CBC Literary Awards
Description: Since 1979 the CBC Literary Awards have recognized Canadian authors in both English and French. The award recognizes accomplishments in three categories: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry.
Costa Book Awards
Description: Formerly recognized as the "Whitbread Awards," the Costa Awards officially assumed the sponsorship in 2006. The Costa Award is one of the United Kingdom's most coveted literary awards, recognizing achievements in fiction, Children's literature, poetry, and biography.
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Description: Internationally recognized, the IMPAC award is open to books written in any language. Click on "Award Archive" to view recipients and nominees from 1996 to 2006.
Nobel Laureates in Literature
Description: The prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to 103 persons since 1901.
The Giller Prize
Description: Sponsored by Scotiabank, the Giller Prize is awarded annually to celebrate the best in Canadian fiction -- long or short fiction -- and boasts one of the largest literary prize purses.
The Governor General's Literary Awards
Description: One of Canada's most prestigious literary honours, the Governor General's Literary Awards recognize the achievements of Canadian writers in a variety of categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, children's literature, French, and translation.
The Hans Christian Andersen Medal
Description: International recognition for achievements in Children's Literature. Currently awarded every two years to one author and one illustrator in recognition of his/her entire body of work.
The Man Booker Prize
Description: The Man Booker International Prize one writer for their achievement in contemporary fiction. Also see the "Man Booker International Prize" which also focuses on literary excellence
The Orange Prize for Fiction
Description: The Orange Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to a recognize the literary achievements of women authors.
The Pulitzer Prizes
Description: The Pulitzer Prize is awarded annually for achievements in a variety of areas: fiction, drama, history, biography/autobiography, poetry, music, journalism, reporting, photography, etc. Use the timeline at the top of the page to select each year's recipients and nominees.