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About The Booker Prize

Context:

Recently, Irish writer Paul Lynch won the Booker Prize for fiction for his novel Prophet Song.

Relevance:

Facts for Prelims

Booker Prize:

  • 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.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • 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.
Prize Details:
  • 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


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