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Dates for the Literary Calendar

Lost track of the many literary prizes and literary dates? Just missed the announcement of the Booker or Pulitzer prize winners? Join the club! Even we struggle to keep up. Here’s a bit of help with all the important literary dates for your calendar. We’ve focused mainly on dates for the UK except some internationally significant book prizes. For those events where dates for 2018 have not yet been published, we have used the 2017 dates. Please let us know in the comment field below if we missed any (which we surely have)!

January

2nd  – Costa Prize Category Winners (2018)

27th Jan  – 3rd Feb – National Storytelling Week (2018)

30th – Costa Book of the Year Winner (2018)

 

February

1st – Harry Potter Book Night (2018)

8th – Wellcome Book Prize Long-list (2018)

14th – International Book Giving Day (2018)

 

March

1st – World Book Day (2018)

8th – Women’s Prize for Fiction Long-list (Previously known as Bailey’s Prize) (every year)

12th– 18th  – Shakespeare Week (2018)

12th – Man Booker Prize International Long-list (2018)

15th – National Book Critics Circle Awards (US) (2018)

20th – World Storytelling Day (2018)

20th – Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist (2018)

 

April

2nd – International Children’s Book Day (2018)

23rd – Women’s Prize for Fiction short-list (2018)

16th  – The Pulitzer Prize (US) (2018)

12th – Man Booker Prize International short-list (2018)

23rd – World Book Night (2018)

30th – Wellcome Book Prize Winner (2018)

 

May

22nd – Man Booker Prize International winner (2018)

24th May – 3rd June – Hay Literary Festival (2018)

 

June

6th – Women’s Prize for Fiction winner (2018)

16th – 23rd – Independent Bookshop Week (2018)

 

July

 27th – Man Booker Long-list (2017, date for 2018 TBC)

 

August

 11th – 27th – Edinburgh International Book Festival (2018)

 

September

13th – Man Booker short-list (2017, date for 2018 TBC)

13th – Roald Dahl Day (every year)

23th – 29th – Banned Books Week (2018)

 

October

Black History Month (every year)

4th – National Poetry Day (2018)

5th -14th – Cheltenham Literary Festival (2018)

5th – Nobel Prize for Literature (2017)

9th -14th – National Libraries Week (2018)

10th – 14th  – Frankfurt Book Fair (2018)

13th Oct – 1st Nov – London Literature Festival (2017)

16th – Man Booker Prize winner (2018)

21st – Everybody Writes Day (2018)

 

November

6th – Prix Goncourt (France) (2017)

13th -17th  – Booktrust Children’s Book Week (2017)

15th Nov – National Book Awards (US) (2017)

21st Nov – Costa Book Awards short-list (2017)

 

December

 None

 

For a more comprehensive overview of all UK literary festival, click here.

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