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Booker Prize 2020

Who will get the Booker Prize 2020?

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The Booker Prize


The Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the United Kingdom. This prize is awarded to the best original novel written in the English language. In order to win this prize the novel has to be published in the UK and Ireland. The first ever Booker Prize was awarded in 1969 and since then the tradition has continued every year. In old days the prize could only be awarded to authors from the South Africa, Ireland and all Commonwealth Nations however in 2014 the pool was widened to any English language novel published in the UK.

How Important Is The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is known to boost the winning novelist’s fame. Novelists, who have the distinction of winning The Booker Prize in the past, saw a huge boost in their fame and in the sales for all their future publications. It is a huge honour for authors and novelists to be awarded the Booker Prize. It is a very prestigious award and its importance can be judged by the fact that it can have a very positive domino effect on the career of the winning author.

How Does The Prize Work

The award is only awarded to authors who pen down fictional novels. Authors can submit a maximum of two titles for the Booker Prize. The committee overlooking the selection process gets hundreds of entries from all over the United Kingdom.

Once the date of entry submission passes, the judges then select a long list of novels. You should consider yourself lucky if you even get nominated for the long list. The long list for 2019 was issued on 24th July. After some time, the long list is shrunk to a short list. This is an elite group to be in so if you’ve gotten your novel shortlisted for the booker prize , consider yourself one of the best English language novel writers in the world. The shortlist for 2019 will be issued on 3rd September 2019.

Few weeks after the shortlist announcment, the winner of the Booker prize is announced. This is usually around October. The winner is announced at the Guildhall in London. The ceremony is attended by several different VIPs. This year the ceremony is to be held on 14th October.

What To Expect This Year

There have been some amazing entries in this year’s Booker Prize including entries by previous winners and heavyweights like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie. This year’s Booker Prize is very unique as this is the first time that the Booker Prize Long List has been dominated by well established authors.

The Judges

The judges for Booker Prize 2019 are Afua Hirsch, Xiaolu Guo, Joanna Macgregor, Liz Calder and the chairperson of the judging committee Peter Florence. All these judges are amazing writers in their own right.

The Leading Contender

Many are anticipating that this year’s Booker Prize may be awarded to none other than Margaret Atwood for her sequel to Handmaid’s tale however this is just anticipation. There are many other well established authors in the race as well so the competition is bound to be tough. The only thing we can say for now is may the best author win!

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