2018 is going to be an exciting year for the Man Booker as the prize celebrates it’s fiftieth year with a raft of celebrations and awards. And for Irish publishers, it’ll be an extra special year as for the first time author’s from the country will be able to submit books for consideration.
The move is likely to curb a lot of frustration felt by Irish publishers about the situation, especially as there’s never been any good reason for the exclusion. The entire situation is caused by an anomaly, simply because Irish books aren’t published in the UK, but that has now been rectified.
Until now the award was available to anyone writing in English and publishing in the UK, but this excluded Irish authors such as Mike McCormack, whose Solar Bones was originally published in Dublin. After positive reviews across the world, Scottish publisher Canongate republished the novel, making it eligible to be longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker prize. Solar Bones while used as an example, isn’t a standalone case, hundreds of respected literary works come out of Ireland every year, each one knowing they cannot be a Man Booker winner… Until now.
Both the UK and Ireland are part of the British Isles and as such the publishing industries are deeply intertwined, something that was making this anomaly even more frustrating. It also meant that smaller Irish publishing houses had little chance of keeping authors once they had become successful, stifling the Irish literary industry.
From 2018, Irish publishers will be free to enter applicants for the award as the Man Booker marks its fiftieth year. American author George Sanders won the Man Booker for 2017, but we could see an Irish author this year. We’ll know that towards the end of the year, but the longlist will be available from July.
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.
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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