The Inaugural Michel Déon Prize

The Inaugural Michel Déon Prize

The inaugural Michel Déon Prize will be awarded in December 2018 by the Royal Irish Academy to a non-fiction writer domiciled in Ireland and in alternate years the prize will be awarded by the Académie française to a fiction writer domiciled in France. The author of the 2018 winning book will receive €10,000 and give the ‘Michel Déon Lecture’ in France in 2019. In 2018 the Royal Irish Academy’s Michel Déon Prize, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will be awarded to the author of the book that the judging panel consider to be the best work of non-fiction published in the previous two years from the eligible categories. In selecting the winner, the judging panel will be looking for: originality; quality of writing and contribution to knowledge and/or public debate. The purpose of the prize is:

– to honour the life of Michel Déon (1919-2016) by continuing his work in supporting and championing writing talent
– to sustain the legacy of Michel Déon in celebrating the richness and diversity of cultural experience in Europe

To be eligible, non-fiction books will have been published between July 2016 and July 2018 and may be from any of the following non-fiction categories: autobiography, biography, cultural studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, travel. Authors of any nationality domiciled on the island of Ireland are eligible. The book must be by a single-author and in the English or Irish languages. The following categories are not eligible:- RIA Publications; self-published books; practical manuals; guides and children’s books. All readers/publishers are eligible to suggest titles and the judging panel may also nominate eligible books. The closing date for suggestions is 23 September 2018. Click this link for full details on entering.:

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May Book Competition

The Doctor Who Sat for a Year

By Brendan Kelly

The twelve-month project of a self-confessed ‘Zen failure’

for a chance to win:

The Doctor Who Sat for a Year
By Brendan Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-7171-8457-6
Publisher: Gill Books



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