Submissions for the 2020 Booker Prize open today (15th January).
The award, for a long-form work of fiction published in the UK or Ireland, was controversially given to two books last year, Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton) and Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Chatto & Windus).
This year’s deadline to enter the prize is 13th March, with eight copies to be sent to Four Culture by 5th June. The prize-winner will receive £50,000, while each shortlisted author gets £2,500.
The longlist will be decided in July, with a shortlist announced on 15th September. The final winner will be crowned on 27th October.
This year’s judging panel is chaired by editor and ex-publisher Margaret Busby, who is joined by Lee Child, critic Sameer Rahim, poet Lemn Sissay and classicist Emily Wilson.
A full list of rules and details of how to submit are available on the Booker Prize website.