Isle of Wight Book Awards

Isle of Wight Book Awards 2022

Medina Bookshop are delighted to be the main sponsors of the brand-new Isle of Wight Book Awards.

The aim of the awards is to encourage the writing, reading, and publishing of books about the Isle of Wight; to draw attention to the beauty and glories and heritage of the Isle of Wight; to reward and praise authors, many of whom will perhaps never have produced a book before.

There are 3 main categories of awards to enter: FICTIONS, NON-FICTION, and CHILDREN’S. The books can be novels, non-fiction, memoirs, poetry, guidebooks, picture books, children’s books, as long as the contents are in some part connected with the Isle of Wight. They can be published professional or self-published, however e-books and unpublished manuscripts are not eligible. The authors do not need to be from the Isle of Wight.

For this first year only, in 2022, entries will be allowed for any book published about the IOW in the last 5 years. In the future, the awards will be given annually for books published in the previous year.


Alan Titchmarsh MBE – gardener, novelist, poet, TV and radio presenter, one of the nation’s best loved figures. He has a house at Cowes and in 2008 was High Sherriff of the Isle of Wight.

Joanna Trollope CBE – one of the country’s most popular novelists, prize winning author of over 40 books, which have included historical novels, romances, and modern dramas. Many of her books have been adapted for TV, such as The Choir and The Rector’s Wife.

Hunter Davies OBE – journalist and author, who has had columns in the Sunday Times. So far, he has published over 100 books. Perhaps his best known is the only authorised biography of the Beatles. He has a home in Ryde.

How to enter the Isle of Wight Book Awards

To enter, you or your publisher must:

·         Send four copies of your book to Medina Bookshop, Cowes or Monkton Arts, Ryde

·         Complete the entry form on the awards website

If you are lucky enough to be on any of the shortlists, please try to be available for the awards night. The grand literary lunch will be open to the public, tickets will be on sale, possibly on Sep 11th 2022 – Isle Of Wight Day. Venue to be announced at a later date.

Closing date for entries is 5th March 2022

Best Book Ever About the Isle of Wight

For the first year only, there is also going to be an online vote for the best book ever about the Isle of Wight.

Bob Seely, MP for the Isle of Wight, who is a collector of Isle of Wight books, has kindly agreed to appear at the first Book Awards lunch and share with us his own personal favourite books about the Island- and then will announce the result of the online vote for the Best Isle of Wight Books Ever.

To vote visit the awards website