There were some surprises this year, and a lot of women winning awards. In case you missed them, here are the moments we celebrated in literature during 2009. What did you think of the judges' choices?
And a few lesser known prizes:
Evie Wyld, "After the Fire, a Still Small Voice" -- John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for best UK literature from a writer under 35)
Jose Emilio Pacheco -- Cervantes Prize
Jonathan Littell, "The Kindly Ones" -- Bad Sex in Fiction Award
Petina Gappah, "An Elegy for Easterly" -- Guardian First Book Award
Kate Clanchy, "The Not-Dead and the Saved" -- BBC Short Story Award
John Pipkin, "Woods Burner" -- The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize