The 2008 Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards have announced their shortlists in five different categories: Fiction, Poetry, Children's, Irish language and Non-fiction/Biography. Congrats to all the shortlistees.
There's a total prize fund of €45,000, and the award is for a writer's first ever book (not their first in a given genre).
The fiction shortlist is as follows:
Allan Bush - Last Bird Singing - Seren
Aifric Campbell - The Semantics of Murder - Profile Books
Daniel Davies - The Isle of Dogs - Serpent’s Tail
Rowan Somerville - The End of Sleep - Orion Publishing (Check out Rowan's website here. It's quite mad!)
David Szalay - London and The South-East - Random House Group Ltd
Robin Yassin-Kassab - The Road from Damascus - Hamish Hamilton
And the poetry list, which includes three collections from Salt - big congratulations to them!
Paul Batchelor - The Sinking Road - Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Ciaran Berry - The Sphere of Birds - The Gallery Press
Valeria Melchioretto - The End of Limbo - Salt Publishing
Eleanor Rees - Andvaste's Hair - Salt Publishing
Kathryn Simmonds - Sunday at the Skin Launderette - Seren
Will Stone - Glaciation - Salt Publishing
The other shortlists can be found here: Glen Dimplex 2008