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.
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