Man Booker to accept digital submissions for first time

Digital text versions of novels are to be accepted for entry for the Man Booker prize for the first time in 2011 as a number of changes are made to the rules.

Publishers are being asked to submit a digital version of their submissions, as well as print, as judges are to be supplied with e-readers for the first time so they can read submissions electronically if they choose. Publishers were previously asked to submit text versions for the shortlisted titles.

In a further change, the rule which allows novels by all living past winners to be automatically eligible for the prize is to be extended to novels by all living past shortlisted authors.

The deadline for entries is 1st April. The judges are to be chaired by author and former director-general of M15 Stella Rimington, with writer and journalist Matthew d’Acona, author Susan Hill, author and politician Chris Mullin and Daily Telegraph head of books Gaby Wood completing the panel.