How many times have you chosen your next lectures by following the books awards winners? For me, it happened already beyond counting. And there were both lucky and disappointing books.
But the article today is not about lecture preferences, but about the most important, waited and prestigious book awards in the world. Let’s dig into the subject, shall we?
5 most coveted book prizes in the world
- Man Booker Prize is an English literary prize and it takes place each year. The winner will be an original novel, written, per se, in English and binding published in the United Kingdom. As you will find on their webpage, “The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for five decades.”
In 2018, the Man Booker Prize celebrated their 50th birthday. And the lucky winner of this English prestigious prize was Anna Burns, with her novel “Milkman”. A book which, by the way, is on our book wishlist.
- Nobel Prize in Literature comes from Sweden and it is one of the most sonorous awards in the world. Since 1901, this event celebrates the work of an author from any country he is. Following the will of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the award goes to the writer who “in the field of literature, had the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”. Last year, in 2018, the ceremony was canceled, due to a sex scandal in which the husband of one member of the Academy was the main character. “The present decision was arrived at in view of the currently diminished academy and the reduced public confidence in the academy,” the body, founded by King Gustav III in 1786 and still under royal patronage, said in a statement.
- The Pulitzer Prize comes from the US and it includes 21 categories. So you may know already about the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, Music, Fiction and many more. The first Pulitzer Prizes happened in 1917, in June. Nowadays, the contest announces its winners each April. Going back to books, in 2018, the winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was the novel “Less”, by Andrew Sean, which also got a review on our blog.
- Neustadt International Prize for Literature is one of the most prestigious literary prizes and people often compare it with the Nobel Prize for Literature. The event established in 1969 and its principal sponsor is the University of Oklahoma. Last year, the great winner was Edwidge Danticat with “The Dew Breaker”.
- Hugo Awards and The Hugo Award for Best Novel is given each year for science fiction or fantasy stories published or translated into English during the previous calendar year. The first award happened in 1953, while in 2018, the winner was N. K. Jemisin, with the “Stone Sky”.
Why following the literary award trends?
Despite the educational contribution, each book award event is a perfect occasion to find your new favorite book. It’s not only about the winners, but about the nominees. Follow the new authors, from which you might discover great talent and a writer whose work covers your literary tastes.
There are more than these 5 literary events we have mentioned from where you can get great book inspiration. Just search for your favorites.