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Award Winners

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

The 2021 National Book Awards

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 this year's winners!

The 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Omar El Akkad won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, What Strange Paradise. El Akkad will be honored with a virtual interview as part of the online 2022 San Miguel Writer's Conference & Literary Festival, on February 13, 2022.

The jury said: "Amid all the anger and confusion surrounding the global refugee crisis, Omar El Akkad's What Strange Paradise paints a portrait of displacement and belonging that is at once unflinching and tender. In examining the confluence of war, migration and a sense of settlement, it raises questions of indifference and powerlessness and, ultimately, offers clues as to how we might reach out empathetically in a divided world."

Elana Rabinovitch, executive director of the prize, said that What Strange Paradise "is unflinching in its examination of our current refugee crisis and the lengths to which people will go to find home, safety and belonging. A brilliant book by a brilliant author to whom I wish continued success and ongoing recognition."

The Booker Prize 2021 Winner & Longlist

The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland.

Congratulations to this year's winner: The Promise by Damon Galgut!

A Passage North
by Anuk Arudpragasam
Second Place
by Rachel Cusk
The Promise
by Damon Galgut
The Sweetness of Water
by Nathan Harris
Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro

An Island
by Karen Jennings
A Town Called Solace
by Mary Lawson
No One is Talking About This
by Patricia Lockwood
The Fortune Men
by Nadifa Mohamed
by Richard Powers


  China Room
by Sunjeev Sahota
Great Circle
by Maggie Shipstead
Light Perpetual
by Franics Spufford


2021 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced on June 11th, 2021. The Pulitzer Prize administration awards prizes across 21 categories in journalism, and the arts each year. Click here for the full list of winners.


A majestic, polyphonic novel about a community’s efforts to halt the proposed displacement and elimination of several Native American tribes in the 1950s, rendered with dexterity and imagination.

Congratulations to Louise Erdrich and The Night Watchman, winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction!

History Biography Poetry General
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America
by Marcia Chatelain
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
by Les Payne, Tamara Payne
Postcolonial Love Poem
by Natalie Diaz
Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
by David Zucchino


2020 Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards 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.

Best Novel

Best Novella
Network Effect
by Martha Wells
Ring Shout
by P. Djèlí Clark


The International Booker Prize 2021

Awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. The vital work of translators is celebrated, with the prize money divided equally between the author and translator.

At Night All Blood is Black
by David Diop
translated by Anna Moschovakis

Alfa Ndiaye is a Senegalese man who, never before having left his village, finds himself fighting as a so-called “Chocolat” soldier with the French army during World War I. When his friend Mademba Diop, in the same regiment, is seriously injured in battle, Diop begs Alfa to kill him and spare him the pain of a long and agonizing death in No Man’s Land.

Unable to commit this mercy killing, madness creeps into Alfa’s mind as he comes to see this refusal as a cruel moment of cowardice. Anxious to avenge the death of his friend and find forgiveness for himself, he begins a macabre ritual: every night he sneaks across enemy lines to find and murder a blue-eyed German soldier, and every night he returns to base, unharmed, with the German’s severed hand. At first his comrades look at Alfa’s deeds with admiration, but soon rumors begin to circulate that this super soldier isn’t a hero, but a sorcerer, a soul-eater. Plans are hatched to get Alfa away from the front, and to separate him from his growing collection of hands, but how does one reason with a demon, and how far will Alfa go to make amends to his dead friend?

Peppered with bullets and black magic, this remarkable novel fills in a forgotten chapter in the history of World War I. Blending oral storytelling traditions with the gritty, day-to-day, journalistic horror of life in the trenches, David Diop's At Night All Blood is Black is a dazzling tale of a man’s descent into madness.


2021 Lammy Award Winners

On June 1, 2021, the 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Award winners were announced. 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 Gay Fiction Bisexual Fiction Transgender Fiction Bisexual Nonfiction

Fiebre Tropical
by Juli Delgado Lopera
by Joon Oluchi Lee
You Exist Too Much
by Zaina Arafat
The Thirty Names of Night
by Zeyn Joukhadar
Wow, No Thank You
by Samantha Irby
Transgender Nonfiction LGBTQ Nonfiction Lesbian Poetry Gay Poetry Lesbian Memoir/

The Black Trans Prayer Book
by J Mase III & Dane Figueroa Edidi
The Lonely Letters
by Ashon T. Crawley
Funeral Diva
by Pamela Sneed
by Eduardo C. Corral
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers
by Jenn Shapland
Gay Memoir/
Lesbian Romance Gay Romance LGBTQ Anthology LGBTQ Children's
/Middle Grade

A Dutiful Boy
by Mohsin Zaidi
Written in the Stars
by Alexandria Bellefleur
The Ghost and Charlie Muir
by Felice Stevens
Love After the End
by Joshua Whitehead
King and the Dragonflies
by Kacen Callender
Young Adult
Science Fiction

by Mike Curato
Apsara Engine
by Bishakh Som
The Nerves
by Lena Suksi
I Hope You're Listening
by Tom Ryan
Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel
by Julian K. Jarboe





Becoming Human
by Zakiyyah Iman Jackson


The Story Prize 2021

The Story Prize is an annual book award honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction. Eligible books must be written in English and first published in the United States during a calendar year. The finalists for the 2021 award were Danielle Evans for The Office of Historical Corrections, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum for Likes, and Deesha Philyaw for The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

Congratulations to this year's winner, Deesha Philyaw for The Secret Lives of Church Ladies!

The 2021 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize that honors the best published works of fiction by American permanent residents in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country.
The nominees for the 2021 awards were announced February 2nd, 2021, and the winner will be announced in April. Congratulations to these nominees!


The 2020 National Book Critics Circle


The National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists were announced on January 24th, 2021. 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. The winners of the awards for books published in 2020 will be announced March 25th, 2021. Congratulations to these nominees!


Minor Feelings
by Cathy Park Hong
This is Major
by Shayla Lawson
Golem Girl
by Riva Lehrer
The Dragons, The Giant, The Women
by Wayetu Moore
Home Baked
by Alia Volz


Stranger in the Shogun's City
by Amy Stanley
The Price of Peace
by Zachary D. Carter
Red Comet
by Heather Clark
The Dead Are Arising
by Les Payne, Tamara Payne
The Equivalents
by Maggie Doherty


Marking Time
by Nicole R. Fleetwood
Stranger Faces
by Namwali Serpell
by Cristina Rivera Garza
Unfinished Business
by Vivian Gornick
by Wendy A. Woloson


Inside Story
by Martin Amis
If I Had Two Wings
by Randall Kenan
by Maggie O'Farrell
How to Pronounce Knife
by Souvankham Thammavongsa
by Bryan Washington


The Broken Heart of America
by Walter Johnson
Shakespeare in a Divided America
by James Shapiro
She Come By It Natural
by Sarah Smarsh
by Isabel Wilkerson
Island on Fire
by Tom Zoellner


by Victoria Chang
Here is the Sweet Hand
by Francine J. Harris
Imperial Liquor
by Amaud Jamaul Johnson
The Shore
by Chris Nealon
by Danez Smith


The John Leonard Prize for Best First Book is named for the longtime critic and NBCC co-founder John Leonard, the Leonard Prize is awarded for the best first book in any genre.

John Leonard Prize

Mill Town
by Kerri Arsenault
The Undocumented Americans
by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
by Raven Leilani
A Burning
by Megha Majumdar
Shuggie Bain
by Douglas Stuart
  Real Life
by Brandon Taylor
  How Much of These Hills is Gold
by C Pam Zhang


The 2021 Newbery and Caldecott Medals


The 2021 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 When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller!






The 2021 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 We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindsrom!



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 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



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


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!




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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