General Fiction Award Winners

The Man Booker Prize for fiction is awarded to an outstanding original novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom.  Pulitzer Prizes are awarded in several categories to recognize outstanding writing.  National Book Awards (NBA) are presented annually by the National Book Foundation. The Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction is awarded by the American Library Association.

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich2021 Pulitzer | The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Deacon King Kong by James McBride2021 Carnegie | Deacon King Kong by James McBride
2020 Booker | Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Interior Chinatown2020 NBA | Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead2020 Pulitzer | Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli2020 Carnegie | The Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Testaments, by Margaret Atwood2019 Booker | The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (co-winner)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo2019 Booker | Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (co-winner)
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi2019 NBA | Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
The Overstory by Richard Powers2019 Pulitzer | The Overstory by Richard Powers
2018 NBA | The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
2018 Pulitzer | Less by Andrew Sean Greer
2017 Booker | Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward2017 NBA | Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead2017 Pulitzer, 2016 NBA | The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Sellout, by Paul Beatty2016 Booker | The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thank Nguyen2016 Pulitzer | The Sympathizer by Viet Thank Nguyen
A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James2015 Booker | A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Fortune Smiles, by Adam Johnson2015 NBA | Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan2014 Booker | The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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General Nonfiction Award Winners

Pulitzer Prizes are awarded in several categories to recognize outstanding writing.  National Book Awards (NBA) are presented annually by the National Book Foundation.


Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino2021 Pulitzer - Nonfiction | Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
The Dead Are Arising2020 NBA - Nonfiction | The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
The End of the Myth2020 Pulitzer - Nonfiction | The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer
The Undying2020 Pulitzer - Nonfiction | The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin
Amity and Prosperity2019 Pulitzer - Nonfiction | Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C Stewart2019 Pulitzer - Biography | The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C Stewart
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W Blight2019 Pulitzer - History | Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W Blight
2018 NBA | The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C Stewart
2018 NBA - Young People's Literature | The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
2018 Pulitzer - Biography | Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
2018 Pulitzer - History | The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E Davis
2018 Pulitzer - Nonfiction | Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
2017 NBA | The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
2017 NBA - Young People's Literature | Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
2017 Pulitzer - Biography | The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
2017 Pulitzer -History | Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
2017 Pulitzer - Nonfiction | Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
2016 NBA | Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi
2016 NBA - Young People's Literature | March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
2016 Pulitzer - Biography | Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
2016 Pulitzer - History | Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by TJ Stiles
2016 Pulitzer - Nonfiction | Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
2015 NBA | Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2015 NBA - Young People's Literature | Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

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Black Author Award Winners

The NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature is an annual award presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to honor outstanding literature. Black Caucus American Library Association Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors.


The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley2021 Image Fiction | The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley
A Promised Land by Barack Obama2021 Image Nonfiction | A Promised Land by Barack Obama
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett2021 BCALA Fiction | The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.2021 BCALA Nonfiction | Begin Again by Eddie S Glaude, Jr.
The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton2020 Image Fiction | The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison2020 Image Nonfiction | The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison
Nickel Boys Book Cover2020 BCALA Fiction | Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Dapper Dan Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day2020 BCALA Nonfiction | Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day
2019 Image Fiction & 2019 BCALA Fiction | An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore, with Veronica Chambers2019 Image Nonfiction | For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore, with Veronica Chambers
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke2019 BCALA Nonfiction | The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
The Annotated African American Folktales Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Maria Tatar2018 Image Fiction | The Annotated African American Folktales by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies2018 Image Nonfiction | Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies by Dick Gregory
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay2018 BCALA Fiction | Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Chester B. Himes: A Biography2018 BCALA Nonfiction | Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson
The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden2017 Image Fiction | The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly2017 Image Nonfiction & 2017 BCALA Nonfiction | Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson2017 BCALA Fiction | Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray2016 Image Fiction | Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk2016 Image Nonfiction & 2016 BCALA Nonfiction | Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison2016 BCALA Fiction | God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

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Bram Stoker Awards

The Bram Stoker Award is a recognition presented annually by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for superior achievement in dark fantasy and horror writing.  For more information, visit the Horror Writers Association website.


The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones2020 Novel | The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Grotesque: Monster Stories by Lee Murray2020 Fiction Collection | Grotesque: Monster Stories by Lee Murray
Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner2020 Nonfiction | Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner
Coyote Rage cover2019 Novel | Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback
Growing Things book cover2019 Fiction Collection | Growing Things: and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay
Monster, She Wrote book cover2019 Nonfiction | Monster, She Wrote: the Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay2018 Novel | The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard2018 Fiction Collection | That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard
It's Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson2018 Nonfiction | It's Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson
2017 Novel | Ararat by Christopher Golden
2017 Fiction Collection | Strange Weather by Joe Hill
2016 Novel | The Fisherman by John Langan
2016 Fiction Collection | The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates
2015 Novel | A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
2015 Fiction Collection | While the Black Stars Burn by Lucy A Snyder
2014 Novel | Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem
2014 Fiction Collection | Soft Apocalypses by Lucy A Snyder
2013 Novel | Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
2013 Fiction Collection | The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron
2012 Novel | The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R Kiernan
2012 Fiction Collection | Black Dahlia and White Rose by Joyce Carol Oates

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Fantasy & Sci-Fi Award Winners

The Hugo Awards, named for author Hugo Gernsback, are a set of literary awards given annually at the World Science Fiction Convention for the best science fiction or fantasy works of the previous year.  The Nebula Awards are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.


A Song for a New Day book cover2020 Nebula Award | A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
A Memory Called Empire book cover2020 Hugo Award | A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal2019 Hugo Award & 2019 Nebula Award | The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
2018 Hugo Award & 2018 Nebula Award | The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
2017 Nebula Award | All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jan Anders
2017 Hugo Award | The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
2016 Nebula Award | Uprooted by Naomi Novik
2016 Hugo Award | The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
2015 Nebula Award | Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
2015 Hugo Award | The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
2014 Nebula and Hugo Awards |Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
2013 Nebula Award | 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
2013 Hugo Award | Redshirts by John Scalzi
2012 Nebula Award | Among Others by Jo Walton
2013 Hugo Award | Among Others by Jo Walton
2011 Nebula and Hugo Awards | All Clear by Connie Willis
2011 Nebula and Hugo Awards | Blackout by Connie Willis
2010 Nebula and Hugo Awards | Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
2010 Hugo Award | The City & The City by China Mieville
2009 Nebula Award | Powers by Ursula K LeGuin

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Mystery Award Winners

The Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie, are literary awards for mystery and crime writers who write in the cozy mystery subgenre (i.e. closed setting, no sex or violence, amateur detective). The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.


Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara2021 Edgar Award | Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
The Long Call by Ann Cleeves2020 Contemporary Novel, Agatha Award | The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
2020 Historical Novel, Agatha Award | Charity's Burden by Edith Maxwell
The Stranger Diaries book cover2020 Edgar Award | The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
The Long Call book cover2019 Contemporary Novel, Agatha Award | The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
2019 Historical Novel, Agatha Award | Charity's Burden by Edith Maxwell
2019 Edgar Award | Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
2018 Contemporary Novel, Agatha Award | Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron
2018 Historical Novel, Agatha Award | The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
2018 Edgar Award | Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke | 2018
2017 Contemporary Novel, Agatha Award | Glass Houses by Louise Penny
2017 Historical Novel, Agatha Award | In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
2017 Edgar Award | Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
2016 Contemporary Novel, Agatha Award | A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
2016 Historical Novel, Agatha Award | The Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson
2016 Edgar Award | Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
2015 Contemporary Novel, Agatha Award | Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron
2015 Historical Novel, Agatha Award | Dreaming Spies by Laurie R King
2015 Edgar Award | Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
2014 Contemporary Novel, Agatha Award | Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
2014 Historical Novel, Agatha Award | Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
2014 Edgar Award | Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

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The Rita Vivian Awards

These awards are presented by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) to recognize outstanding romance novels and novellas. The final Rita awards were given in 2019. No awards were given in 2020, and the award was rebranded "Vivian" for 2021.  For more information, visit the Romance Writers of America website.


False Start by Jessica Ruddick2021 Contemporary: Long | False Start by Jessica Ruddick
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase2021 Historical: Long | Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase
Hail Mary by Hope Anika2021 Suspense: Long | Hail Mary by Hope Anika
Love Me Like a Love Song by Annmarie Boyle2021 Best First Book | Love Me Like a Love Song by Annmarie Boyle
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan2019 Contemporary: Long | Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy2019 Historical: Long | A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy
Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward2019 Paranormal | Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward
Fearless by Elizabeth Dyer2019 Suspense | Fearless by Elizabeth Dyer
Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne2019 First Book | Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne
The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano2019 Inspirational | The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano
Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan2018 Contemporary: Long | Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen2018 Historical: Long | Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe2018 Paranormal | Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe
The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon2018 Suspense | The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria2018 First Book | Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac2018 Inspirational | Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
2017 Contemporary: Long | Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
2017 Historical: Long | No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke
2017 Paranormal | Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy
2017 Suspense | Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton
2017 First Book | Once and for All by Cheryl Etchison
2017 Inspirational | My Hope Next Door by Tammy L Gray
2016 Contemporary: Long | Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates
2016 Historical: Long | Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
2016 Paranormal | Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles
2016 Suspense | Flash Fire by Dana Marton
2016 First Book | Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
2016 Inspirational | A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

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