2018 Marks 50 Years of the Man Booker Prize

By December 18, 2017Literary Awards, Literary Events, News

When you’re a reading addict, it’s always an exciting year in literature but 2018 is set to be even more exciting as one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world celebrates its half-centenary. The Man Booker Prize marks 50 years in 2018 and they are planning a year long celebration to mark it, and as usual it’s us readers who will benefit.

The Man Booker was launched in 1968 as a Commonwealth Award, and that makes 2018 a pretty exciting year as the Man Booker marks 50 years. The Foundation is running a range of global activities this year to “celebrate its heritage and inspire readers and writers for the next 50 years” and here are just some of the things that will be happening.

The Man Booker Flagship event to mark the 50 years will be in partnership with the Southbank Centre, and will run from 3rd to 6th July 2018. The so called Fiction at its Finest Festival will be hosted at a variety of spaces, including the Royal Festival Hall and will host interviews and conversations with Man Booker winning and shortlisted authors, workshops, masterclasses and debates. Tickets for this event will go on sale in February and the event programme goes live at the same time.

The Man Booker is also teaming up with several literary festivals including the Hay Festival in the summer with Man Booker winning authors, including Margaret Atwood.

An anniversary diary has also been created to mark the 50th year, in association with Third Millennium Publishing featuring all the jackets of the winners, details of the shortlists and behind the scenes commentary.

The BBC, the prize’s broadcast partner will also air a host of programmes around the anniversary and the Fiction at its Finest Festival, and the Man Booker is hoping to get involved in more activities and partnerships to be announced in the New Year.

All things considered it’s gearing up to be an exciting year for readers, and it looks like the Man Booker Foundation will be leading the way.

Women’s Prize For Fiction Shortlist Has Been Announced

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On International Women’s Day 2018, the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced. Those 16 books were read and discussed by the panel of judges- Sarah Sands, Katy Brand, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer, and Imogen Stubbs- and whittled down to a final sensational 6.

The process is tough as there is so much wonderful talent to choose from, but after heated debates and heartfelt advocacies for favourite novels the shortlist has been decided upon.

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UK Short Story Competition Open Now!

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Calling all British Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers- this competition needs your talent!

This year heralds the third annual BAME short story competition run by The Guardian Newspaper and 4th Estate team. The prize celebrates the talents of British ethnic minority writers who are in need of representation and promotion.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

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Kindle Storyteller Award Back for Second Year

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Last year Kindle announced its first ever Storyteller Award for authors who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing in the UK. Last year the thriller, The Relic Hunters won the first ever award and now it’s announced that the award is back for a second year.

On 10th April Amazon UK opened this year’s awards, a literary prize recognising outstanding work by self published authors. To qualify for the 2018 award you must have published your book via Kindle Direct Publishing, between 1st May 2018 and 31st August 2018. Read More

Pulitzer Prize for Literature Winners 2018

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The Pulitzer Prize is the biggest US prize for the arts, awarding prizes for literature, drama, music and journalism. It’s the literature prizes we are of course interested in and today we announce the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the rest of the literature prizes.

The main literature prize, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction goes to Less by Andrew Sean Greer this year. A funny and touching tale, Less follows the life of mid-list novelist who needs to grow up. Here’s that, and the other Pulitzer winners for 2018. Read More

Man Booker Submits to Beijing and Causes Controversy by Listing Taiwanese Author as Chinese

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The Man Booker International Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world and has been awarded to the likes of Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, and Hilary Mantel. A major controversy has now stirred after the organisation changed the nationality of a Taiwanese nominee to “Taiwan, China,” following pressure from the Chinese embassy in London.

The Chinese government believes the island of Taiwan is part of China’s territory and wants to see the country brought into the fold, by force if necessary. China has since been undermining and excluding Taiwan on the global forum in order to quell ideas that it is its own country. Many Taiwan’s 23 million citizens reject China’s claim and the country has its own government, military, and foreign policy.  Read More



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