Andy Lee and Richie Sadlier have both been included on the longlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.
Twice winner Donald McRae is also in contention once again for the 2019 British sports writer prize.
McRae's book 'In Sunshine or in Shadow: How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles' is based on how boxing trainer Gerry Storey ran his Belfast gym during the Troubles and trained fighters on both the Republican and Loyalist sides.
Newcomers who made the list include memoirs by English soccer player Eniola Aluko, who wrote on themes such as race and institutional prejudice, and Irish boxer Lee on his struggles to get to the very top.
Autobiographies from soccer whistleblower Andy Woodward, who blew the lid on the scandal of sexual abuse in youth clubs, and striker Sadlier, who struggled with depression after he was forced to retire at 24, also made the cut.