Irish Book Awards

Supported by

Post
  • thejournal.ie
  • RTÉ Offical Media Partner
  • Eason Book Club
  • Dept 51 @ Eason
  • Sunday Independent
  • writing.ie
  • Irish Independent
  • Books Are My Bag
  • Specsavers
  • Onside
  • Listowel Writers’ Week
  • Ireland AM
  • National Book Awards

Welcome to the An Post Irish Book Awards

After a blistering first year of An Post’s sponsorship, we at the Irish Book Awards are absolutely committed to strengthening our partnership so that together we can spread the word about Irish books, Irish authors, and our uniquely successful literary culture.

Last year, we said that An Post promised to be a wonderful fit for the awards and so it proved.  Here is a sponsor who shares our goals and ambitions for the advancement of books and reading in Ireland and boy, did they deliver on that promise.  By every available metric, the 2018 awards were the most successful ever with a vibrant promotional campaign, a wonderful Awards Dinner with accompanying RTE highlights show, and a list of winners unanimously celebrated as representing the best of Irish writing at a time when it has never been more popular at home and abroad.

But to demonstrate that the awards can be more than just a late-season climax to the publishing year, An Post’s brilliant activation plans — encapsulated in the Readers Wanted campaign – left us reeling in admiration for the sheer imaginative creativity of the project. Suddenly, everywhere you looked online or outside in the real world, there we were, our names riding high on those wonderful cutting-edge graphics.

On 20th August, ahead of the 2019 awards event, we presented the An Post International Recognition Award to George R.R. Martin. The honour has been bestowed on Martin in recognition of his significant contribution to fantasy and science fiction over the last four decades.

Click here to see pictures from the George R.R. Martin An Post International Recognition Award event 

 

2019 dates:
Submissions close – 31st August
Shortlist launch – 24th October in the GPO
An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 – 20th of November in The Convention Centre Dublin

 

Irish Book Awards 2018 Full Show from Another Avenue on Vimeo.

Latest news from the awards

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin announced as recipient of The An Post International Recognition Award for 2019

August 21, 2019

George R.R. Martin, the world-renowned author and creative force behind Game of Thrones, is to receive The An Post International Recognition Award as part of this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. The celebrated fantasy writer will receive the accolade …

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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin announced as recipient of The An Post International Recognition Award for 2019

An Post, in association with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), presented national awards for creative writing to winners of the 2019 Scéal Eile competition

May 20, 2019

The competition is rooted in primary and secondary children’s love of books and is part of the An Post Education Awards, in its 35th year promoting literacy and learning for generations of Irish students. Scéal Eile saw students from all levels revisit …

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An Post, in association with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), presented national awards for creative writing to winners of the 2019 Scéal Eile competition

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine Named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

January 29, 2019

Notes to Self  by Emilie Pine, a book written in a collection of vivid and powerful essays, has been voted the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’. The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winner …

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Notes to Self by Emilie Pine Named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

Winners of The An Post Irish Book Awards 2018 Revealed

November 27, 2018

Sally Rooney, Liz Nugent, James Kavanagh & William Murray, Emilie Pine, Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen, Cora Staunton, Sarah Webb, Lynn Ruane, Roger O’Reilly, Diarmuid Johnson and Peter Donnelly among the winners. It is an exceptionally strong ye …

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Winners of The An Post Irish Book Awards 2018 Revealed