The previously announced winners feature a female author in every category:
- Novel: Bring Up the Bodies
- First novel: The Innocents
- Biography: Dotter of Her Father's Eyes
- Children's: Maggot Moon
- Poetry: The Overhaul
The biography award marks the first time a graphic memoir or graphic novel has been a category winner. Alas, the Costa Book Award's efforts to roll with the times fell short when they chose the twitter hashtag #cba and now their feed is dominated by irrelevant complaints of #cba for can't be arsed.