Costa Coffee today announces the judging panels for the 2012 Costa Book Awards.
They include author and comedian Mark Watson; authors Wendy Holden, Marcus Sedgwick and Matt Whyman; actress and broadcaster Janet Ellis; novelist and Editor-in-Chief of Red Magazine, Sam Baker; poet Daljit Nagra and novelist and biographer, DJ Taylor.
The full panels are listed below:
COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
Janet Ellis: Actress and Broadcaster
Alison Flood: Books Journalist
Mark Watson: Author and Comedian
COSTA NOVEL AWARD
Sam Baker: Novelist and Editor-in-Chief, Red Magazine
Toby Clements:Book Reviewer and Author
Wendy Holden: Author
COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
Valerie Grove:Journalist and Biographer
Ron Johns: Managing Director, Mabecron Books
DJ Taylor: Novelist and Biographer
COSTA POETRY AWARD
Ted Hodgkinson:Online Editor, Granta
Susan Sinclair: Divisional Manager, Foyles
COSTA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD
Sarah Clarke:Range Manager, Waterstones
The judges’ task now is to read through the total of 568 books entered for this year’s Costa Book Awards.
They will then select shortlists and winners in their respective categories (First Novel,Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book) and the five award winners will form the shortlist for the 2012 Costa Book of the Year, which will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday January 29th, 2013.
The Costa Book Awards have the single aim of celebrating the most enjoyable books of the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. Originally established in 1971by Whitbread Plc, Costa, the UK's fastest-growing coffee shop chain, announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK's most prestigious book prize in 2006.
Recent winners of the Costa Book of the Year include Andrew Miller for Pure (2011), Jo Shapcott for Of Mutability (2010), Christopher Reid for A Scattering (2009), Sebastian Barry for The Secret Scripture (2008), Day by A. L. Kennedy (2007) and Stef Penney for The Tenderness of Wolves (2006).
Costa recently launched the Costa Short Story Award, a brand new Award for a single short story run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system. The new Award is for a single,previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English.
A panel of five judges will select a shortlist of six entries which will be revealed in November 2012. The public will then be invited to vote online for their favourite story from the six finalists. The two runners-up and winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on 29thJanuary 2013.
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The Costa Book Awards:
The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 to
encourage, promote and celebrate the best contemporary British writing.
The Costa Book Awards have the single aim of celebrating the most enjoyable books of the last
year by writers based in the UK and Ireland and have five categories: Novel, First Novel, Biography,
Poetry and Children's Book.