It is the ninth year of Costa sponsoring this prestigious award.
Uniquely, the prize has five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way.
Last year’s winner was The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.
The category shortlists were announced on 18th November 2014.
Costa Novel Award
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
House of Ashes by Monique Roffey
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Costa First Novel Award
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
Academy Street by Mary Costello
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Chop Chop by Simon Wroe
Costa Biography Award
Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life by John Campbell
The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
Costa Poetry Award
The Whole and Rain-domed Universe by Colette Bryce
My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards
A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde by Lavinia Greenlaw
The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller
Costa Children's Book Award
Running Girl by Simon Mason
Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
The category winners will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of 5 January 2015 and the overall Costa Book of the Year was announced on 27 January 2015. The overall winner receives a £30,000 prize.
The judging panel for the 2014 Costa Book Awards includes Joanne Finney,Joe Haddow,Maggie O'Farrell,Elizabeth Buchan,Bernadine Evaristo,Jasper Sutcliffe,Paul Laity,Wendy Moore,Sheila O'Reilly, Anna Dreda,Charlotte Runcie,Owen Shears,Lorna Bradbury,Jack Hope,Jonathan Stroud.