eir Sport is continuing its quest to recognise and reward excellence in Irish sports writing eir Sport, with the support of Publishing Ireland has today launched the eir Sport Book of the Year, (formerly Setanta Sports Book of the Year) the second year of the award designed to recognise and reward the very best in Irish sports writing.
The eir Sport Book of the Year will seek to find the best sports book published by an Irish author in 2016, or sports book with an Irish subject matter. The winning author will receive a €1,500 cash prize and a specially commissioned trophy while €10,000 worth of TV advertising on eir Sport is also on offer for the winning entry. All shortlisted entries will feature in a television show to be broadcast on eir Sport to help drive awareness of the publications.
This is the second year of an initial four year commitment by eir Sport to the awards scheme. Last year’s inaugural award was claimed by former Dublin football keeper John Leonard for the memorable ‘Dub Sub Confidential’. Brian Quinn, Operations Director at eir Sport commented; “eir Sport is extremely passionate about Irish sport and recognise the major role sports writing has to play. That is why we are delighted to launch the second year of the eir Sport Book of the Year. Promoting Irish sports writing is vitally important as it has a significant influence on how all fans view and interact with sport.”
“Huge thanks once again must go to Publishing Ireland for their support of the award and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
The President of Publishing Ireland Ruth Hegarty added “We are looking for the best sports book to win this award. Publishing Ireland is delighted to partner with eir Sport because their commitment to quality is absolute. This award is about high quality writing and good storytelling and I call on publishers and authors to make sure that their book is in with a chance”
All sports books written by an Irish author or with an Irish subject matter, published since January 2016 will be eligible for the award this year. Entries will be sought in September with the closing date for entries in early October. A long list will be announced in mid-October before a short list is announced in late-November. The winner of the eir Sport Book of the Year 2016 will then be announced in December.