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Prizewinners

We all know awards are subjective, epitomizing humankind's insufficient instinct to wrangle infinite nuance into submission by way of categorization and hierarchy—but when it comes to selecting the next book to read, they can be helpful in guiding you toward gems that may otherwise pass under the radar. Below you will find a rotating selection of book awards. Some are well-known, others are less so, but in each case, we hope you find they open you up to new literary experiences, tidily classified or no. Enjoy!

The Big Three

Man Booker Prize: an award given annually for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom.
National Book Award Prize: given annually to U.S. authors for books published in the United States, highlighting the best contribution in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature.
Pulitzer Prize: in recognition of achievement in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.

Fiction

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award: in recognition of career contributions to children’s and youth literature.
The Center For Fiction First Novel Prize: in recognition of the best debut novel.
European Union Prize For Literature: spotlights the creativity and diversity of Europe’s contemporary fiction.
German Book Prize: in recognition of the best German language novel of the year.
Le Grand Prix du Roman: the highest honor given each year by the Académie française.
The Hugo Awards: in recognition of the best science fiction or fantasy works.
Pen/Faulkner Award For Fiction: in recognition of the year's best works of fiction by living American citizens
The Rooney Prize For Literature: in recognition of an emerging Irish writer under forty years of age whose body of work shows exceptional promise.
Thurber Prize For American Humor: in recognition of outstanding contributions to the art of humor writing in the United States.
Wallace Stevens Award: in recognition of proven mastery in the art of poetry.

Nonfiction

The Baillie Gifford Prize: formerly known as the Samuel Johnson Prize, a British award given annually in recognition of the best non-fiction writing in the English language.
Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards: to promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.
Costa Book Awards: in recognition of English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize: in recognition of written works that promote peace.
Hessell-Tiltman Prize: in recognition of a non-fiction book with specifically historical content.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Award: given annually by the Phi Beta Kappa society in recognition the most significant non-fiction contributions to the humanities.
Thurber Prize For American Humor: in recognition of outstanding contributions to the art of humor writing in the United States.

Children's and Young Adult

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: in recognition of excellence in literature for children and young adults.
Caldecott Medal: The Randolph Caldecott Medal isin recognition of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Cybils Awards: The Cybils Awards, or Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, are prizes given annually by people who blog about children's and young-adult books.
The Golden Kite Awards: given annually in recognition of excellence in children’s literature in five categories.
Newbery Medal: given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children in recognition of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Sibert Medal: The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is an award given annually in recognition of the most distinguished informational book published in English.