PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Awarded annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, this award “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” For a complete list of all PEN/Faulkner winners and finalists, visit the PEN/Faulkner Foundation website.

2019 Award Winner

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

2019 Award Finalists

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize “promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.” For a complete list of Man Booker recipients, visit the Man Booker Prize website.

2018 Recipient

Milkman: A Novel

2019 Short List

Award Web Site

National Book Award

Awarded annually by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Award website.

2019 Award For Fiction Winner

 

  • Trust Exercise, by Susan Choi

2019  Fiction Finalists

  • Sabrina & Corina, by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James
  • The Other Americans, by Laila Lalami
  • Disappearing Earth, by Julia Phillips

2019 Award for Poetry Winner

  • Sight Lines, by Arthur Sze

2019 Poetry Finalists

  • The Tradition, by Jericho Brown
  • “I”: New and Selected Poems, by Toi Derricotte
  • Deaf Republic, by Ilya Kaminsky
  • Be Recorder, by Carmen Giménez Smith,

2019 Award for Nonfiction Winner

2019 Nonfiction Finalists

2019 Award for Translated Literature Winner

2019 Translated Literature Finalists

  • Death Is Hard Work, by Khaled Khalifa, Translated from Arabic by Leri Price
  •  The Barefoot Woman, by Scholastique Mukasonga, Translated from French by Jordan Stump
  • The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa, Translated from Japanese by Stephen Snyder
  • Crossing, by Pajtim Statovci, Translated from Finnish by David Hackston

2019 Award for Young People’s Literature Winner

2019 Young People’s Literature Finalists

Pultizer Prize

Awarded annually in five categories for books (fiction, general nonfiction, history, biography/autobiography, and poetry), the Pulitzer Prize recognizes the best in letters and is considered by many the most prestigious award an author may receive. For a complete list of all Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

2019 Fiction Award Winner

Finalists

2019 General Nonfiction Award Winner

Amity and Prosperity

Finalists

2019 History Award Winner

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Finalists

2019 Biography Award Winner

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

Finalists

2019 Poetry Award Winner

Be With

Finalists

  • feeld, by Jos Charles
  • Like, by A. E. Stallings

Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

A joint initiative of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Library Association, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. For more, visit the Carnegie Medal website.

2019 Fiction Winner

The Great Believers

Finalists

2019 Nonfiction Winner

Heavy: An American Memoir

Finalists

Award Web Site

National Book Critics Circle Award

Recognizing “the finest books and reviews published in English”, The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually in six categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism. For a list of past winners and nominees, visit the National Book Critics Circle Award website.

2018 Fiction Award

Milkman: A Novel

Finalists

2018 Nonfiction Award

Directorate S

Finalists

2018 Autobiography Award

Belonging

Finalists

2018 Biography Award

Flash

Finalists

Criticism

Feel Free

Finalists

  • Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017, by Robert Christgau
  • Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, by Stephen Greenblatt
  • To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight, by Terrance Hayes
  • The Reckonings: Essays, by Lacy M. Johnson

Poetry

The Carrying

Finalists

John Leonard Prize

There There

Finalists

 

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award

The Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award began 1998 to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. The award was established to encourage reading for students in Grades K-3. Like the Charlie May Simon Awards, the award is selected by an annual vote. Children in Grades K-3 must have read at least three of the titles from the annual reading list and select one title. For a complete list of all Arkansas Diamond winners, visit the Arkansas State Library website.

2019 Award Winner

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

2nd Place

3rd Place

Charlie May Simon Award

The Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award for children’s literature has been presented annually since 1971 to an author whose book has been selected through a vote taken by Arkansas school children in grades four, five and six. The purpose of the award is to promote better reading for children and to recognize Mrs. John Gould Fletcher, an outstanding Arkansas author who wrote under the pen name Charlie May Simon. For a complete list of all Charlie Simon Award winners, visit the Arkansas State Library website.

2019 Award Winner

Wish

  • Wish, by Barbara O’Connor

2nd Place

  • Soar, by Joann Bauer

3rd Place

 

Arkansas Teen Book Award

The purpose of this award is to encourage young adults across Arkansas to read.  The award recognizes books in two divisions: Level 1, 7th-9th grade and Level 2, 10th-12th grade. For a complete list of all Arkansas Teen Book Award winners, visit the Arkansas State Library website.

2019 Winner Level 1 (Grades 7-9)

Long Way Down

2019 Level 1 Honorable Mentions

2019 Winner Level 2 (Grades 10-12)

The Hate U Give

2019 Level 2 Honorable Mentions

 

Award Web Site

Pura Belpré Award

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, the Pura Belpré Award is given to the “Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth”. For a complete list of all Belpré winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2020 Author Award winner:

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

2020 Author Honor Books

2020 Illustrator Award winner:

Dancing Hands

2020 Illustrator Honor Books

 

Caldecott Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Caldecott Medal is given to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in English in the United States during the preceding year.” For a complete list of all Caldecott winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2020 Award Winner

The Undefeated

  • The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander,

2020 Honor Books

  • Bear Came Along, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. Morris
  • Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J. Loney
  • Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Geisel Award

Named in honor of Theoder Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the Geisel Award is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to “the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year”. For a complete list of all Geisel winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2019 Award Winner

Fox the Tiger

2019 Honor Books

 

Sibert Medal

Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Sibert Medal is given to “author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book published in English during the preceding year”. For a complete list of all Sibert winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2019 Award Winner

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

2019 Honor Books

 

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. For a complete list of all Newbery winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2019 Medal Winner

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

2019 Honor Books

 

The Batchelder Award is awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States during the preceding year. For a complete list of all Batchelder winners and honor books, visit the ALSC website.

2019 Winner

The Fox on the Swing

  • The Fox on the Swing, published by Thames & Hudson, Inc., written by Evelina Daciūtė, illustrated by Aušra Kiudulaitė, and translated by The Translation Bureau

2019 Honor Books

  • Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, published by NorthSouth Books, Inc., written by Torben Kuhlmann, illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann, and translated by David Henry Wilson
  • Jerome By Heart, published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Thomas Scotto illustrated by Olivier Tallec, and translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Karin Snelson
  • My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder, published by Graphic Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., written and illustrated by Nie Jun, and translated by Edward Gauvin
  • Run For Your Life, published by Yonder, an imprint of Restless Books, Inc., written by Silvana Gandolfi, translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

 

Award Web Site

Coretta Scott King Award

Awarded annually by the American Library Association, the King Award is given to “African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions”. For a complete list of all King Award winners and honor books, visit the ALA website.

2019 Author Winner

A Few Red Drops

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, by Claire Hartfield,

Author Honor Books

2019 Illustrator Winner

The Stuff of Stars

The Stuff of Stars, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Marion Dane Bauer

Illustrator Honor Books

2019 John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Author)

Monday's Not Coming

2019 John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Illustrator)

Thank You, Omu!

Award Web Site

Edgar Awards

Named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar is given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition of excellence in mystery fiction and nonfiction. For a complete list of Edgar winners and nominees, visit the Edgar Awards website.

2019 Novel Award Winner

Down the River Unto the Sea

2020 Best Novel Nominees

2019 First Novel Winner

Bearskin

2020 Best First Novel Nominees

2019 Fact Crime Winner

Tinderbox

2020 Best Fact Crime Nominees

2019 Best Paperback Original Winner

If I Die Tonight

2020 Best Paperback Original Nominees

2019 Best Critical/Biographical Winner

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s

 2020 Best Critical/Biographical Nominees

2019 Best Juvenile Winner

Other Wood

2020 Best Juvenile Nominees

2019 Best Young Adult Winner

Sadie

  • Sadie, by Courtney Summers

2020 Best Young Adult Nominees

2019 Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner

The Widows of Malabar Hill

2020 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominees

The Hugo Awards

Given by the members of the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo Awards recognize excellence in the genre of science fiction and fantasy. For a complete list of past winners and nominees, visit the Hugo Awards website.

2019 Best Novel

2019 Finalists

2019 Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book Winner

2019 Finalists

Nebula Awards

Presented annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Nebula Awards “celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing”. For a complete list of past winners and nominees, visit the Nebula Awards website.

2018 Best Novel Winner

The Calculating Stars

2018 Best Novel Nominees

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

2018 Winner

Children of Blood and Bone

2018 Nominees

Award Web Site

Thurber Prize for American Humor

Given annually by the Thurber House, the Thurber Prize for American Humor recognizes works of humorous fiction and non-fiction written by American citizens. For a complete list of past winners and nominees, visit the Thurber Prize website.

2018 Winner

Priestdaddy

2019 Finalists

Award Web Site