Ian St. James Award for the short story A Whore’s Vengeance, published in the collection Success Strikes Twelve and later reprinted in Class Work, an anthology of writing from UEA edited by Malcolm Bradbury

Radio Times Drama Award for first radio play, Maybe, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1991


Author’s club first novel prize, shortlisted for Crazy Paving

David Higham prize, shortlisted for Crazy Paving

Yorkshire Post first book prize, shortlisted for Crazy Paving

John Llewelyn Rhys prize, shortlisted for Crazy Paving


K. Blundell Trust Award for Fires in the Dark


Arts Council Writers’ Award for Fires in the Dark


Whatever You Love shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction and a London Book Award


Apple Tree Yard shortlisted for a CWA Steel Dagger Award and the National Book Awards Thriller of the Year, longlisted for the The Guardian‘s Not The Booker Prize.


Fat White Cop With Ginger Eyebrows longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Louise Doughty has also been on the judging panels of many awards including the Ian St. James Award, the Asham Prize and the David Higham prize. She served a three-year term as a judge of the Somerset Maugham Prize and has been Chair of judges for the Orange Award for New Writers (2006), the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize (2009), the Fiction Uncovered promotion (2013) and the Desmond Elliott Prize (2015).  In 2008, she was a judge for the Man Booker Prize and judged the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2015.  In 2019 she was the Adjudicator for the Authors’ Club First Novel Prize and a judge for the Wasafiri Fiction Prize.  She has also judged the Mslexia Novel Competition.