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Awarding excellence in world literature

Since 1996, the Dublin Literary Award has honoured excellence in world literature. Presented annually, the Award is one of the most significant literature prizes in the world and unique in that the books are nominated by libraries from cities around the world. The award is worth €100,000 for a single work of international fiction written or a work of fiction translated into English.  If the winning title is in translation, then the author receives €75,000 and the translator €25,000.




Video July 10 2023

Flowers Say it Better, Love – A poem by Sarah Creighton Keogh

For the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Winner Announcement, we commissioned a short film and reading of the poem “Flowers Say it Better, Love” by Sarah Creighton
Video July 9 2023

2023 Award Winners in Conversation with Rick O’Shea

Watch the 2023 Award Winners, Katja Oskamp and Jo Heinrich discuss their winning title “Marzahn, Mon Amour” with Rick O’Shea
Video June 2 2023

Highlights from the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

Katja Oskamp and translator Jo Heinrich win the 2023 Dublin Literary Award for Marzahn, Mon Amour.
Video May 21 2023

Eva-Jane Gaffney performs an excerpt from Em

Eva-Jane Gaffney performs an excerpt from Em


The nomination process for the Award is unique as nominations are made by libraries in major cities throughout the world.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award. If you are interested in becoming a nominating library email literaryaward@dublincity.ie for more information.

Click here to learn about our Nomination Process or become a Nominating Library




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