General Eligibility Guidelines
The book must have been published within the current awards year, i.e. between November 1st 2019 to 31st October 2020. The author must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence . The book must be original, ie neither a reprint nor a translation or adaptation of a previously-published book.
Eligibility guidelines for individual awards:
Titles submitted for the Novel of The Year must be works of literary fiction.
The Nonfiction Book of the Year will broadly cover narrative works of business, current affairs, politics, biography and history.
The Popular Nonfiction Book of the Year will broadly cover subjects such as celebrity memoirs, lifestyle, humour, travel and culture. (In the case of ghost-written titles, publishers must credit author AND ghost-writer in their submissions; all An Post Irish Book Awards materials will conform to this rule.)
Titles submitted for the Popular Fiction Book of the Year must be works of popular fiction.
Titles submitted for the Best Irish-published Book of the Year must emanate from an Irish-based publishing house. The award aims to reward the overall excellence of a title’s publication from intrinsic merit, to the aesthetic merits of the book itself, the publicity campaign, the impact on the market etc.
When submitting titles for the Children’s Book of the Year categories, publishers should direct submissions to the appropriate category:
- Junior category is for books aimed at the under-8 age group.
- Senior category is for books aimed at the 8-12 age group.
- Teen/Young Adult category is for books aimed at the 12 + age group.
Publishers must credit author AND illustrator in their submissions whenever appropriate; all An Post Irish Book Awards materials will conform to this rule.
Titles submitted for the Crime Fiction Award should be novels which must fit comfortably within the generic constraints of “crime fiction”.
Titles submitted for the Newcomer of the Year must be the publishing debut of the author (excluding previous anthologised pieces, articles etc). Titles submitted in this category may also be submitted in other categories.
Titles submitted for the Sports Book of the Year must be written by an Irish author (ie born on the island of Ireland or Irish by citizenship or long-term residence.) In the case of ghost-written titles, publishers must credit author AND ghost-writer in their submissions; all An Post Irish Book Awards materials will conform to this rule.
Titles submitted for the Cookbook of the Year must either feature Irish cooking OR be written by an Irish author (ie born on the island of Ireland or Irish by citizenship or long-term residence.)
Submissions for the writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award are administered by writing.ie – click here for more information
Submissions for the Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year are administered by Listowel Writers Week – click here for more information
Submissions for the Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year are administered by Love Leabhar Gaeilge – click here for more information
Publishers are requested to ensure that shortlisted titles remain in print at the time of the awards.
Publishers must ensure that shortlisted titles are generally available in the Irish market, ie available from the national wholesalers at appropriate discounts.
Publishers must also undertake to support the IBAS campaign and awards night, ensuring that any shortlisted author is available to attend. (Due to Covid 19, awards events may take a different form in 2020)
Publishers should also provide ten copies of each shortlisted title. (Copies only required if your titles are shortlisted but NOT at the submissions stage).
Adjudication on all eligibility issues will be at the discretion of the Awards’ executive body. Their decision will be final.