Lakeland Book of the Year

Celebrating writers inspired by the Lake District, Cumbria

Lakeland Book of the Year

Lakeland Book of the Year celebrates top quality writing inspired by the Lake District, Cumbria. Over the past four decades, this prestigious annual competition has seen authors create an incredible catalogue of books covering a range of rich and varied subjects, from landscape and tradition to literature and poetry.

Founded in 1984 by prolific author, journalist and broadcaster Hunter Davies OBE, all entries for Lakeland Book of the Year must be set in – or feature – Cumbria in some way. Grace Dent, Rory Stewart and James Rebanks are among the many talented writers who have previously scooped the overall title of ‘Book of the Year’.

Cumbria Tourism has had the honour of supporting Lakeland Book of the Year for many years and in 2023, we are taking over the full running of the awards. Fresh additions include a new category for children and young adults, along with a new-look judging panel.

Entries for the 2023 awards are now open. Please download an application form here and return to us along with four copies of your book by the 28th February 2023.

Lakeland Book of the year - Cumbria Tourism

2022 Winners:

The winners and judges of the Lakeland Book of the Year 2022 - Cumbria Tourism

The Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year 2022:

Panic as Man Burns Crumpets by Roger Lytollis

Panic as man burns crumpets by Roger Lytollis - Lakeland Book of the Year - Cumbria Tourism

The full list of 2022 category winners included:

Panic as man burns crumpets by Roger Lytollis - Lakeland Book of the Year - Cumbria Tourism

The Bookends Prize for People & Business

Panic as Man Burns Crumpets by Roger Lytollis

Peak Bagging: Wainwrights by Karen & Dan Parker

The Striding Edge Prize for Guides & Places

Peak Bagging: Wainwrights by Karen & Dan Parker

The Lucks of Cumbria by Andrew Musgrave

The Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape & Tradition

The Lucks of Cumbria by Andrew Musgrave

Brockenspectre by Caroline Moir - Lakeland Book of the Year - Cumbria Tourism

The Gilpin Hotel Prize for Fiction

Brockenspectre by Caroline Moir

Cumbria: A Book of Days by Dawn Robertson - Lakeland Book of the Year - Cumbria Tourism

The Wordsworth Grasmere Prize for Literature & Poetry

Cumbria: A Book of Days by Dawn Robertson

Joss Naylor’s Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District by Vivienne Crow with Joss Naylor - Lakeland Book of the Year - Cumbria Tourism

The Latitude Press Prize for Illustration & Presentation

Joss Naylor’s Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District by Vivienne Crow with Joss Naylor

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Get In Touch

For more information about Lakeland Book of the Year, contact Ben Melling on bmelling@cumbriatourism.org