2021 SHortlist Vote Open

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Winners Announced

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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.

2022 submissions will open 1st June, when all details for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2022 will be posted. The 2022 shortlist launch will be 20th October TBC and the awards ceremony will be 23rd November at the Convention Centre Dublin.

An Post Irish Book Awards Book of The Year 2021

A book that will remain important for a very long time – a reflection of who we are and where we came from. Truly, this is a book for the ages.

Judging Panel's Verdict

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Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year
Listowel Writers' Week Poem of the Year
Writing.ie Short Story of the Year
Eason Novel of the Year
National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year
Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year
Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Senior)
Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Library Association of Ireland Author of the Year
Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year
TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year
Odgers Berndtson Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Dubray Biography of the Year
Bookstation Lifestyle Book of the Year
Bookselling Ireland Cookbook of the Year
Eason Sports Book of the Year, in association with Ireland AM
Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year
RTÉ Audience Choice Award

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Latest News

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An Post Irish Book Awards pays tribute to Thomas Kinsella

Thomas Kinsella the 2018 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
Winner revealed on one-hour television special on RTÉ One
Six titles competing for the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year Award’ 2021
Record number of votes from Irish public sees Maureen Gaffney, Séamas O’Reilly, Sally Rooney, Louise Nealon, and Fintan O’Toole among the winners

Key Dates



Submissions Close



Shortlist Launch



Winners Announced



An Post Irish Book of the Year TV show on RTÉ One & RTÉ Player


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.

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Ivan O'Brien

Managing Director, The O'Brien Press

"Really fantastic media campaign this year, I thought, the APIBAs really were everywhere."

Joseph O'Connor

Award Winning Author

"You do an amazing job with these Awards and it’s so exciting for everyone involved with books in Ireland – the Awards have really added so much energy, excitement and debate."

Dr Marian Thérèse Keyes

Senior Executive Librarian, dlr LexIcon and Reader Development

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

Maire Logue

Festival Manager, Listowel Writers’ Week



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