The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors 

The Carousel Aware Prize for Independently Published Authors (The CAP for Indies) aims to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Self-Published authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad, with all money raised going to the charity Aware. 

Independent publishing is changing the face of publishing world wide and The CAP Awards has helped to give Ireland its place on that world map, with the awards providing recognition for the best that Ireland has to offer from Indie authors. 


The written word, like every art, needs competition to keep it moving forward. Readers now have a bigger choice and Independently published books are competing well alongside traditionally published books.

Aware is a non-profit organisation that provides education, support and information on mental health, particularly depression, bipolar disorder, and positive mental health.


The CAP Awards are committed to acknowledging and promoting excellence in
Irish independent book publishing, and are also a reader’s guarantee of quality; offering them fresh, new voices from independent authors combined with professional, high-level standards of publishing.
We are very lucky to have a dedicated committee and our panel of judges are high profile, top authors, who were happy to work free of charge for this award and Aware fund raiser. 


Submission open from: 4th March until 6th May 2024