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1st July

Submissions Open

23rd Oct (tbc)

Shortlist Launch

27th November

Winners Ceremony

Welcome to the An Post Irish Book Awards 2024

Submissions of eligible titles open on 1st July and close on 31st August. As we embark upon a new awards year, we do so buoyed by the fantastic performance of Irish authors in 2023, including Paul Lynch’s Booker Prize victory and Paul Murray’s win in The Nero Gold Prize Book of the Year (The Bee Sting was the An Post Irish Book of the Year in 2023) Irish writers have never been more prominent and well-respected globally and we are proud to celebrate their achievements annually in these awards.

Some wonderful books have already been published this year. Many more will follow in the coming months and the best of them will figure prominently in the quest for the glittering prizes come November. The shortlists will be announced on 23rd October with the winners honoured at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 27th November in the Convention Centre Dublin. 

To keep pace with developments, log on to the website regularly. Public voting will begin directly after the shortlist launch but meanwhile, here’s wishing you a wonderful summer!

Scroll through all of the 2023 category winners below

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year
Dubray Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Bookstation Lifestyle Book of the Year
Cookbook of the Year
Eason Sports Book of the Year, in association with Ireland AM
Bookselling Ireland Biography of the Year
The Last Word Listeners' Choice Award
Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Senior)
International Education Services Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year, in honour of John Treacy
An Post Irish Bookshop of the Year
Foras na Gaeilge Irish Language Fiction Book of the Year Award
Writing.ie Short Story of the Year
Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year
National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year
Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year
Library Association of Ireland Author of the Year
Eason Novel of the Year
Listowel Writers' Week Poem of the Year

An Post Irish Book Awards Book of The Year 2023

The Bee Sting

The An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2023 was The Bee Sting by Paul Murray which was announced during a one-hour television special presented by Oliver Callan on RTÉ One on 6th December.

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An Post Irish Book of the Year Nominees 2023

You can rewatch the An Post Irish Book of the Year TV Show on the RTÉ Player.

VOTERS WANTED

All voters will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five €100 National Book Tokens vouchers. Voting closes at 5pm 9th November.

Explore the latest updates from the An Post Irish Book Awards

DEATH OF A LEGEND - Charlie Bird 1949-2024

The Bee Sting by Paul Murray named the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2023
An Post Irish Book of the Year Nominees 2023: Gender, Hope and Heart with Eimear Ryan
An Post Irish Book of the Year Nominees 2023: Poverty and Choice with Katriona O'Sullivan

New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize

A new award category with writers from the Irish-based Ukrainian community invited to submit their original entries this year

Some kind words from guests and friends of the An Post Irish Book Awards

"The An Post Irish Book Awards took a fantastic campaign and reimagined it for an online world. The buy-in from all partners was clear to see, and the results were very good. Well done!"

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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