Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors


About us.

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

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. 

Independent publishing is changing the face of publishing worldwide 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. We are very lucky to have a dedicated committee and panel of judges who are all happy to work free of charge for this award and the Aware fund raiser.

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

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Award Categories

The Carousel Aware Prize offers some sponsored submission places for writers who might otherwise not be able to afford to enter The CAP Awards. These places will be awarded to authors who meet a low-income criteria. All correspondence will be kept strictly confidential. Please apply to

*(Prose OR poetry, OR a mixture of prose and poetry. One author OR a compilation of authors)