Shortlist for Dalkey Literary Awards 2022 announced

€30,000 prize fund for Irish writers to be awarded at the Dalkey Book Festival in June.

The shortlist for this year’s Dalkey Literary Awards presented by Zurich has been announced by the Dalkey Book Festival, in conjunction with Zurich Insurance.  The winners of the 2022 ‘Novel of the Year’ and ‘Emerging Writer’ Awards, which boast prize funds of €20,000 and €10,000 respectively, will be announced as part of the hugely popular Dalkey Book Festival which will return -  from 18th to 20th June.

The 10 shortlisted authors include five established Irish literary favourites in the ‘Novel of the Year’ category and five up-and-coming writers across a range of genres who have been nominated for the ‘Emerging Writer’ award. 

The shortlisted titles in the 2022 Dalkey Literary Awards are:

Novel of the Year: April in Spain by John Banville, Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney, Nora by Nuala O’Connor, Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, White City by Kevin Power.

The Judging panel for Novel of the Year is: Elaine Feeney, Frederick Studemann and Willie White.

Emerging Writer: A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion, Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding, Eat Or We Both Starve by Victoria Kennefick, The End of the World is a Cul de Sac by Louise Kennedy, Unsettled by Rosaleen McDonagh.

The Judging panel for Emerging Writer is: Martina Devlin, Madeleine Keane and Hugh Linehan.

Speaking about the Dalkey Literary Awards shortlist announcement, Neil Freshwater, CEO Zurich Insurance plc said: “The addition of the Dalkey Literary Awards to the Festival and celebrating the literary talent of the Irish people, is something we are very proud to support. We look forward to June this year when we will be able to applaud the winners in person in Dalkey. Congratulations to the shortlisted authors and our thanks to the Nominating Panel and Judges.”

Tickets for this year’s festival are available via To find out more about the Dalkey Literary Awards, visit the awards website.

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