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2020 Major Book Awards Calendar 2020 and the Fiction Award Winners

2020 book awards calendar

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.


JANUARY

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

The Volunteer (Book)

The 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 Archive A 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.


MARCH

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. Winners for the awards presented in 2019 include There, There by Tommy Orange for The PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel.

  • Mar. 2, 2020 – Winners announced
  • Jan. 28, 2020 – Finalists
  • Dec. 13, 2019 – Longlist

Audie Awards

The Audie Awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment in 29 categories. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi narrated by Bahni Turpin for Audiobook of the Year.

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. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include Milkman, Anna Burns for Best Fiction.


APRIL

The Edgar Awards

The Edgar Awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include Down the River Unto the Sea, Walter Mosley for Best Novel.

  • Apr. 30, 2020 – Winners announced
  • Jan. 22, 2020 – Nominees

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include The Overstory, Richard Powers for Fiction.

  • Apr. 2020 – Winners and Nominated finalists announced

Stoker Award

The Stoker Award is a recognition presented annually by the Horror Writers Association for “superior achievement” in dark fantasy and horror writing. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay for Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Apr. 19, 2020 – Winners announced
  • Feb. 2020 – Finalists
  • Jan. 19, 2020 – Preliminary Ballot

May

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. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, Translated from French and Creole by Linda Coverdal for Fiction.

  • May 27, 2020 – Finalists and Winners
  • Apr. 11, 2020 – Longlist

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. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal for Best Novel.

  • May 31, 2020 – Winners
  • Feb. 2020 – Nominees

JUNE

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. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include An American Marriage, Tayari Jones for Best Novel.

  • Jun. 3, 2020 – Winner
  • Apr. 22 2020- Shortlist
  • Mar. 3, 2020 – Longlist

Locus Award

The Locus Award Winners. Recognizes excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal for Best Science Fiction Novel; Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik for Best Fantasy Novel; and The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay for Best Horror Novel.

  • Jun. 2020 – Winner
  • Apr. 2020 – Finalists

AUGUST

The Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards are for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. Winners of the awards presented in 2019 include The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal for Best Novel. and Artificial Condition, Martha Wells for Best Novella.

  • Aug. 1, 2020 – Winner
  • Mar. 2020 – Finalists

OCTOBER

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.

  • Oct. 2020 – Winner
  • Sep. 2020 – Shortlist
  • July 2020 – Longlist

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

NOVEMBER

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. 2020 – Nominees

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. 2020 – Winner
  • Oct. 2020 – Shortlist
  • Sep. 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. 2020 – Winners
  • Oct. 2020 – Finalists
  • Sep. 2020 – Longlist

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

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