The Man Booker Prize 2017 is now open for entries from publishers.
The famous literary prize is awarded annually by the Booker Prize Foundation to the author of the best eligible novel, with publisher Oneworld winning for a second year in a row last year with Paul Beatty’s The Sellout.
This year’s judging panel is chaired by Baroness Lola Young and includes literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Sarah Hall, the artist Tom Phillips CBE RA and the travel writer Colin Thubron CBE.
Completed entry forms must be received by Four Colman Getty by Friday 10th March 2017, with eight copies of each novel submitted by Friday 16th June 2017. The number of novels an eligible publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists from 2012 to 2016. The Rules & Entry Form can be accessed here.
The judges are responsible for compiling a longlist of 12 or 13 books – 'The Man Booker Dozen', which will be revealed in July. The shortlist of six books will be announced in September, and from this the winner will be selected and awarded their prize in October.
Each shortlisted author receives £2,500 and a designer bound copy of his or her novel. The winning author receives a further £50,000.
The prize encountered controversy towards the end of last year when authors including Julian Barnes reignited the debate over rule changes to allow American authors to compete, calling the decision “straightforwardly daft”. The rules changed in 2013, but has since been criticised by critics such as the Sunday Times’ literary editor Andrew Holgate who said last year’s longlist was “too top-heavy with US writers”.