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Reminder—John McGahern Annual Book Prize

Deadline for the second John McGahern Annual Book Prize: December 11

The John McGahern Annual Book prize of £5,000 is for the best debut work of fiction – either novel or collection of short stories – by an Irish writer or writer resident in Ireland for more than 5 years, published in a given year.

The book prize was set up in 2019 by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies in memory of John McGahern, and with the endorsement of the John McGahern Estate. The John McGahern Annual Book Prize will be awarded for fiction published from across all genres of adult fiction in a given year. 

The inaugural John McGahern Annual Book Prize was awarded in July 2020 to Adrian Duncan for his novel Love Notes from a German Building Site (The Lilliput Press). 

Eligibility

The prize is open to any Irish writer, or writer resident in Ireland for more than five years. Publishers are invited to send any novels or collections of short stories published during 2020 they wish to put forward for the prize by Friday 11 December 2020The submission must be the author’s debut work of fiction.

A digital and physical copy is required for submission and details on how to entry can be found here.

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