International Dublin Literary Award

International DUBLIN Literary Award
Awarded for a novel written in English or translated into English
Location Dublin, Ireland
Presented by Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive
Former name(s) International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Reward(s) 100,000
First awarded 1996
Last awarded 2016
Currently held by Akhil Sharma for Family Life (2016)
Most awards 1 (all)
Most nominations 3 – Colm Tóibín, Colum McCann (author)
3 – Anne McLean (translator)
Official website

The International DUBLIN Literary Award (Irish: Duais Liteartha Idirnáisiúnta Bhaile Átha Chliath) is an international literary award awarded each year for a novel written in English or translated into English. It aims to promote excellence in world literature and is solely sponsored by the City of Dublin, Ireland.

At 100,000, the award is one of the richest literary prizes in the world. If the winning book is a translation (as it has been 8 times), the prize is divided between the writer and the translator, with the writer receiving €75,000 and the translator €25,000.[1]

Nominations are submitted by public libraries worldwide – over 400 library systems in 177 countries worldwide are invited to nominate books each year – from which the shortlist and the eventual winner are selected by an international panel of judges (which changes each year).

The most recent winner of the award is Akhil Sharma for Family Life.[2]


The Award was established in 1994[3] as the "International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award", a joint initiative of Dublin City Council and the American productivity company IMPAC, which had its European headquarters in Dublin. James Irwin, president of IMPAC established the prize money at €100,000. A trust fund was established to pay for the award and its maintenance. The Award has been administered by Dublin City Public Libraries since its inception. IMPAC went defunct in the late-2000s when its founder and president James Irwin died in 2009.[3] In late 2013, the trust fund became exhausted and there was no money left to run the Award.[3] Dublin City Council agreed to step in and continue funding the Award under the same brand name of the now-defunct company while seeking a new sponsor.[3] It was reported in 2015 that Dublin City Council paid in 2015 €100,000 for the prize plus €80,250 in administration costs.[3] The award was renamed the International DUBLIN Literary Award in November 2015.

Describing the Award as "the most eclectic and unpredictable of the literary world's annual gongs", Michelle Pauli posed the question in relation to the longlist for the 2004 edition, "Where would you find Michael Dobbs and Tony Parsons up against Umberto Eco and Milan Kundera for a €100,000 prize?"[4]

Eligibility and procedure


The prize is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or English translation.

The year an award is given is post-dated by two years from the date of publication. Thus, to win an award in 2007, the work must have been published in 2005. If it is an English translation, the work must have been published in its original language in the same calendar year.[5]


Dublin City Public Libraries seek nominations from public libraries from major cities across the world. The longlist is announced in October or November of each year, and the shortlist (up to 10 titles) is announced in March or April of the year following. The longlist and shortlist are chosen by an international panel of judges which rotates each year. Allen Weinstein was the non-voting chair of the panel from 1996 to 2003. Eugene R. Sullivan is the non-voting chair from 2004 to the current date.[5] The winner of the award is announced each June. [5]

Winners and nominees

Year Winner Country Novel Shortlisted nominees & novels Ref(s)
1996 David Malouf Australia Remembering Babylon
1997 Javier Marías Spain A Heart So White (translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa)
1998 Herta Müller  Germany
(born in Romania)
The Land of Green Plums (translated from the German by Michael Hofmann)
1999 Andrew Miller  United Kingdom Ingenious Pain
2000 Nicola Barker  United Kingdom Wide Open [6]
2001 Alistair MacLeod[7]  Canada No Great Mischief [8]
2002 Michel Houellebecq[9]  France Atomised/The Elementary Particles (aka Atomised) (translated from French by Frank Wynne)
2003 Orhan Pamuk  Turkey My Name Is Red (translated from Turkish by Erdağ Göknar)
2004 Tahar Ben Jelloun  Morocco This Blinding Absence of Light (translated from French by Linda Coverdale)
2005 Edward P. Jones  United States The Known World
2006 Colm Tóibín Ireland The Master
2007 Per Petterson[10]  Norway Out Stealing Horses (translated from Norwegian by Anne Born)
2008 Rawi Hage[11]  Canada
(born in  Lebanon)
De Niro's Game [12]
2009 Michael Thomas[13]  United States Man Gone Down
2010 Gerbrand Bakker  Netherlands The Twin (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer)
2011 Colum McCann[14] Ireland Let the Great World Spin [15]
2012 Jon McGregor[16]  United Kingdom (born in  Bermuda) Even the Dogs [17]
2013 Kevin Barry[18] Ireland City of Bohane [19]
2014 Juan Gabriel Vásquez[20]  Colombia The Sound of Things Falling (translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean) [20]
2015 Jim Crace[21]  United Kingdom Harvest [22]
2016 Akhil Sharma[2][23]  United States
(born in  India)
Family Life [24]


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  2. 1 2 Battersby, Eileen (9 June 2016). "International Dublin Literary Award won by Akhil Sharma's Family Life". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Hilliard, Mark (May 31, 2015). "New sponsor sought for €100,000 Impac literary Award". The Irish Times.
  4. Pauli, Michelle (18 November 2003). "Bestsellers make impact on eclectic longlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2003.
  5. 1 2 3 FAQs. Dublin City Public Libraries. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  6. Gibbons, Fiachra (7 March 2000). "Britons in the ring for book prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  7. Yates, Emma (16 May 2001). "First novel takes fiction's richest prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2001.
  8. "Well-travelled shortlist for Impac award". The Guardian. 5 March 2001. Retrieved 5 March 2001.
  9. "Controversial author picks up IMPAC Literary Award". The Guardian. 13 May 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2002.
  10. Pauli, Michelle (14 June 2007). "Biggest literary prize goes to little-known Norwegian". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2007.
  11. 2008 Winner
  12. 2008 Shortlist
  13. "Debut novel by US writer wins Impac". The Irish Times. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  14. Taylor, Charlie (15 June 2011). "Colum McCann wins Impac award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  15. "William Trevor makes an Impac". The Irish Times. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  16. Flood, Alison (13 June 2012). "Jon McGregor wins International Impac Dublin Literary Award". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  17. "IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist announced". breakingnews. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  18. Richard Lea (7 June 2013). "Kevin Barry wins Impac award". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  19. Boland, Rosita (9 April 2013). "Kevin Barry shortlisted for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  20. 1 2 "Vasquez celebrates book prize win". Irish Independent. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  21. Flood, Alison (17 June 2015). "Impac prize goes to 'consummate wordsmith' Jim Crace for Harvest". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  22. "Harvest by Jim Crace is the 20th winner of the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.". International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. June 17, 2015.
  23. Flood, Alison (9 June 2016). "Akhil Sharma wins €100,000 Dublin International literary award". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  24. "Family Life by Akhil Sharma wins the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award.". International Dublin Literary Award. June 9, 2016.

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