Independently Published Authors to be Awarded

CAP Founder Carolann Copland



Short List for Ireland’s First Independently Published Books Awards Announced



CAP Founder Carolann Copland


The Carousel Aware Prize for the best independently published books in Ireland will be announced on Tuesday the 25th of October 2016.

Booker prizewinner Roddy Doyle is our most famous example of an author who once self-published their work and with technological advances, the way is now open for more authors to choose this alternative path to publication.

Judges include best-selling authors, Jax Miller, Louise Phillips and Claire Hennessey, as well as Books Ireland editor Tony Canavan andCarolann Copland, independent author and founder of the Cap Awards. 

Says Carolann, “Self-publishing has changed the face of publishing as we know it and we think Ireland could do with a little nudge to help it along.”  The author of Summer Triangleand Scarred believes that “there is a natural and complementary link between writing and mental health,” and she is delighted that submission fees for the awards are going to support Aware, the mental health organisation.

 Jax Miller, author of 2015 international bestseller Freedom’s Child, says, “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.”

 The winning entries will be announced on Tuesday the 25th of October in The Teacher’s Club in Parnell Square at 7pm.  

Dubray Books and Easons, sponsors of the awards, will stock the winning titles nationwide.

Read the short list and find more information at  


Carolann Copland, Carousel Writers’ Centre,     086 1923613;

Sandra Hogan,  Aware,  01 237 4924 ;