AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS

Exclusively Irish, inclusive in every other sense, the An Post Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – like no other awards. These are your awards – join us in celebrating Irish writing.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

The An Post Irish Book Awards are different in character from conventional literary awards where winners attract the subjective approval of a jury normally comprising 3-5 judges. To decide fifteen awards in this way would be impractical and inimical to our aim to canvass the widest possible sector of the reading public.

Key Dates

31st

August

Submissions Close

21st

October

Shortlist Launch

23rd

November

Winners Announced

8th

DECEMBER

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An Post Irish Book Awards Book of The Year 2020

A Ghost in the Throat

by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A strikingly original combination of essay and autofiction, has been announced as the An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2020.

Latest News

Librarians and library book club members nationwide called on to nominate their favourite Irish author in new ‘Library Association of Ireland Author of the Year’ category at the An Post Irish Book Awards

A new initiative has been unveiled by An Post Irish Book Awards and offers book lovers across Ireland the chance to vote for their favourite bookshop.

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A GHOST IN THE THROAT BY DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA NAMED AS THE AN POST IRISH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

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Explore the 2020 Winning Books

RTÉ Audience Choice Award
Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year
Children's Book of the Year (Senior)
Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Best Irish Published Book of the Year
Cookbook of the Year
Sports Book of the Year
Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Crime Fiction Book of the Year
Popular Fiction Book of the Year
Novel of the Year

Testimonials

Maire Logue

Festival Manager, Listowel Writers’ Week

“It was a wonderful night for Irish Authors and Irish Books and shows the literary talent that is in Ireland right now!”

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Hugh Linehan, Arts and Culture Editor at The Irish Times

From 2021 Private Investment in Arts, Festival and Music report from Business to Arts

“This is a perfect example of a business and arts organisation working in concert together; taking a concept, reworking and improving it over a two-to five-year period. Ongoing support is so key to building profile for an arts organization. There is no denying the enormous impact the An Post Irish Book Awards have had. They have attracted considerable media attention and made a lot more people aware of the publishing industry, writers and creative writing in all forms. The virtual awards ceremony and online elements of the partnership were very strong in 2020, showing a real understanding of reach and engagement when switching to digital channels.”

Sarah Webb

“I have attended the Book Awards many times as a writer, bookseller and editor over the years and I’ve always been impressed by the professional yet personal way the ceremony is run. It’s the most important night in the Irish book calendar, one I always look forward to.”

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