AWARD WINNERS 2016

BEST NOVEL

HER SECRET ROSE BY ORNA ROSS
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BEST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

DO YOU LIKE ORANGES? BY KEVIN DOYLE
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BEST JUNIOR BOOK

ZENJI & THE MUZZY BUG BY AISLI MADDEN
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BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

DEATH’S NEW LEASE ON LIFE BY BRENDAN O’CONNELL
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BEST NON-FICTION BOOK

HOW TO BE A PERFECT FARM WIFE BY LORNA SIXSMITH
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JUDGES

JAX MILLER, AUTHOR, JUDGE BEST NOVEL

BOOKS BY JAX MILLER

” I believe the CAP awards are an excellent way to shine a light into the indie book scene as it makes its mark in Ireland and around the literary world. Furthermore, I am delighted that the proceeds will go to AWARE Ireland. As depression affects many around Ireland and the rest of the world, how wonderful it is to be part of such an amazing showcase that can help lessen the burden. As an author who has struggled with depression for years, I am thrilled to combine my passion for reading and writing with such a good cause that’s personal to my own story and the stories of so many I know. It is an honour to be judge on the CAP Awards panel and I look forward to what richness comes this way”

LOUISE PHILLIPS, AUTHOR, JUDGE BEST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

BOOKS BY LOUISE PHILLIPS

“Everyone hears about the success of independent authors, which is terrific, almost revolutionary, but independent publishing for all its success is a crowded place. Whereas one can argue that the cream will always float to the top, it isn’t always that simple. Carousel Aware Prize (CAP), is an an initiative that is long overdue, which is one of the main reasons why I came on board as a judge. Also, the charity at the heart of it, AWARE, does amazing work. How could I resist?”

CLAIRE HENNESSY, AUTHOR, JUDGE BEST BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

BOOKS BY CLAIRE HENNESSY

“It took me about two seconds to come on board as a judge for this competition-Carolann said ‘young adult novels’ and ‘proceeds to AWARE’ and she had me. My two great passions are YA fiction and mental health awareness, and I think the Carousel Aware Prize (CAP) is not only going to raise funds for an important cause but will provide recognition and a kind of curation for self-published works out there. There are great books that, for various reasons, don’t quite fie in with a traditional publishing model, and having a place to highlight the very best is exciting. I can’t wait to read the submissions and see what’s out there!”

TONY CANAVAN,  EDITOR BOOKS IRELAND MAGAZINE, JUDGE BEST NON-FICTION BOOK

BOOKS IRELAND MAGAZINE

“I am delighted and honoured to be asked to be a judge for the CAP Awards. AWARE is an organisation that is close to my heart as mental health is an issue that affects us all in one way or another, and the more people are open about this issue, then the easier it us as a society to face up to it. I am also a keen supporter of the independent publishing sector and think it is high time that these authors get the recognition they deserve so congratulations to all at  Carousel for taking this initiative. I am really looking forward to reading the entries and am expecting a high standard”