Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors

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You’ve heard about the Man Booker Prize but have you heard about the Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors? At a book event this week, I was told about this interesting initiative launched by the Carousel Writers’ Centre in January 2016.

The idea behind the awards is to afford an opportunity for self-published authors  to have their work recognised and promoted on a wider stage.

Sponsored by Dubray and Easons, the Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors is open to independently published, self-published and assisted published authors based in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The categories cover fiction, non-fiction and poetry and books must have an ISBN number or equivalent.

Carousel Aware Prize Categories

Prizes will be awarded in the following six categories:

  • Best Novel to be judged by International Bestselling Author Jax Miller.
  • Best Short Story Anthology to be judged by Bord Gáis Award Winning Author Louise Phillips.
  • Best Non-Fiction Book to be judged by Books Ireland Magazine Editor Tony Canavan
  • Best Poetry Anthology to be judged by Award Winning Poet and Writer Eileen Casey.
  • Best Young Adult Book to be judged by Bestselling Young Adult Novelist Claire Hennessy.
  • Best Junior Book to be judged by Novelist Carolann Copland in conjunction with St. Comcille’s Junior National School, Knocklyon.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 29th April, 2016. A long list will be announced in June with the shortlist following in September. The awards will be presented in October.

All monies raised from the submission fees go directly to Aware, a charity that assists people affected by depression.

Full information and details of how to apply are on