Wednesday, 8 October 2008


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

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