Recently, Irish writer Paul Lynch won the Booker Prize for fiction for his novel Prophet Song.
Facts for Prelims
- Established in the UK in 1969, the Booker Prize is a prestigious literary award for a singular work of fiction.
- Initially focused on Commonwealth writers, it has evolved to include global participation, open to authors regardless of their origin.
Objectives of the Prize:
- The primary goal is to champion outstanding fiction by recognizing the best novel of the year written in English.
- The Booker Prize considers novels originally written in English and published in the UK and Ireland in the prize year.
- Only original works in English, not translations, are eligible.
- The novel must be published by a registered UK or Irish imprint; self-published works are not considered.
- The winner is awarded £50,000, while each shortlisted author receives £2,500.
Booker Prize Foundation:
- Established in 2002, the Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity overseeing the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker International Prize, which commenced in 2005.
-Source: Indian Express