The Cross Sports Book Awards is the major annual promotion for sports writing and publishing, the awards exist to highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year, to showcase their merits and to enhance their reputation and profile.

“The Sports Book Awards are a great event in our sporting calendar. They show that the games we follow are not just about goals and runs and holes in one; they are about stories, history and personalities.”
David Cameron, former Prime Minister.

2016 winners & shortlists

Dates for 2017:
Submissions open – 2nd December
Submissions close – 6th January
Shortlist for the Cross Autobiography of the Year announced – 3rd April
Shortlist for the Cycling Book of the Year announced – week commencing 10th April
Shortlist launch and judging day – 26th April
Awards ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground – 24th May



Autobiography of the Year
International Autobiography of the Yeargabbylogan
Biography of the Year
Cricket Book of the Year
Football Book of the Year
Rugby Book of the Year
Cycling Book of the Year
Illustrated Book of the Year
New Writer of the Year
Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing