There are 5 categories:
- First Novel
- Children’s Book
Each category winner will receive £5,000. One of the winners is finally selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year with a further £30,000 prize.
The category shortlists will be announced in November 2013 and the category winners will be declared in early January 2014 with an awards presentation following on Tuesday, 28th January 2014.
The 2013 entry form is available to download, you can find it here.
In 1971 the Whitbread Literary Awards were first awarded which in 1985 became the Whitbread Book Awards. When Costa Coffee took over sponsorship from Whitbread the award was renamed to today’s Costa Book Awards. Winner of the past include Philip Pullman’s Amber Spyglass and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.