Students need to read one recent prize winner or short list nominee. There are four prizes which are in this category:
Recent is seen as the last ten years. Any novel older than ten years will be automatically placed in the ‘Open Option’ category.
Nominees (short listed, finalists) will only be mentioned when a student has put it on his or her list. Complete lists of nominees can be found at their appropriate websites.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. The Man Booker prize is awarded every October.
Man Booker (website)
2012 – Hillary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies
2013 – Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
2015 – Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings
2017 – George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded every April.
A full list can be found here (including finalists, which are the ‘nominees’): Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
2011 – Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
2012 – no award
2013 – Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son
2014 – Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
Costa Book Award (discontinued)
The Costa Book Awards are a set of annual literary awards recognising English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland. They were inaugurated for 1971 publications and known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006 when Costa Coffee, a subsidiary of Whitbread, took over sponsorship. There are six awards,. Most relevant here are the Novel Award and the Book of the Year Award. If the Book of the Year (BotY) award is a novel, it is also mentioned. The Costa Book Award was discontinued in February 2022.
Costa Book Award (website)
2011 – Andrew Miller, Pure
2012 – Hilary Mantel, Bring Up The Bodies
2019 – Jonathan Coe, Middle England [goodreads]
2020 – Monique Roffey – The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story [goodreads]
National Book Award
The National Book Award for Fiction is one of five annual National Book Awards, which recognize outstanding literary work by United States citizens. Winners are announced in November.
National Book Award (website)
2011 – Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones
2012 – Louise Erdrich – The Round House
2013 – James McBride – The Good Lord Bird
2014 – Phil Klay – Redeployment
2015 – Adam Johnson – Fortune Smiles
2017 – Jesmyn Ward – Sing, Unburied, Sing
2018 – Sigrid Nunez – The Friend
2019 – Susan Choi – Trust Exercise
2020 – Charles Yu – Interior Chinatown
2021 – Jason Mott – Hell of a Book