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IMPAC 'deserves wider recognition'

14th June 2010

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award should be recognised as one of the leading writing prizes but is often overshadowed by its rivals, experts have argued.

Writing in the Irish Times, arts journalist Sinead Gleeson pointed out that the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker both attract a great deal of media attention, but their prizes do not match the 100,000 euro (GBP 83,000) award offered by the IMPAC.

She also noted that a unique feature of the prize is its selection process, which sees books submitted by libraries from across the globe and the 150-plus nominations eventually whittled down to an eight-strong shortlist.

Gleeson also said that the award's tendency to recognise less commercial works, such as 2009 winner Man Gone Down by debut author Michael Thomas, makes it a welcome alternative to prizes that focus on household names.

She added: 'The prize has huge merit - its selection process, its championing of books in translation and generous prize fund - and deserves a wider reputation.'

The 2010 winner of the IMPAC will be announced on June 17th. Netherland by Joseph O'Neill, Zoe Heller's The Believers and God's Own Country by Ross Raisin are included on the shortlist.

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