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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award logo
Location Dublin, Ireland
Presented by Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive
First awarded 1996
Official website

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (Irish: Duais Liteartha Idirnáisiúnta Bhaile Átha Chliath) is an international literary award for a work of fiction, solely sponsored by the city of Dublin, Ireland. At 100,000 it is one of the richest literary prizes in the world.[1] Nominations are submitted by public libraries worldwide.


The Award was established in 1994[2] as 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.[2] In late 2013, the trust fund became exhausted and there was no money left to run the Award.[2] 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.[2] It was reported in 2015 that Dublin City Council paid in 2015 €100,000 for the prize plus €80,250 in administration costs.[2]

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?"[3]

Notable recipients

The award's recipients have included two future Nobel Prize in Literature laureates, namely Herta Müller (1998 winner with The Land of Green Plums) and Orhan Pamuk (2003 winner with My Name Is Red). Unsuccessful nominees (in chronological order of earliest nomination) include such established writers as John Banville, V. S. Naipaul, Cees Nooteboom, José Saramago, Rohinton Mistry, Antonio Tabucchi, Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Haruki Murakami, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Peter Carey, Carlos Fuentes, Jonathan Franzen, John McGahern, Julian Barnes, J. M. Coetzee, Cormac McCarthy, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Kingsolver and Joyce Carol Oates.

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.[4]


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.[4] The winner of the award is announced each June. If the winning book is a translation, the prize is divided between the writer and the translator, with the writer receiving €75,000 and the translator €25,000.[4]

Winners and nominees

Year Winner Novel Shortlisted nominees & novels Ref(s)
1996 David Malouf.JPG David Malouf Remembering Babylon
1997 Javier Marías (Feria del Libro de Madrid, 31 de mayo de 2008).jpg Javier Marías A Heart So White (translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa)
1998 100px Herta Müller The Land of Green Plums (translated from German by Michael Hofmann)
1999 Andrew Miller Ingenious Pain
2000 Nicola Barker Wide Open [5]
2001 Alistair MacLeod reading at Cape Breton University.jpg Alistair MacLeod[6] No Great Mischief [7]
2002 2008.06.09. Michel Houellebecq Fot Mariusz Kubik 03.jpg Michel Houellebecq[8] Atomised/The Elementary Particles (aka Atomised) (translated from French by Frank Wynne)
2003 Pamuk.jpg Orhan Pamuk My Name Is Red (translated from Turkish by Erdağ Göknar)
2004 Tahar Ben Jelloun 1.jpg Tahar Ben Jelloun This Blinding Absence of Light (translated from French by Linda Coverdale)
2005 100px Edward P. Jones The Known World
2006 Colm toibin 2006.jpg Colm Tóibín The Master
2007 Per-petterson-author.jpg Per Petterson[9] Out Stealing Horses (translated from Norwegian by Anne Born)
2008 9.13.09RawiHageByLuigiNovi1.jpg Rawi Hage[10] De Niro's Game [11]
2009 Michael Thomas[12] Man Gone Down
2010 Gerbrand Bakker.jpg Gerbrand Bakker The Twin (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer)
2011 Colum McCann Portrait.jpg Colum McCann[13] Let the Great World Spin [14]
2012 Jon McGregor[15] Even the Dogs [16]
2013 Kevin Barry[17] City of Bohane [18]
2014 Juan Gabriel Vásquez 1.jpg Juan Gabriel Vásquez[19] The Sound of Things Falling (translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean) [19]
2015 Jim crace 2009.jpg Jim Crace[20] Harvest [21]


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  10. 2008 Winner
  11. 2008 Shortlist
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