The Costa 2016 Book Awards are dominated by female writers this year, with 14 out of 20 writers being female across the 5 categories. This figure has gradually increased over the past 45 years and has two more writers than the 12 in 2015. Poetry, for the first time, has an all female shortlist as well.
These book awards focus on authors that live in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The 596 authors and poets who are submitted are whittled down to 20 over the five categories. Every winner of each category which are awarded on the 5th of January are given £5,000. These winners will then be considered for Costas Book of the Year award will then be awarded £30,000.
The five categories are Novel, First Novel, Children’s Book, Biography and Poetry. There are three returning authors that have been previously nominated. Maggie O’Farrell who is nominated this year for her book This Must Be The Place and Sebastian Barry who has the book Days Without End is also nominated.
Rapper and Author, Kate Tempest, is nominated in the Poetry category, for her collection Let Them Eat Chaos. She is nominated alongside Alice Oswald and Melissa Lee-Houghton who have published by the independent company, Penned in the Margins.
For the Children’s Book category, the bestselling author of the series Horrid Henry, Francesca Simon, has been nominated for her new series The Monstrous Child, which is aimed at teenagers. She is nominated alongside Brian Conaghan for his novel The Bombs That Brought Us Together and Ross Welford’s debut novel Time Travelling With a Hamster.
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