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Award Winners

Take a look below for updates on some of the literary world's highest accolades!


The 2020 National Book Awards


The winners of the National Book Awards were announced on November 18th, 2020!

The National Book Foundation was founded in 1989 to administer the National Book Awards, which has been one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country since 1950. The Foundation also produces numerous educational and public programs that help connect readers to books in new and meaningful ways. Congratulations to all the winners!

Fiction Nonfiction Poetry Translated

Interior Chinatown
by Charles Yu

The Dead Are Rising: The Life of Malcolm X
by Les Payne, Tamara Payne

DMZ Colony
by Don Mee Choi

Tokyo Ueno Station
by Yu Miri

King and the Dragonflies
by Kacen Callender


The Booker Prize 2020

The winner of the Booker Prize 2020 was announced on November 19th, 2020.

"The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland."

Congratulations to Douglas Stuart and Shuggie Bain, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize!

Take a look at this year's finalists below.

The New Wilderness
by Diane Cook
This Mournable Body
by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Burnt Sugar
by Avni Doshi
The Shadow King
by Maaza Mengiste
Real Life
by Brandon Taylor


The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 was announced on September 9, 2020.
Congratulations to this year's winner, Louise Glück

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel’s will one part was dedicated to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 was awarded to Louise Glück "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal." Read more about the prize here!



Heartland Booksellers Award 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Heartland Booksellers Award!

Brought to you by two regional independent bookseller assocations, all the books are selected directly by independent booksellers, and celebrate literature in the Great Lakes and Midwest, with content either about the region, or an author from the region. Celebrating these book awards as one industry force amplifies the impact of the award for booksellers, publishers, authors, and consumers, as 12 states and 300 bookstores throughout the Greater Midwest will celebrate the same set of exemplary titles.

Fiction Nonfiction Poetry Young Adult & Middle Grade Picture Book
Everywhere You Don't Belong
by Gabriel Bump
In the Dream House
by Carmen Maria Machado
by Danez Smith
The Fountains of Silence
by Ruta Sepetys
A Map into the World
by Kao Kalia Yang


2020 Women's Prize for Fiction

The 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction was announced on September 9, 2020.
This year's winner is Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell!

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating & honouring women’s fiction. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate originality, accessibility & excellence in writing by women and to connect world-class writers with readers everywhere.






2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced on May 4th, 2020.

The Pulitzer Prize administration awards prizes across 21 categories in journalism, and the arts each year. Click here for the full list of winners.

Congratulations to Colson Whitehead and The Nickel Boys, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction!




Here are the other 2020 winners in Letters & Drama:

History Biography Poetry General
Sweet Taste of Liberty
by W. Caleb McDaniel
Sontag: Her Life and Work
by Benjamin Moser
The Tradition
by Jericho Brown
The End of the Myth
by Greg Grandin
The Undying
by Anne Boyer


2020 Edgar Awards Winners

The 2020 Edgar Awards were announced on April 20th, 2020.

Each spring Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television. Here are the latest winners for books published in 2019!

Best Mystery Novel of the Year! Best Fact Crime
The Stranger Diaries
by Elly Griffiths
The Less People Know about Us:
A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

by Axton Betz-Hamilton
Best Paperback Original Best First Novel by an American Author
The Hotel Neversink
by Adam O'Fallon Price
Miracle Creek
by Angie Kim

2020 National Book Critics Circle

The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on March 12, 2020.
Supporting Book Criticism and Literary Culture since 1974, the National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. To see the full list of finalists and other announcements, click here.

Congratulations to the recipients of the book awards for the 2019 publishing year!

Autobiography Biography Criticism
Know My Name
by Chanel Miller
The Queen
by Josh Levin

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
by Saidiya Hartman

Fiction Nonfiction Poetry The John Leonard Prize
Everything Inside
by Edwidge Danticat
Say Nothing
by Patrick Radden Keefe
Magical Negro
by Morgan Parker
The Yellow House
by Sarah M. Broom



Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced on April 17, 2020.

The 40th annual ceremony recognized outstanding literary works published in 2019. The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are committed to litereary excellence, championing new voices and celebrating the highest quality of writing from authors at all stages of their careers.

This year's winner for fiction is The Topeka School by Ben Lerner! Congratulations to all the winners, check them out below!

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Biography Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose Current Interest Graphic Novel/Comics
The Old Drift
by Namwali Serpell
Our Man
by George Packer
Black is the Body
by Emily Bernard
by Emily Bazelon
The Hard Tomorrow
by Eleanor Davis
History Mystery
They Were Her Property
by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Your House Will Pay
by Steph Cha
Deaf Republic
by Ilya Kaminsky
Science & Technology Young Adult Literature The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction
by Maria Popova
When the Ground is Hard
by Malla Nunn
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James


2020 Nebula Awards
The Nebula Awards were announced on May 30th, 2020.

The 2020 Nebula Award Winners were announced on May 30. They are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story eligible for that year’s award.

Congratulations to this year's winners: Sarah Pinsker and A Song for a New Day for Best Novel, and Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone and This is How You Lose the Time War for Best Novella!

Best Novel

Best Novella
A Song for a New Day
by Sarah Pinsker
This Is How You Lose the Timie War
by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone


The Story Prize 2020
The Story Prize was announced on February 26, 2020.

Edwidge Danticat's Everything Inside is the latest winner of The Story Prize for short fiction collections!

The Story Prize is a $20,000 book prize awarded to the author of the short story collection named best of the year by three independent judges.

Danticat was also the first ever winner for The Dew Breaker fifteen years earlier, in 2005. This makes Danticat the first ever two-time winner of The Story Prize. The other finalists this year were authors Kali Fajardo-Anstine for Sabrina & Corina and Zadie Smith for Grand Union.


The 2020 Newbery and Caldecott Medals
The 2020 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

This year's winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft!



The 2020 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

This year's winner is The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander!




Lambda Literary Awards
The 32nd annual Lambda Literay Award winners will be announced on June 8th, 2020.

To see the Current Finalists in all 24 categories, click here!

The 31st annual Lambda Literay Award winners were announced on June 3rd, 2019.

For over 30 years, "the Lammys" have identified and honored the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books. The Lammys bring together nominees, celebrities, sponsors, and publishing executives to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ publishing. Here are the latest winners:

Lesbian Fiction

The Tiger Flu
by Larissa Lai
Gay Fiction

Jonny Appleseed
by Joshua Whitehead
Bisexual Fiction

by Négar Djavadi
Transgender Fiction

Little Fish
by Casey Plett
Bisexual Nonfiction

The Tiger Flu
by Larissa Lai
Transgender Nonfiction

Histories of the Transgender Child
by Julian Gill-Peterson
LGBTQ Nonfiction

Looking for Lorraine
by Imani Perry
Lesbian Poetry

Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House
by Nina Puro
Gay Poetry

by Justin Phillip Reed
Bisexual Poetry

We Play a Game
by Duy Doan
Transgender Poetry

Lo Terciario
by Raquel Salas Rivera
Lesbian Mystery

A Study in Honor
by Claire O'Dell
Gay Mystery

Late Fees: A Pinx Video Mystery
by Marshall Thornton
Lesbian Biography/Memoir

by Zahra Patterson
Gay Biography/Memoir

No Ashes in the Fire
by Darnell L. Moore
Lesbian Romance

Beowulf for Cretins
by Ann McMan
Gay Romance

Crashing Upwards
by S.C. Wynne
LGBTQ Children's/
Young Adult

Hurricane Child
by Kheryn Callender
LGBTQ Graphic Novel

The Lie and How We Told It
by Tommi Parrish
LGBTQ SciFi/Fantasy/Horror

The Breath of the Sun
by Isaac R. Fellman


2019 Tony Awards
The Tony Awards were announced on June 9, 2019.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre.

This year's winner for Best Play is The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth!







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