Dalkey Book Festival and Zurich Insurance announce the launch of the prestigious Dalkey Literary Awards that will showcase the talents of established and emerging writers and reward them with an overall prize fund of €30,000. 

About the awards

The Dalkey Literary Awards, to be held annually, will recognise writers in two categories: Novel of the Year and Emerging Writer, and the awards ceremony will take place at the book festival in June. Writers resident or born in Ireland and published in Ireland or the UK will be recognised by the awards.

The prize

The winner of the Novel of the Year will receive €20,000 and the Emerging Writer will receive €10,000. The Emerging Writer winner will also feature at the Dalkey Book Festival, appearing on stage alongside the three judges of that award where they will talk about their work and what winning the award means to them.

Recognising writing excellence 

Speaking about the awards, 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.”

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