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Submissions open for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Ireland’s major literary event returns to celebrate the glories of Irish writing.

The big sleep may soon be over and a brave new world beckons as the An Post Irish Book Awards gear up to celebrate another wonderful year for Irish writing.

Along with most other industries, the book industry has faced challenges these last six months. Now, however, with the prudent re-opening of the country and massive progress having been made in combating the virus, publishers and authors are determined to make up for lost time with a blistering second half of 2020 and the Awards, along with headline sponsor An Post, are determined to play a major part in the communal effort to foreground Irish writing like never before.

It begins on June 30th when submissions for the 2020 Awards opens for business.  Publishers may submit in fifteen separate categories including Novel, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Children’s, Cookery, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language.  Submissions will remain open until August 31st and we look forward to hearing from publishers in the coming weeks.  The shortlist launch is currently scheduled for October 22nd and the Awards Ceremony for November 25th. Both are under review and may be a little different this year, but plans for a very impressive campaign around the awards are being forged now to ensure that by November, there will be much to celebrate.

Details of the 2020 campaign, support from our sponsors and partners, key promotional dates and TV coverage will be finalised and confirmed in the coming months.

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing on a scale wider than any other literary project.  Each year they bring together a huge literary community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise the very best of Irish writing. Some 90 Irish writers will enjoy the undivided attention of this community later this year and we want to hear your views on them on all of our social media platforms.  Tell us about your favourite Irish books of 2020, we take our responsibility for inclusivity very seriously and want to hear from every reader in Ireland.

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, says: This year, being able to escape into books for entertainment and comfort is more important than ever. I’m enormously excited about the wonderful crop of new titles coming on stream and it’s clearly going to be another exceptional year for Irish books and Irish authors. An Post was proud to support Irish booksellers with special parcel rates for online orders during the Covid Lockdown and we’re looking forward to the 2020 awards year with a huge sense of confidence and optimism. I hope everyone will make a special effort to support Irish authors, booksellers and publishers this year.

John Treacy, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, says: More than ever this year it’s important that we all row in behind the effort to inject fresh energy into a book world that has been operating under very difficult circumstances. The books and the talent will always be there and we at the Awards are determined to make good some of the deficits these talented Irish authors have endured since the turn of the year. It’s no more than they deserve and we’re very confident that the celebration of books this autumn may well be our best ever, despite the difficulties endured.

For further information, please log on to the An Post Irish Book Awards website

www.anpostirishbookawards.ie

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