Helen Dunmore, the acclaimed British author and poet who died last June, won the £30,000 (about $42,450) Costa Book of the Year award for her poetry collection, Inside the Wave. She is the second writer to take the overall prize posthumously in the award's 46-year history, joining Ted Hughes, who was honored in 1998 for Birthday Letters.
Wendy Holden, chair of the final judges, said: "We all felt this is a modern classic; a fantastic collection, life affirming and uplifting. The poems carry powerful messages that speak to all of us." Luan Goldie won the £3,500 (about $4,950) Costa Short Story Award for "Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns."
Finalists have been announced for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards. Nearly $315,000 will be awarded altogether to writers and translators whose exceptional literary works were published in 2017 and span fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, science writing, sports writing, translation, and more. Winners will be named February 20. View the complete shortlists here.
For the first time, all five finalists for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction are women, including Hannah Lillith Assadi for Sonora (Soho Press), Venita Blackburn for Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories (University of Nebraska Press), Carmen Maria Machado for Her Body and Other Parties: Stories (Graywolf Press), Emily Fridlund for History of Wolves (Grove Atlantic), and Jenny Zhang for Sour Heart (Lenny).