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Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 17 February 2016.
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A brand new writing competition has just launched, aimed at providing a platform for self-published authors in Ireland and entry fees for the competition will be donated to the mental health support and education services of national charity Aware. The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors (CAP for Indie Awards*) is now open for entries at writingcap.ie and submissions are invited from all Independently Published, Self-Published and Assisted Published Authors from Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Awards are sponsored by Dubray Books and Eason, and winning entries in each of the six categories will be sold through their stores nationwide.

Author Carolann Copland who came up with the idea for this initiative believes the competition has huge potential and will attract some very special entries: “I feel that these awards are going to go far. Self-publishing has changed the face of publishing as we know it and we think Ireland could do with a little nudge to help it along. We believe there is a natural and complementary link between writing and mental health so we are delighted to work with Aware and support their services also. Blogger Tara Sparling who is one of our committee members described the competition, coupled with the choice of Aware as the charity to benefit, as “a double whammy of positive positivity”. What a lovely way to describe it!”

There are six categories available for entry and each will be judged by an accomplished author:

Best Novel                                             judged by International Bestselling Author Jax Miller

Best Short Story Anthology          judged by Bord Gáis Award Winning Author Louise Phillips

Best Non-Fiction Book                   judged by Books Ireland Magazine Editor Tony Canavan

Best Poetry Anthology                  judged by Award Winning Poet and Writer Eileen Casey

Best Young Adult Book                  judged by Bestselling Young Adult Novelist Claire Hennessy

Best Junior Book                              judged by Self-Published Author Carolann Copland in conjunction with the pupils and teachers of St. Colmcille’s Junior N.S., Knocklyon

Jax Miller, author of Freedom’s Child is delighted to be involved in the project: “The CAP for Indie Awards are an excellent way to shine a light onto and into the Indie book scene as it makes its mark in Ireland and around the literary world. I am delighted that the proceeds will go to Aware; with depression affecting so many people around Ireland and the rest of the world, how wonderful it is to be a part of such an amazing showcase that can also help to lessen the burden. As an author who has struggled with depression for years, I am thrilled to combine my passion for reading and writing with such a good cause that’s personal to my own story and the stories of so many I know. It is an honour to be a judge on the CAP Awards panel and I look forward to what richness comes this way.”

Closing date for entries is Monday April 29th. Books must have an ISBN number or equivalent and the overall winners will be announced at The CAP for Indie Awards Evening on Wednesday October 26th next.

Eligibility

  • Submissions are invited by all Independently Published, Self-Published and Assisted Published Authors from Ireland’s 32 counties, between Monday the 11th of January and Friday the 29th of April.
  • Authors must either have an address in the 32 counties or be in possession of a valid Irish passport.
  • All books must have an ISBN number or equivalent.
  • All books must have been published in the last 5 years.
  • Submissions can be accepted in either print or  e-book format (epub and Kindle).

Entry Cost

  • You may enter as many categories/books as you like.
  • The cost of entry per book is €50.
  • As the judges and CAP committee members/administrators are giving their time and talents free of charge, very little of the submission costs will need to be spent on administration (eg. web-site hosting and advertising) and accordingly the majority of this entry fee will go directly to Aware.

How to Enter

  1. For each book that you wish to enter please complete the entry form at the bottom of this page (click link to see page – it’s not the one you’re reading!!)
  2. Print books should be sent by post to: Carousel Writers’ Centre, Aisling Na Smol, Killakee Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin D16 C992.    (Copies of print books will be raffled as prizes on the awards night with money raised going to Aware.)
  3. Ebook entries to be sent as a gift copy by purchasing a gift claim code. For Kobo Books please “gift” to kobo@writingcap.ie. For Kindle Books please gift to amazon@writingcap.ie

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Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.