Women dominate the 2016 Costa book award shortlists, with three previous winners in the running for this year’s best novel award: Maggie O’Farrell for This Must Be the Place, Rose Tremain for The Gustav Sonata and Sebastian Barry for Days Without End, reports Sian Cain.
Costa awards are open only to authors living in the UK and Ireland. Out of 596 entries, 20 contenders were picked, 4 in each of the five categories, including fiction and poetry. Women dominate 2016 shortlists, with 14 women named out of the 20 nominated across five categories, says Cain.
Rose Tremain, Maggie O’Farrell and Sarah Perry are leading contenders for the Costa, which awards a top prize of £30,000 (roughly $38,000).
Winners of each of the five categories are awarded £5,000. These five winners will then be considered for the Costa book of the year, with the winner being awarded a £30,000 top prize at a ceremony on January 31.