Literary prizes and book awards

Literary prizes and book awards

This page links you to winners and nominees for a range of book prizes and awards.

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

New Zealand

New Zealand's national book awards

Our national book awards, which since 2016 have been known as the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, have gone by a number of different names as sponsors have changed over the years.

Catalogue search for The Axeman's carnivalNew Zealand Book Awards known previously as:

International Non-fiction

Fiction literary prizes

Women's Prize for Non-Fiction

The Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction is an annual book prize inaugurated in 2024 that celebrates exceptional narrative non-fiction by women.

National Book Critics Circle Awards (US)

The finalists have been announced in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Biography, Autobiography / Memoir, and Criticism categories.

Reference and User Services Association: Notable books

Awarded annually as part of the RUSA Book and Media Awards (American Library Association), in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Recognises the best non-fiction for adult readers published in the US during the previous year. Find out the winner for 2024.

Business Book of the Year Award

Find compelling insights and enjoyable reading on modern business issues with the FT and Shroders Business Book of the Year Award winners.

Royal Society Trivedi Science Book Prize

The winner for this year's international prize for popular science writing has been announced.

The Baillie Gifford Prize

The 2023 winner of the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the United Kingdom has been announced.

American National Book Awards

The winners for 2023 have been announced in Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Translated literature and Young people’s literature.

David Cohen prize for literature

Awarded every two years to a living British or Irish writer in recognition of an entire body of work, written in the English language.

Hugo Award winners 2023

Find the best in Science Fiction & Fantasy with the winners and finalists of the Hugo Awards 2023.

Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2023 winner of this prestigious award has been announced: Jon Fosse.

James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Biography

The James Tait Black Prizes are Britain’s oldest literary awards. Find out the winning title and shortlist for this biography prize.

CWA Gold Dagger for Non-fiction

British Crime Writers Association award for a non-fiction work on a real-life crime theme or a closely-related subject.

Stonewall Book Awards

Winning titles from the American Library Association's annual awards for books relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

Lambda Literary Award winners announced

The Lammys (US) celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year.

2023 Pulitzer Prizes

Winners and finalists in the categories of biography, memoir or autobiography, drama, fiction, poetry, history and general non-fiction.

International fiction

Fiction literary prizes

National Book Critics Circle Awards (US)

The finalists have been announced in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Biography, Autobiography / Memoir, and Criticism categories.

Reference and User Services Association: Notable books

Awarded annually as part of the RUSA Book and Media Awards (American Library Association), in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Recognises the best fiction for adult readers published in the United States during the previous year. The 2024 winner has been announced.

The Dublin Literary Award

The longlist has been announced for this international book prize for a novel written in English or translated into English.

Booker Prize 2023

The 2023 Booker Prize winner has been announced. It is 'Prophet Song' by Paul Lynch.

American National Book Awards

The winners for 2023 have been announced in Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Translated literature and Young people’s literature.

David Cohen prize for literature

Awarded every two years to a living British or Irish writer in recognition of an entire body of work, written in the English language.

James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction

The James Tait Black Prizes are Britain’s oldest literary awards. Find out the winner and shortlisted titles this fiction prize.

Stonewall Book Awards

Winning titles from the American Library Association's annual awards for books relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

Women's Prize for Fiction

Honours and celebrates fiction written by women and published in the U.K. The 2023 winner is Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.

Lambda Literary Award winners announced

The Lammys (US) celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year.

International Booker Prize 2023

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov and translated by Angela Rodel has won this prestigious prize for works of fiction translated into English

International Dylan Thomas Prize

Awarded to published authors in the English language under the age of 39. This year's winner has been announced.

2023 Pulitzer Prizes

Winners and finalists in the categories of biography, memoir or autobiography, drama, fiction, poetry, history and general non-fiction.

Granta Best of Young British Novelists

Starting in 1983 every decade British literary magazine Granta produces a list of Britain's best young novelists, usually under 40 years old

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner 2023

The winner in the largest juried award for fiction in the US has been announced. It's The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li.

Genre fiction

Fiction literary prizes

Reference and User Services Association: Notable books

Awarded annually as part of the RUSA Book and Media Awards (American Library Association), in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Recognises the best fiction for adult readers published in the United States during the previous year. The 2024 winner has been announced.

Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

The winner for this year's Ngaio Marsh Award for the best crime novel by a New Zealand author is Remember me by Charity Norman.

Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel

View the winner of this year's prize as well as previous winners & finalists of the best first novel prize in NZ's crime writing awards.

World Fantasy Awards

The winner of the World Fantasy Awards (best novel category) has been announced.

Hugo Award winners 2023

Find the best in Science Fiction & Fantasy with the winners and finalists of the Hugo Awards 2023.

Anthony Awards

Find out the finalists and winner in the best novel category of the Anthony Awards, announced each year at the World Mystery Convention.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Honours fantasy fiction for adults. This year's winner has been announced as When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb.

CWA Historical Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association Historical Dagger is a British award for the best historical crime novel by an author of any nationality.

CWA Dagger Awards

Want to read award-winning crime and mystery fiction? Try the winners of the British Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards.

Bram Stoker Awards

International awards for horror writing named for the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker.

Women's Prize for Fiction

Honours and celebrates fiction written by women and published in the U.K. The 2023 winner is Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.

Sir Julius Vogel award winners 2023

Find out the winners in the annual awards for science fiction and fantasy creators from New Zealand.

Nebula Award winners

The best in Sci-fi and Fantasy, including Young Adult titles and movies, as decided by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

The winner of best novel in the Edgar Allen Poe Awards, as decided by the Mystery Writers of America.

Poetry prizes

Prizes for new/young writers

Prizes given to writers under a certain age or for a first work or debut.

Prizes for new writers

Ceased prizes

Find winners and shortlists for earlier prizes that are no longer running.

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