Dalkey Book Festival and Zurich Insurance announce launch of prestigious new Literary Awards (€30,000 prize fund)
Dalkey Book Festival and Zurich Insurance announce launch of prestigious new Literary Awards
Dalkey Literary Awards boasts significant prize fund of €30,000
18 February, 2020 – The Dalkey Book Festival, in conjunction with Zurich Insurance, is launching the Dalkey Literary Awards – a prestigious new awards programme for writers in Ireland that boasts a total prize fund of €30,000.
The establishment of the Dalkey Literary Awards marks a major new step for the highly popular Dalkey Book Festival, which has quadrupled in size since its 2010 debut with the support of Zurich.
The new awards, to be held annually, will recognise writers in two categories: ‘Novel of the Year’ and ‘Emerging Writer’. Writers resident or born in Ireland and published in Ireland or the UK in 2019 will be recognised by the awards. The winner of the ‘Novel of the Year’ will walk away with €20,000 whilst the writer crowned ‘Emerging Writer’ will receive €10,000. The ‘Emerging Writer’ winner will also earn a spot at the Dalkey Book Festival on Sunday 21st June, appearing on stage alongside the three judges of that award with the chance to talk about their work and what winning the award means to them.
The shortlist for each category will be proposed by a designated Nominating Panel made up of 14 well-known critics, writers and public figures within the Irish literary scene. Publishers can also submit books (published in Ireland or the UK in 2019) for consideration. Each category will have three judges who will each review the shortlisted nominees and select one overall winner.
David McWilliams, Co-Founder of Dalkey Book Festival said:
“In light of arts funding being under strain, this is a generous act to encourage writing and reward brilliance.”
Sian Smyth, Director of Dalkey Book Festival said:
“We understand how difficult it is financially for writers and we hope that this award will serve to provide some financial stability to our most creative minds. These awards are something the festival has always wanted to do and we are delighted now we are in this position.”
Neil Freshwater, CEO Zurich Insurance plc said:
“The introduction of the Dalkey Literary Awards is a major new step in the development of the Dalkey Book Festival and its overall aim of promoting excellence in literature. In Zurich, we have proudly supported this important cultural event for the last six years and are delighted to play a key role in the inception of these new awards, reinforcing our commitment and support to writers, literature and creativity in Ireland.”
Set in the beautiful seaside town of Dalkey in County Dublin, the Dalkey Book Festival has been playing host to some of the greatest authors and thinkers from across the globe since 2010. The festival celebrates literature, theatre, film and comedy as well as ideas, exploring the worlds of science, technology, current affairs, new politics and global trends.
ABOUT THE DALKEY LITERARY AWARDS
The Dalkey Book Festival and Zurich are proud to announce the Dalkey Literary Awards, marking the second decade of the Dalkey Book Festival. To be held annually, the awards are in two categories: ‘Novel of the Year’ and ‘Emerging Writer’. The awards are for writers resident in or born in Ireland and published in Ireland or the UK in 2019.
For more information about the awards, please see: https://www.zurich.ie/dalkey-literary-awards/
Rick O’Shea (Chair of ‘Emerging Writer’ judging panel)
Andrea Catherwood (Chair of ‘Novel of the Year’ judging panel)
Fiach Mac Conghail
0091: The Dalkey Book Festival, in conjunction with Zurich Insurance, is launching the Dalkey Literary Awards – a prestigious new awards programme for writers in Ireland that boasts a total prize fund of €30,000. Pictured at the official launch of the awards in Trinity College Dublin’s Berkeley Library were David McWilliams, Co-Founder of Dalkey Book Festival, Sian Smyth, Director of Dalkey Book Festival, Neil Freshwater, CEO Zurich Insurance plc, and Dalkey Literary Awards judge Rick O’Shea.
0212: The Dalkey Book Festival, in conjunction with Zurich Insurance, is launching the Dalkey Literary Awards – a prestigious new awards programme for writers in Ireland that boasts a total prize fund of €30,000. Pictured at the official launch of the awards in Trinity College Dublin’s Berkeley Library were David McWilliams, Co-Founder of Dalkey Book Festival, Sian Smyth, Director of Dalkey Book Festival, Neil Freshwater, CEO Zurich Insurance plc, with Dalkey Literary Awards judges Rick O’Shea, Fiach Mac Conghail and Jennifer O’Connell.
Prize: The total prize fund is €30,000. The winner of the Novel of the Year award receives €20,000 and the winner of the Emerging Writer award receives €10,000. In addition, the winner of the Emerging Writer Award will win a spot at the Dalkey Book Festival on Sunday 21st June, appearing on stage with the three judges of that award to talk about their work and what winning the award means to them.
How do the Dalkey Literary Awards work? The Awards support writers resident in, or born in Ireland, and published in Ireland or the UK in 2019. There are two categories: Novel of the Year and Emerging Writer. There is a Nominating Panel made up of 14 nominators including writers, literary agents, booksellers, academics and journalists. The Nominating Panel together nominate books published in 2019 by Irish writers and arrive at a shortlist of up to six books for each category. There are two distinct judging panels, one for each category, both made up of three members, typically an author, a journalist and a person in the public eye with a love of reading. Each judging panel then reads the shortlisted books for the relevant category before meeting on two occasions to agree one winner.
How do I enter a book? Books are nominated by the Nominating Panel. In addition, your publisher may enter your book. Publishers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Dalkey Literary Award Nomination’ in the subject bar. Closing date for entry is 22nd February 2020 . Books must have been published in Ireland or the UK in 2019 and must be by an Irish writer or writer resident in Ireland. To accept being shortlisted, writers must agree to attend the Awards ceremony in Dalkey on 20 June 2020 and be available to appear at the festival on 21st June 2020.
What is an “Emerging Writer”? An Emerging Writer is widely-defined as (and includes, but is not limited to) writers of fiction, non-fiction, literary history, biography, memoir, collections of poetry, essays and short stories. Emerging writers may include writers of more than one published book and emerging writers may be of all ages.
What is an “Irish” writer? Authors need not be Irish but if not then they must have been resident in Ireland for at least six months in each of the previous three years.
The shortlists for both award categories will be revealed in March 2020
The winners will be announced on 20th June 2020.
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