Brazen Optimism in Bookworld

If a week is a long time in politics, a year in publishing seems like no time at all.  Six months have elapsed since the awards dinner in the Doubletree Hotel and already the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are upon us.  As submissions begin to flow in, we eagerly inspect the review pages and publishing schedules to see what literary riches 2014 will bring. Some terrific books have already begun to make their mark and the coming months will see major titles coming our way in almost every genre. As last year’s Book of the Year Winner, Michael Harding, told us “The wonderful thing about Ireland is that despite the Famine, the weather, the clergy and the banks, we still possess the brazen optimism to engage with each other.” And where better to engage with each other than through the medium of books and reading.

Submissions are now open!

Publishers please note that online submissions for the 2014 Awards are now being accepted. Make your submissions here.

The Awards dinner will once again be held in The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin on Wednesday, November 26th.

The Shortlist Announcement will be on Thursday 30th October.

Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations

We also invite you to submit suggestions for this year’s Lifetime Achievement nominee but do remember that lifetime means lifetime and that the successful nominee will be following in the footsteps of major Irish literary figures such as John McGahern, Edna O’Brien and Seamus Heaney.

Add your suggestion here.


For the third year running, RTÉ Television broadcast the highlights of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 on RTÉ One,  showcasing one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing with many of Ireland’s most celebrated and loved authors in attendance.

To view the television broadcast, click here.

For the full list of winners, click here.