Submitted by Leah on Tue, 2016-01-19 09:58
The first cycle of the newly evolved Man Booker International Prize takes place this spring. Having joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, it will complement the Man Booker Prize for Fiction by rewarding the best book translated into English. Its aim is to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works in translation and to give greater recognition to the role of translators. The judges will select the ‘Man Booker dozen’ of 12 or 13 books in March, followed by a shortlist of six in April, with the winner announced in May 2016.
The key dates are:
10 March 2016 Longlist Announcement
14 April 2016 Shortlist Announcement
16 May 2016 Winner Announcement at a dinner at the V&A in London
The prize will be awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK, rather than every two years for a body of work. Both novels and collections of short stories are eligible. In addition, the work of translators will now be directly rewarded, with the new £50,000 prize being divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. Also each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000, bringing the total prize fund to £62,000 per year.
The 2016 panel is chaired by Boyd Tonkin, Senior Writer at the Independent, and includes: anthropologist and novelist Tahmima Anam; academic David Bellos, who is currently Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University; editor and academic Daniel Medin, who holds a comparative literature professorship at the American University of Paris (AUP); and prize-winning British poet and author Ruth Padel.
Together, the two Man Booker Prizes reward the best books from around the globe, as long as those books have a publisher in the UK and are available in English.
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