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Emerging Writer Award

Dalkey Literary Awards

The Dalkey Emerging Writer Award sponsored by Zurich will reward a talented writer with a substantial prize fund and a feature slot at the Dalkey Book Festival in June.

It can be challenging for writers, especially from a financial perspective. Recognising this, Dalkey Book Festival and Zurich established the Dalkey Literary Awards to reward creativity and support writers financially. The Dalkey Literary Awards are an annual awards with two categories: Novel of the Year Award and Emerging Writer Award.

The winner of the Emerging Writer Award category will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 20 June as part of the 2020 Dalkey Book Festival and the winner will receive €10,000 in prize money. In addition, the winner of the Emerging Writer Award will also feature at the Dalkey Book Festival on Sunday 21 June, appearing on stage with the three judges of that award to talk about their work and what winning the award means to them.

In the Emerging Writer category, the award is for writers resident in or born in Ireland and published in Ireland or the UK in 2019. An emerging writer is widely-defined 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. Authors need not be of Irish nationality, but if not then they must have been resident in Ireland for at least six months in each of the previous three years.

Further information on the awards criteria is available here.