I don’t particularly see the point of giving out prizes for artistic endeavors. And I am sure many of the artists probably agree. But awards help further recognition of one’s effort and talent. This year for the Costa Prize, a first has occurred. The top five places were held by women. For the 2012 Costa Novel Award, Hilary Mantel won for Bring up the Bodies. I read at the link the novel is based on the Tudors. Of which, I’ve never really understood. I’ve always wanted to get a good teacher to explain them to me. Sort of a tudor’s tutor. . .