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Award Winners: Books

Audie Awards

Honors the best titles in audio publishing.

Caldecott Medal

Honors the best children's picture book of the year, is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Established to award and encourage literary talent in the British Commonwealth; two prizes of are awarded annually, for Best Book and Best First Book.

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Also known as the Edgars, are given by the Mystery Writers of America.

Hugo Award

Named for Hugo Gernsback, the "Father of Magazine Science Fiction," and it is sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society.

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international prize of its kind. It involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language.

James Beard Awards

Recognize the best books on culinary topics in categories including Cookbook of the Year, Wine and Spirits and Baking and Desserts.

Lannan Literary Award

Established in 1989 to recognize both new and established writers of the highest caliber.

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known in short as the Booker Prize, is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of either the Commonwealth of Nations or Ireland.

National Book Award

Started in 1950, the awards are presented annually to American authors for literature published in the prior year. Awards are given in each of four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. 2010 winners can be found here.

National Book Critics Circle Award

Awarded annually, it recognizes books in five categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism.

Nebula Awards

Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing.

Newbery Medal

Honors the author making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children.

Nobel Prize in Literature

Recognizes special achievements in Literature; awarded annually.

Orange Prize

The Orange Prize for Fiction is awarded to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English. Click here for past winners.

Pen/Faulkner Award

Recognizes an outstanding fiction book selected by judges who are themselves fiction writers.

Pulitzer Prize

Recognizes the best work in many categories, including fiction writing.

Rita Awards

Named after the Romance Writers of America's (RWA) first president, Rita Clay Estrada, the awards are presented annually by the RWA to the best novels in romantic fiction. Rita Award entrants are judged by fellow romance writers for quality in writing and overall excellence.