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Who We Are 2017-03-20T13:24:13+00:00

The publishing industry in Ireland is changing: traditional publishing is no longer the only route to publishing success and The CAP Awards is leading the way in its championship of Irish independent authors.

We are committed to acknowledging and promoting excellence in all aspects of independent book publishing and hope that the Awards will inspire and encourage Irish Indie authors to focus on ensuring that their work reaches the highest possible standards in all aspects of publishing, from writing and editing through to design and marketing.

The CAP Awards is also a reader’s guarantee of quality, offering readers fresh, new voices and vision only available from independent authors combined with professional, high-level standards of publishing.

These Awards would not be possible without the support of many.

The CAP Awards Committee would like to thank all the judges for 2016 – Louise Phillips, Claire Hennessy, Jax Miller, Tony Canavan and St Colmcille’s Junior National School, Knocklyon for giving so generously of their time in supporting the Awards. Thanks also to Hazel Gaynor for cutting the red ribbon on the night. A huge thank you to our 2016 sponsors for their support at the gala evening and throughout the year: Dubray Books, Easons, Books Ireland, Emu Ink Publishing, The Dublin Writers’ Conference and InTallaght Magazine

A big thank you to CAP Awards founder, author and owner of Carousel Creates Writers’ Centre, Carolann Copland, whose vision and passion for writing and independent publishing was the inspiration and the driving force behind these Awards, and to Gerry O’Brien and all the staff at Aware for their support and assistance in our first Award year. And last, but not least, thanks to the other members of the CAP Awards Committee: Anne O’Leary, Neil Copland, Joan Brady, Bernadette Kearns and  Tara Sparling for all their hard work and dedication to making this inaugural year of The CAP Awards such a success.

We have a number of events planned for this year’s award, starting with our  launch on 25th March 2017. All details are published here and on our Facebook page and Twitter (@CarouselAware), so please do keep an eye out for us in 2017.

If you are an Irish citizen or an author living in Ireland, we hope you will submit your Indie book to the 2017 CAP Awards. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

CAROLANN COPLAND

AUTHOR, FOUNDER CAROUSEL AWARE PRIZE

TARA SPARLING

AUTHOR, BLOGGER

JOAN BRADY

AUTHOR

BERNADETTE KEARNS

AUTHOR, EDITOR

GERRY O’BRIEN

HEAD OF FUNDRAISING,AWARE

ANNE O’LEARY

AUTHOR, JOURNALIST

These awards aim to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Self-Published authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad. Self-publishing is changing the face of publishing world wide and we think that Ireland could do with a little nudge to help it along.

CAROLANN COPLAND, AUTHOR AND FOUNDER OF CAROUSEL AWARE PRIZE

OUR SPONSORS

We are very grateful for the support from our sponsors