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Book Awards

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Browse through lists of book awards to find a great read.

Award-winning Books

From the Lists of Bests site: a compendium of book lists, including award-winners:


United States Awards

Colorado Book Award
Administered annually by the Colorado Center for the Book, honoring Colorado authors writing in a variety of categories.

Edgar Award
Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best fiction and nonfiction mystery writing.

National Book Award
Five-member panels select the highest achievement in United States writing - Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Fiction.

National Book Critics Award
Awards from the best books and best reviews published in English.

Quill Award
Consumer-based award which celebrates the best books of the year, awarded in nineteen different categories.

Romance Writers of America RITA Award
Awarded annually by a panel of members of the Romance Writers of America.

Spur Award
Awarded annually by the Western Writers of America for distinguished writing about the American West.

International Awards


British Book Awards
Awarded annually by members of the publishing trade in Great Britain.

Canadian literary prize for fiction.

Governor General's Literary Awards
From the Canadian Council for the Arts, awarded to Canadian literature in 14 different categories.

The Man Booker Prize
Highlighting the best novel of the year, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.

Nobel Prize in Literature
International award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

Pulitzer Prize
Awarded at Columbia University each May for achievement in Fiction, Biography, Nonfiction, History, and Poetry.