2020 Major Book Awards Calendar 2020 and the Fiction Award Winners

Here’s a first look at dates for some of the MAJOR Book Awards Calendar for 2020. Fiction awards winners will be published as they are announced. We’re also now hosting a Book Awards Reading Challenge for 2020 – so check it out and join in as we choose a book from the award winners to read each month.

2020 book awards calendar


Costa Book Awards

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognizes books written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. The prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year.

Book of the Year Winner – The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather

ThThe Volunteer (Book)e incredible story of Witold Pilecki – one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War – a Polish resistance fighter who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz where he forged an underground army, sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi officers, gathered evidence of the mass murder of the Jews and spread news of the Holocaust to the Allies.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognize the best Fiction and Non-Fiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The awards are given by the American Library Association, and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.

Fiction Winner – Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children ArchiveA mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.


PEN America Literary Awards

The PEN America Literary Awards have honored outstanding voices in translation, fiction, poetry, science writing, essay, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama. PEN America confers over 20 distinct awards, fellowships, grants and prizes each year.

Thr Ten Loves of Mr. NishinoWinners for the awards presented in 2020 include The Ten Loves of Nishino for The PEN Translation Prize.

Who loves Mr Nishino?

Minami is the daughter of Mr Nishino’s true love.
Bereaved Shiori is tempted by his unscrupulous advances.
His colleague Manami should know better.
His conquest Reiko treasures her independence above all else.
Friends Tama and Subaru find themselves playing Nishino’s game, but Eriko loves her cat more.
Sayuri is older, Aichan is much younger, and Misono has her own conquests to make.

For each of them, an encounter with elusive womaniser Mr Nishino will bring torments, desires and delights.

Audie Awards

The Audie Awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment in 29 categories.

The Only Plane in the SkyWinners of the awards presented in 2020 include Audiobook of the Year for The Only Plane in the Sky, Garrett M. Graff – Narrated by a Full 45-Person Cast with Holter Graham, published by Simon & Schuster Audio.

Read the story of the day as it was lived—in the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members.

National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle Awards honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories – autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Also added in recent years is the John Leonard Award, a new prize honoring an author’s first book. These are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves.

Fiction Winner – Everything Inside: Stories, Edwidge Danicat

In these eight powerful, emotionally absorbing stories, a romance unexpectedly sparks between two wounded friends; everything insidea marriage ends for what seem like noble reasons, but with irreparable consequences; a young woman holds on to an impossible dream even as she fights for her survival; two lovers reunite after unimaginable tragedy, both for their country and in their lives; a baby’s christening brings three generations of a family to a precarious dance between old and new; a man falls to his death in slow motion, reliving the defining moments of the life he is about to lose.


The Edgar Awards

The Edgar Awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television.

Best Novel Winner – The Stranger Diaries, Elly Griffiths

The Stranger DiariesClare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favourite literature.

Stoker Award

The Stoker Award is a recognition presented annually by the Horror Writers Association for “superior achievement” in dark fantasy and horror writing.

Superior Achievement in a Novel – Coyote Rage, Owl Goingback

Coyote is on a murderous hunt, leaving behind a trail of carnage. The shape-shifter is determined to kill the human rcoyote rageepresentatives to the Great Council in Galun’lati, eliminating the rule of mankind in the New World. But Raven has overheard the Trickster’s evil plan, and will do anything to protect Luther Watie and his daughter, Sarah Reynolds, even if it means turning his skin inside out.


Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.

Fiction Winner – The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

Elwood is a high school senior about to start classes at a local college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.” In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors. Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.

Best Translated Book Awards

The Best Translated Book Awards honor the best original works of international fiction and poetry published in the U.S. during the previous year.

Fiction Winner – EEG, Daša Drndić’ Translated by Celia Hawkesworth

EEGAndreas Ban failed in his suicide attempt. Even as his body falters and his lungs constrict, he taps on the glass of history – an impenetrable case filled with silent figures – and tries to summon those imprisoned within. Mercilessly, fearlessly, he continues to dissect society and his environment, shunning all favours as he goes after the evils and hidden secrets of others. History remembers the names of perpetrators, not of the victims. Ban travels from Rijeka to Rovinj in nearby Istria, from Belgrade to Toronto to Tirana, from Parisian avenues to Italian palazzi. Ghosts follow him wherever he goes: chess grandmasters who disappeared during WWII; the lost inhabitants of Latvia; war criminals who found work in the C.I.A. and died peacefully in their beds. Ban’s family is with him too: those he has lost and those with one foot in the grave. As if left with only a few pieces in a chess game, Andreas Ban plays a stunning last match against Death.

Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. They are given each year for various categories including best novel, novella, novelette, short story along with the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Novel Winner – A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker

A Song for a New DayRosemary Laws barely remembers the Before times. She spends her days in Hoodspace, helping customers order all of their goods online for drone delivery–no physical contact with humans needed. By lucky chance, she finds a new job and a new calling: discover amazing musicians and bring their concerts to everyone via virtual reality. The only catch is that she’ll have to do something she’s never done before and go out in public. Find the illegal concerts and bring musicians into the limelight they deserve. But when she sees how the world could actually be, that won’t be enough.


Locus Award

The Locus Award Winners. Recognizes excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature.

Winners – 2020

Locus Award Winners 2020

Science Fiction Novel – The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Andrews

Fantasy Novel – Middlegame, Seanan McGuire

Horror Novel – Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James

British Book Awards

The British Book Awards or Nibbies are literary awards for the best UK writers and their works.

Overall Book of the Year – Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie (Book)

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.


The Shirley Jackson Awards

The Shirley Jackson Awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.

Best Novel -The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter

the book of xCassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in.


The Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards are for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

Best Novel – A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine

a memory called empireAmbassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.


Women’s Prize for Fiction

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is a UK-based award honoring the best novel of the year written in English by a female author.

Best Novel – Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell

hamnetWarwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.


The Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize is awarded to ‘those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind’. Both the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes in Literature were awarded in 2019. Olga Tokarczuk received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.” Peter Handke received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature “for influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of the human experience.

  • Oct. 2020 – Winners


Booker Prize

The Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK or Ireland. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2), Margaret Atwood AND Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo.

World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards are a set of awards given each year for the best fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include Witchmark, C.L. Polk for Best Novel.

  • Nov. 1, 2020 – Winner
  • Jul. 27, 2020 – Finalists

The Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is a literary award given to a Canadian author of a novel or short story collection published in English the previous year. The Winner of the award presented in 2019 was Reproduction, Ian Williams.

  • Nov. 9, 2020 – Winner
  • Oct. 5, 2020 – Shortlist
  • Sep. 8, 2020 – Longlist

National Book Award

The National Book Awards celebrates the best in American literature. The Awards currently honors the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include Trust Exercise, Susan Choi for Best Fiction.

  • Nov. 18, 2020 – Winners
  • Oct. 6, 2020 – Finalists
  • Sep. 16-18, 2020 – Longlist

Here’s a link to the Major Book Awards Calendar for 2019 and the Fiction Award Winners.

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