awards, any work of prose fiction is eligible, i.e. a novel or collection of short stories, with the exception of any work written for children alone. Drama, poetry and graphic novels are not eligible. There is no restriction on setting, theme or mode.
City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Award
“The City of Calgary established this prize, in honour of renowned Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell, to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors.”
Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children’s literature, and drama books are eligible. Self-published works, anthologies, cookbooks, guidebooks, textbooks, technical manuals, bibliographies, works of a purely academic or scholarly nature, books of less than 48 pages (except children’s literature), books written in other than English or French, multi-authored books if any one of the authors is not a Calgarian, and reprints or new editions of previously published books are not eligible.
Next Generation Indie Book Award
Established to acknowledge and honor exceptional independently published books in 60 categories, the IBPPG, The Indie Book Awards, takes place in cooperation with the Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.
How-to books, young adult fiction, thrillers, first novels, and health and wellness are among the 60 categories eligible for entries.
Hawaii Book of the Year Award
No awards for this year.
www.hawaiipublishersassociation.com is another group that gives awards for editorial and graphic content, but not for books, only magazines and other media.
Nautilus Book Award
The Nautilus Book Award recognizes books that celebrate conscious living, positive social change and spiritual growth and inspire the imagination and reader to new possibilities.
Entries are being accepted in 28 subject categories including ecology, poetry, fiction, religion and spirituality and audio books and five categories for Children and Teens.
USA Book Award
Early Bird Entry: December
“The National “Best Books ” Awards are specifically designed to garner MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists! Winners & finalists will be announced October.”
There are over 100 categories you can enter, including first time author, gift books, audio and history books, all listed at the top of the website.
IPPY Book Award
The Ippy Awards are presented to authors and independent publishers worldwide who write and produce books for the North American market. It is an unaffiliated program with a wide base.
Prizes are awarded in over 60 National categories and 10 Regional categories, as well as for the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year in fiction and nonfiction.
Independent Book Award Same as IPPY Award noted above.
Ben Franklin Book Award
August and December
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards program is the only program where the entrants may receive comments from the book buyers and reviewers. It is highly regarded nationally in the small and independent publishing world.
Awards are given in over 50 categories and are judged for editorial content and design. Audio books, poetry, graphic novels, mystery and gay and lesbian are among the categories.
National Book Award
US National Book Award (same award)
Since 1950, the National Book Award has been presented to writers by writers and has honored the best in American literature. Categories were added in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and then reduced again to four categories in 1984.
Today, the awards are given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
ALA American Library Association
W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction (Book, Print & Media)
Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award (Book, Print & Media)
Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature (Book, Print & Media)
DEADLINES FOR THE ABOVE THREE AWARDS: check websites
California Book Award
The Commonwealth Club was founded in San Francisco in 1903 and a variety of public issues were studied and discussed. The Club established the book awards in 1931 to provide recognition and encouragement to California authors.
Entries may include works of fiction, first work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, Californiana, notable contribution to publishing, and young adult and juvenile books.
Harvard Book Award
Deadline: check website
The Harvard Book Award is given out by Harvard alumni to the 11th and 12th grade top-performing students in 1900 selected high school reading classes. The award was started in 1910.
Students are picked by faculty members.
UK Christian Book Award
Deadline: September and October
“The first award was held in 2000 and held annually until 2004 when it became biannual. The purpose is to promote what is best in Christian writing and to encourage the writing of Christian books.”
Entries may include novels, biographies, Christian living, and reference books for adults and children.
Grampian Children’s Book Award
Deadline: November to May
Books reviewed by secondary school children in Scotland, ages 12-14. The awards were first given out in 2004, encouraging students to read and to write.
BC Award for Best Canadian Non-Fiction Book
Deadline: not available
“The BC Award is the richest non-fiction book prize in the country and the non-fiction counterpart to the Giller Prize for fiction and the Griffin Poetry Prize.”
There is a prize for non-fiction and a separate prize for children’s books.
BC Award for National Business Book
National Business Book Award – this is the same as the Canadian award above.
Established over 20 years ago, the NBBA is considered one of Canada’s most prestigious awards. The submissions span the areas of Canadian business writing from economic commentaries to financial analysis.
Submissions are accepted in the areas of business management, history, and biography or economics, and all must relate to Canada.
Children’s Choice Book Award
Now in its second year, the Children’s Choice Book Awards Program gives younger readers the chance to voice their opinions about the books they like. To instill a love of reading, it also creates a list of books.
Books must be written for grades K-6 and fiction and non-fiction are eligible. Sticker books, holiday-specific books and calendars are not eligible.
Arizona Book Award
The Arizona Book Award, also known as the Glyph Award, was created to support quality writing by Arizona authors.
Eligibility requirements are that the works be published in Arizona, the author lives in Arizona, or that the stories be written about Arizona.
LA Times Book Award
Deadline: (check website for latest info)
Since 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded book prizes in nine categories, along with the Art Seidenbaum Award, which was added in 1991, making it ten.
Prizes are award for biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, mystery/, poetry, science and technology and young adult fiction.
New England Book Award
The New England Book Awards were established 20 years ago by the New England Independent Booksellers Association, the largest regional booksellers association in the U.S. The awards recognize authors and publishers who have made a noteworthy contribution to New England’s culture.
Awards are given for Fiction, Non-fiction, children’s books, literary and editorial excellence, as well as publishing.
Reader Views Book Award
“The annual literary awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher geared for the North American reading audience. POD books are accepted.”
Prizes are awarded in 32 categories, ranging from Health and Fitness, Science Fiction, Humor, Travel and Romance, in addition to 10 regional and six global categories.
Dartmouth Book Award
The Dartmouth Book and Writing Awards were established in 1988, with the financial support of corporations interested in the province’s artistic life, in order to honour fiction and non-fiction Canadian writers who have contributed the most to the enjoyment and understanding of Nova Scotia and its people.
Categories eligible for awards include fiction, non-fiction and first book.
Vadaphone Crossword Book Award
Shortlist of 5 books comes out in June – no other deadline
The Vodafone Crossword Book Award is the only Indian award that recognizes and rewards excellence in Indian writing in English and Indian vernacular works which have been translated in English. The award was instituted in 1998.
Prizes are awarded in three categories, English Fiction, Indian Language Fiction Translation and English Non-Fiction, including the sub-categories of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography, sociology, anthropology, ecology and the arts.
McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book Award
This site is the closest, but I couldn’t find any award deadlines or pages.
“The McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award is a Canadian literary award, presented annually since 2005 to a First Nations, Inuit or Metis writer for work published in English in any literary genre. The author receives a cash award of $5,000, donated by the Canadian bookstore chain McNally Robinson.”
Governor’s Literary Book Award
I found this: Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence
“Established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the Province.”
Entries are accepted by writers in the following categories – Fiction, Poetry, Children’s (including young adults), Drama and Creative Non-Fiction.
Julia Ward Howe Book Award
“The Boston Authors Club is the oldest continuous authors group in the United States.” The club gives annual prizes of $1,000 each for two books (one for young readers).
Works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and biography are eligible; picture books, textbooks and self-published works are not.
National Outdoor Book Award
Deadline: June – August
“The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is a non-profit educational program sponsored by the NOBA Foundation, Idaho State University, and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing in the outdoor field.”
Awards are given in nine categories, including History & Biography, Outdoor Literature, Instructional and How-to Texts, Guidebooks (Outdoor Adventure and Nature), Design and Artistic Merit, The Outdoor Classic Award, Nature and the Environment, Natural History Literature and Children’s Books, both fiction and non-fiction.
PEN/Beyond Margins Award
Deadline: September -December
“The Beyond Margins Awards were created by PEN American Center’s Open Book Committee, a group committed to racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities.”
Works of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography/memoir, and other works of literary character are eligible and strongly preferred. Submissions are accepted from publishers and agents only.
Catholic Book Award
Deadline: Accepted entries are published between May and June
“The Asian Catholic Publishers, Inc. was founded by Jaime Cardinal Sin, organized the Catholic Authors’ Awards to recognize lifetime achievement of Catholic authors in the Philippines.” Its objective is to honor authors/publishers whose work promote total human development, Gospel values, and Filipino culture.”
Categories eligible for entry are Spirituality, Ministry, Theology and Liturgy, Family Life, Youth and Children, Emerging Author, and there is a Lifetime Achievement category.
Corretta Scott King Book Award
“To encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African American authors and illustrators.”
Entries must portray some aspect of the African American experience, past, present, or future, must be original and written and/or illustrated by an African American for a youth audience, in three categories: preschool, 5-8 years, and 9-12 years.
Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards
The only competition for self-published books is now in its 17th year. One Grand Prize winner will be awarded $3,000 and the book will be promoted in the Writer’s Digest and Publishers Weekly. The editors of Writer’sDigest then endorse the book and it is then sent to major review houses such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Categories for prizes include literary and genre Fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, biographies, children’s picture books and young adult books, reference and poetry. This year they are accepting ebooks.
Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
The Moonbeam Children’s Book awards were designed to honor the best children’s books, authors and illustrators, and the competition is now in its fourth year.
There are over 30 categories, among them pop-up cutout books, fiction and non-fiction, science, holiday and best first book. Entries are accepted in English and Spanish for a books intended for the North American market.
International Latino Book Awards
These awards honor literary excellence in a variety of categories. Latino Literacy Now is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community. The awards are 12 years old.
The awards are given in over 30 categories, including four new ones, Best Young Adult Sports/Recreation), Best Gift Book, a general fiction category, Best Popular Fiction and Best Graphic Novel.
Dragon Pencil Awards
This is the most prestigious award for self-published children’s publishers in the industry. Any children’s picture book self-published or independently published is eligible.
Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award
“The Flicker Tale Award is sponsored by the ND Library Association and administered by the School Libraries And Youth Services division of that organization.” Children vote on the book of their choice, and the school and library submit the votes. The award has been in existence since 1980.
Awards are given in the following categories – Picture, Intermediate, Juvenile and Non-Fiction.
Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Award
The Robert F. Kennedy book award was founded in 1980, and is given to books that “most faithfully and forcefully reflect Robert Kennedy’s purposes ….”
Prizes are awarded for fiction, nonfiction, journalism, tv, radio, photography and cartoons.
International Reader’s Association Book Award
There are more than 40 awards and grants available to honor educators, authors, and others involved in reading and literacy, among them the IRA’s Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards.
Primary fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction are among the categories that accept submissions.
Christianity Today Book Award
Deadline: can’t find one for next year
“For two decades, the annual Christianity Today Book Awards have recognized outstanding volumes that shed light on people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission.”
Categories include Apologetics/Evangelism, Biblical Studies, Christianity and Culture, Christian Living, The Church/Pastoral Leadership, Fiction, History/Biography, Missions/Global Affairs, Spirituality, Theology/Ethics
American Book Award
Deadline: Can’t find one
“The American Book Awards, established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation, recognize outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers.”
Science Fiction Book Award
There are six separate science fiction awards
“The Mythopoeic Society is a non-profit organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more.”
“The Mythopoeic Awards are chosen from books nominated by individual members of the Mythopoeic Society, and selected by a committee of Society members.” There are four categories; namely, The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies, and The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies. They do not accept or review unsolicited manuscripts.
Deadline: Nominations are made from January thru March
“The Hugo Awards, given annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugos are voted on by the thousands of members of the current Worldcon which is also responsible for administering them.
The categories are Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, Best Short Story, Best Classic Story, Best Related Book.
Deadline: Nominations made November thru February
“The Nebula Awards are annual awards presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing.”
Categories include Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, Best Short Story, Best Script, Andre Norton Award, Grand Master and Author Emeritus. There is also a SFWA Service Award.
Deadline: Nominations are announced in January
“The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.” There are five nominations each year.
Deadline: Voting opens in December
“The Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction is presented annually by NESFA to some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him.”
“The NESFA Short Story Contest is held most years, with awards presented to the winner and runners-up at Boskone.”
Ceremony takes place in May
“In February of 1991 at WisCon (the world’s only feminist-oriented science fiction convention), award-winning SF author Pat Murphy announced the creation of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.”
- For works published/released January 1 – March 31: Submit by March 31.
- For works published/released April 1 – June 30: Submit by June 30.
- For works published/released July 1 – September 30: Submit by September 30.
- For works published/released October 1-December 30: Submit by November 30.
- Books with a December publication date may be submitted in galleys.
Please Note: No work will be accepted after November 30.
“Since 1946, the annual presentation of the Edgar Allan Poe Awards® has been one of the most important and certainly the most publicly visible task undertaken by the Mystery Writers of America. The number of awards given out has grown from one (the very first award, given to Watchful at Night by Julius Fast, was for Best First Novel by an American Author) to twelve.”
Awards are given for the best novel, best first novel by an American Author, best paperback novel, best paperback original, best fact crime, best critical/biographical, best short story, best juvenile, and best young adult.
Newberry Book Award
“The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The award has been given since 1922. It was the first children’s literary award in the world.”
Children are the audience for which the book was written, and the book should “respect for children’s understandings, abilities, and appreciations. Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including fourteen, and books for this entire age range are to be considered.”
Trillium Book Award
Deadline: January – February
“The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.”
“The Trillium Award is open to books in any genre: fiction, non-fiction, drama, children’s books and poetry.”
Pushcart Press Editors Book Award
“The Press is best known for its annual anthology The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, published every year for more than three decades and featuring outstanding fiction, poetry, memoirs and essays selected from hundreds of little magazines and small book publishers.
“In 1983, Pushcart Press inaugurated its Editors’ Book Award series to identify and publish manuscripts that are rejected by today’s bottom line, profit driven commercial presses. Each manuscript is nominated by an in-house editor who has seen his or her literary enthusiasms rejected by an employer.”
Remember, this is an old list and links might not work