The Man Booker Prize is awarded annually by the Booker Prize Foundation to the author of the best (in the opinion of the judges) eligible novel.
Each year’s panel of judges is chosen with the advice of the Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee, and is appointed by the Booker Prize Foundation. The prize is administered by the Foundation's Literary Director.
The judges are responsible for compiling a longlist of 12 or 13 books – ‘The Man Booker Dozen’ – and from this a shortlist of six books from which they then choose the winner.
Each shortlisted author receives £2,500 and a designer bound copy of his or her novel.
The winning author receives a further £50,000. The prize may not be divided or withheld.
Note that prior to 2002 the prize was known as the Booker Prize and throughout the Rules & Entry form a reference to the prize includes, where the context is appropriate, reference to the Booker Prize and the Man Booker Prize.
Publishers’ entry quotas
Novels to be considered by the judges can only be submitted by the publishers identified in 1a. below. The number of novels a publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists from 2011
to 2015, as follows:
1 submission - publishers with no longlisting
2 submissions - publishers with 1 or 2 longlisting(s)
3 submissions - publishers with 3 or 4 longlistings
4 submissions - publishers with 5 or more longlistings Please see the last page for the 2011 to 2015 longlists.
All submissions, call-in nominations and judges’ call-ins are made on a confidential basis.
a) Any novel in print or electronic format, written originally in English and published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK (see 1b. below) is eligible. The imprint must publish a list of at least two literary fiction novels by different authors each year. These two will not include a novel by the publisher. If the publisher is a company, the two will not include a novel by the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company.
b) In determining whether the novel is published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK the publisher must comply with all of the following:
i. the imprint sells its list in pounds sterling and where sold in print its books are distributed through national UK retail outlets, and
ii. the imprint has its principal place of business in the UK and is subject to UK registration
and regulation including the primary liability to pay tax in the UK on all of its trading activities as a publisher, and
iii. that the novel in question is one for which the publisher has been allocated a UK International Standard Book Number, and
iv. the novel is one which must be deposited with the British Library pursuant to the Legal Deposit Library Acts (2003 & 2013) and any regulations relating to these Acts
c) The novel must be published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016. If it has previously been published outside the UK it will only be eligible if the original date of publication outside the UK is within the previous two years, ie not earlier than 1 October 2013.
d) Every submitted novel must be a unified and substantial work.
e) No English translation of a novel written originally in any other language is eligible.
f) Self published novels are not eligible where the author is the publisher. If the publisher is a company which has been specifically set up to publish the novel in question, and/or the author is the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company, the novel is ineligible.
g) No novel is ineligible because its author has previously won either this prize or any other prize.
h) As long as it otherwise complies with all the rules of the prize, any novel by an author who has previously been shortlisted for the prize may be submitted in addition to, and will not form part of, the publishers’ entry quotas.
i) The author of the novel must be living at the time it is submitted or called in. The novel will only remain eligible for as long as its author is alive through the various stages of the prize up to the time of the announcement of the winner, although this is subject to the discretion of the Literary Director.
j) The decision of the Literary Director as to whether a novel is eligible shall be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.
Key stages of the prize
i. Completed entry forms must be received by Four Colman Getty by Friday 4 March 2016. Where print or proof copies are already available eight copies together with a PDF of the text must be sent at the same time.
ii. Friday 17 June 2016 is the deadline for submitting eight copies of the finished texts, which can be final proofs. If final proofs, eight copies of the finished novel must then be received by Four Colman Getty as soon as they become available.
iii. E-books are accepted on condition that the publisher is prepared, if necessary, to send eight bound print copies to Four Colman Getty.
iv. Unless published only as an ebook, at the date of publication of the novel at least 1,000 copies must be available for retail in the UK. For the requirements if the novel is longlisted but not published until after the announcement of the longlist, see 2 c. iii. below.
v. The Literary Director, in consultation with the chair of the judges, may reject any revised proof or finished copy which differs substantially or materially from a first submitted proof, and the novel concerned will not be further considered.
vi. By Friday 17 June 2016, in addition to the entry form, publishers must email to Four Colman Getty a high res image of the book jacket, a press release, author biog and photograph.
i. Each imprint may also provide, by Friday 4 March 2016, a list of up to five further eligible novels. This should be accompanied by a copy or proof of the novel plus a justification for each novel explaining why it should be considered. If no text is available at the time of call-in, it should be forwarded to Four Colman Getty as soon as it is available.
ii. An imprint which only publishes one literary fiction novel a year may provide a justification for that novel as long as the novel is otherwise eligible.
iii. The justification in each case must not exceed 250 words and must be written and signed by the author’s commissioning editor.
iv. The judges will call in no fewer than eight and no more than 12 from all such nominations they receive.
v. The judges may also call in any novel published between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016, even if that novel has not been submitted or nominated for call in by a publisher. If the publisher agrees that the novel is to be considered then the publisher must sign an undertaking to the effect that the publisher will comply with all the rules of the prize. The novel will not be further considered without this signed undertaking.
If a novel is longlisted its publisher will:
i. where the novel concerned was published before the announcement of the longlist and when submitted, or called in, was only available in print format, make the novel available for sale as an ebook within 10 days of the announcement of the longlist. If publication is after the announcement of the longlist.
ii. where the novel concerned was published before the announcement of the longlist and when submitted, or called in, was published only as an ebook, have no fewer than 1,000 print copies available for retail sale within 10 days of the announcement of the longlist.
iii. where the novel concerned is published after the announcement of the longlist, then on the publication date there must be the minimum of 1,000 print copies available for retail sale and the novel must also be available for sale as an ebook
iv. within 14 days of the longlist announcement provide an electronic text version to the RNIB
(or, if requested by the Booker Prize Foundation, to any other approved body) for the purposes of producing and distributing on a not-for-profit basis accessible copies to visually impaired persons. (See ** below for an explanation of the terminology in italics)
If a novel is shortlisted its publisher will:
i. contribute £5,000 towards general publicity.
ii. inform rights owners that accessible copies for the visually impaired are being produced and distributed (see ** below)
iii. have two copies of each shortlisted book in folded and collated form ready to be delivered to
a bookbinder within 48 hours of the announcement of the shortlist. If this should prove impossible, Four Colman Getty must be informed immediately. Four Colman Getty will supply shortlisted publishers with the name and address of the bookbinder to whom the copies must be sent.
The publisher of the winning novel will contribute a further £5,000 towards general publicity.
**All the italicised words and phrases used are as defined in the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002. The Booker Prize Foundation funds the production (currently by the RNIB) of shortlisted books into editions for the visually impaired. .
Marketing and expectations
a) It is a strict condition of entry that publishers agree to make it a priority to ensure that authors whose books are submitted or called in make themselves available for publicity and events from longlist stage on and that if shortlisted, authors will attend the award ceremony. If there is any problem over the author’s availability, Four Colman Getty must be informed immediately.
b) The publisher, publicist and agent of a longlisted author are strongly advised to attend a briefing meeting which is convened by Four Colman Getty shortly after the longlist is announced.
Please note submissions are now closed for the Man Booker International Prize 2016. If you have any questions regarding submissions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
a) The English translation of any work in print or electronic format written originally in a language other than English and published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK (see 1b below) is eligible. The imprint must publish a list of at least two contemporary literary fiction works by different authors each year. These two will not include a work by the publisher him/herself. If the publisher is a company, the two will not include the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company.
b) In determining whether the work is published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the
UK it must comply with the following:
i. The imprint sells its list in pounds sterling and where sold in print its books are distributed through national (UK) retail outlets, and
ii. The work is one which must be deposited with the British Library pursuant to the Legal Deposit Library Acts (2OO3 & 2O13) and any regulations relating to these Acts, and
iii. The imprint has its principal place of business in the UK and is subject to UK registration and regulation including the primary liability to pay tax in the UK on all of its trading activities
as a publisher, or
iv. That the work in question is one for which the publisher has been allocated a UK International Standard Book Number.
c) Works that have been self-translated are eligible. In cases where translation is attributed to more than one person (for instance the author and a translator) it is the author in consultation with the publisher who will advise the Administrator of the prize on the split of the translators' part of the prize money.
d) Works that have not been published in their original language, for example due to censorship, are eligible. However, publishers must be able to provide evidence that the book was originally written in another language and then translated into English.
e) Self-published works are not eligible where the author is the publisher. If the publisher is a company which has been specifically set up to publish the work in question, and/or the author is the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company, the work is ineligible.
f) No entry shall be ineligible because its author has previously won either this prize or any other prize.
g) Both the author and the translator of the work must be living at the time it is submitted or called in, and, subject always to the discretion of the Administrator of the prize (see also i below) the work will only remain eligible for so long as its author and translator are both alive through the various stages of the prize up to the time of the public announcement of the winner.
h) A work by an author that is published in separate volumes is only eligible if the volumes are published under a single ISBN.
i) The decision of the Administrator of the prize as to whether a work is eligible shall be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.