One of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes, the National Book Award is given by the National Book Foundation. Click here for a list of winners from 2000 to the present.
The awards are given in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature. Each winner receives a $10,000 prize. Past winners include "The Adventures of Augie March" by Saul Bellow (fiction) and "The Shield of Achilles" by W.H. Auden.