The CAP Awards for Independent Irish Authors are now open for submissions.

Carolann Copland

The CAP Awards provide a platform to showcase Independently Published Authors in Ireland, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors, and the media with all money raised going to the charity Aware. Aware is a non-profit organisation that provides education, support, and information on mental health, particularly depression, bipolar disorder, and positive mental health. Founded in 2016 by author Carolann Copland, The CAP Awards have helped to promote and encourage Irish Authors, with the awards providing recognition for the best that Ireland has to offer from Independent Authors. After Publishing her own books, Carolann felt there was an opportunity to recognise other Authors that had also self-published in Ireland.

After leaving my job as a primary school teacher, I wanted to find a new project that would showcase Irish Authors and help a charity close to my heart which is Aware. I felt that recognition for Independent Authors would be a good mix of something I was passionate about while also raising money for a good cause.

Carolann has also succeeded in getting other Irish Authors involved in organising the event and prides herself on the quality of the judges she will have on the panel this year. “We are very fortunate to have other Irish Authors get involved with the event and are very proud this year to have Zoe Miller, Patricia O’Reilly, Orna Ross, Emma-Jane Leeson and ER Murray as our judging panel.”

The CAP Awards have also received direct support from Stephen Butterfly, Head of Fundraising at Aware who will benefit directly from the proceeds raised from the Awards. “We are honoured to have been chosen as the partner charity for The CAP Award). This is a fantastic initiative to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s many self-published authors. We are very grateful to Carolann for her ongoing support of Aware, for bringing attention to the topic of mental health and raising much needed funds for the organisation.

To find out more and to submit your application for the Awards visit

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