All the write stuff: Literary awards can be a lucrative return for authors

Literary award prizes can be a lucrative source of income for writers.

And the International Dublin Literary Award (the old IMPAC) used to be the world’s richest literary award. It was overtaken in 2013 by America’s Windham-Campbell Prize – which has had three Irish winners. A number of Irish writers have won awards in recent years, including:

:: 2019 – Edna O’Brien wins the David Cohen lifetime achievement award – £40,000.

:: 2019 – Danielle McLaughlin wins Windham-Campbell Prize – $165,000.

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:: 2019 – Sally Rooney wins the Costa Novel Award for ‘Normal People’ – £5,000.

:: 2018 – Northern Irish author Anna Burns wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’ – £50,000.

:: 2018 – Mike McCormack wins the International Dublin Literary Award for ‘Solar Bones’ – €100,000.

:: 2017 – Sebastian Barry wins the Costa Book of the Year for ‘Days Without End’ – £30,000.

:: 2017 – Marina Carr wins the Windham-Campbell Prize – $165,000.

:: 2016 – Abbie Spallen wins the Windham-Campbell Prize – $165,000.

:: 2016 – Lisa McInerney wins the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for ‘The Glorious Heresies’ – £30,000.

:: 2014 – Eimear McBride wins the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ – £30,000.

:: 2012 – Sebastian Barry wins the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for ‘Days Without End’ £25,000

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