IMPAC Dublin Award seeks new sponsor
The €100,000 (A$143,452) International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is looking for a new sponsor, reports the Irish Times. The prize was previously backed by a trust fund provided by the now defunct American productivity company IMPAC, which ceased trading in the mid-2000s. The last €10,000 (A$14,338) of the trust fund went towards last year’s prize, with the remainder provided by the Dublin city council. Funding for the 2015 prize, and a further €80,250 (A$115,120) in administration costs, will be entirely provided by the Dublin city council. The council told the Irish Times that it is ‘actively exploring suitable potential partnerships to support the future funding of the award’, and that the prize will retain the IMPAC brand during this process. ‘The award is widely known internationally as the “Dublin IMPAC” and we see no benefit in losing that name recognition in the short term,’ it said. This announcement follows recent news that two other UK literary prizes, the Folio Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize, are seeking new sponsorship. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (Picador) and Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) were among the 10 books shortlisted for this year’s IMPAC Dublin award. The winner will be announced on 17 June.
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