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Longlist for World’s Richest Literary Prize announced

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, with its prize of €100,000, is the world’s richest literary prize. The award, established in 1994 and awarded annually since 1996, is sponsored by Dublin Corporation and IMPAC, a productivity improvement company which operates in over 50 countries world-wide.

Last night the longlist for the 2011 Award was announced in Dublin. There are 162 eligible nominations come from 126 cities and 43 countries. 42 of the shortlisted titles are translations spanning 14 languages and 35 of them are first novels.

Aussie nominees include :

Those marked ** are the titles nominated by the State Library of New South Wales.

Nominations are made on the basis of “high literary merit” and come from over 100 public libraries worldwide; an unique international library cooperative project. Nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities and each library can nominate up to three novels each year.

To be eligible for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award the novels need to have first been published in English between January 1st and December 31st 2009 (novels in translation can have been published between January 1st 2005 and December 31st 2009 and first published in English in 2009).

As stated above, this is the world’s richest literary prize with the winner gaining a trophy and €100,000 (or €75,000 to the author and €25,000 to the translator for a novel that has been translated).

The shortlist of a maximum of 10 titles, selected by an international panel of judges, will be announced April 12th 2011 then the winner on June 15th 2011.

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