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Here’s the shortlist for the 2021 International DUBLIN Literary Award.


March 25, 2021, 11:30am

The shortlist for the 2021 International DUBLIN Literary Award, six books chosen from a longlist of nominations from public libraries around the world, has been released. The winner will be announced in May 2021, and will receive a prize of €100,000. (If the winner is a translated book, the prize is split 75-25 between the author and translator.)

You’ll notice this list is composed of slightly older works than other awards given out this year; all books first published in English between January 1st of 2019 and June 30th of 2020 were eligible to be nominated. Without further ado, here are the shortlisted titles.


Colum McCann, Apeirogon

Colum McCann, Apeirogon
(Random House)

Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Everisto, Girl, Woman, Other
(Grove, Black Cat)

Fernanda Melchor, Hurricane Season; cover design by Jamie Keenan (New Directions, October)

Fernanda Melchor, Hurricane Season
(New Directions)

Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press)

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys
(Anchor Books)

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