Rules and Submissions for entering the Man Booker Prize 2014

Entry for the Man Booker Prize 2014 has now closed.  The final deadline for submitting entries was 14 March 2014.

If you have any questions regarding submissions please contact Lucy Hinton

1.     THE PRIZE

a)    The prize is worth £50,000 to the winner.  It is awarded by the Booker Prize Foundation to the author of the best, eligible full-length novel in the opinion of the judges.  The prize may not be divided or withheld

b)    The judges will be responsible for compiling a longlist of 12 or 13 books – ‘The Man Booker Dozen’ - followed by a shortlist of six outstanding books submitted for the prize.  For inclusion in this shortlist a title must have the full support of at least one judge in whose opinion it is a valid contender for the prize. Each shortlisted author will receive £2,500 in addition to a hand bound copy of his or her own book

c)    The panel of judges is chosen with the advice of the Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee, and appointed by the Booker Prize Foundation.  The prize is administered by Ion Trewin, the Foundation's Literary Director


Any eligible book which is entered for the prize will only qualify for the award if its publisher agrees:

a)    to contribute £5,000 towards general publicity if the book reaches the shortlist

b)    to contribute a further £5,000 if the book wins the prize

c)    to comply with Rules 3e, 3f and 4i

d)    if the book reaches the longlist, to provide within two weeks of the longlist announcement 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. All the italicised words and phrases used here are as defined in the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002. Please also note that the Booker Prize Foundation funds the production (currently by the RNIB) of shortlisted books into editions for the visually impaired. Should one of your submissions be on the shortlist, please inform rights owners that accessible copies are being produced and distributed

e)    publishers must use their best endeavours to ensure that authors whose books are submitted make themselves available for publicity from longlist stage on


a)    Any full-length novel, written originally in English and published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK within the prize year is eligible. Such a book must be a unified and substantial work. Entry for books is dealt with in Rule 4

b)    Authors must be living at the time of the award

c)    No English translation of a book written originally in any other language is eligible

d)    Self published books are not eligible where the author is the publisher or where a company has been specifically set up to publish that book

e)    Online submissions will only be accepted from an imprint formally established in the UK and on the condition that seven copies are downloaded for the judges’ consideration.  In the event that an online book is longlisted, the publisher must undertake to produce hard copies and make these available for sale through the UK booktrade  within 10 days of the announcement of the longlist

f)    All shortlisted books will be made available by publishers as e-books within two weeks of the shortlist announcement.  Extracts from the e-books should be freely accessible for downloads

g)    Children’s books will only be accepted on the condition that they have also been published by an adult imprint within the specified dates
h)    All entries must be published in the United Kingdom between the required dates (Rule 4a) but previous publication of a book outside the UK does not disqualify it

i)    The decision of the Literary Director as to whether a book is eligible shall be binding and no correspondence shall be entered into

j)    No entry shall be ineligible because its author has won either the Man Booker Prize or any other prize previously

k)    All submissions (including the list of titles referred to in 4f) are made on a
          confidential basis


a)    To be eligible novels must be published between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014 in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK

b)    As from the 2014 prize, the system by which publishers submit books for the Man Booker Prize has changed. From 2014 on, the number of books a publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists over the previous five years, as follows:

1 submission - publishers with no listing
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

This means that the number of submissions for each publisher will change year on year. Publishers will be alerted to the number of submissions they are eligible to make on an individual basis. Please see the attached appendix for the previous five years’ longlistings.

c)    Provided it otherwise complies with these rules, any title by an author who has previously been shortlisted for or won the Booker or Man Booker Prize may be submitted in addition to books qualifying under rule 4b)

d)    Entry forms must be submitted by 14 March 2014 At that date all available books, whether or not already published, should be submitted to Four Colman Getty as a PDF as well as a finished copy or page proof.  Proofs of any book published after 14 March 2014 should be submitted to Four Colman Getty the moment they become available, followed by finished copies.  Final texts must be submitted by 2 July 2014.  The Literary Director of the prize, in consultation with the Chair of the Judges, reserves the right to reject any substantially revised proof or finished copy received after that date.  Seven copies of each entry must be submitted for the judges of the Man Booker Prize, care of Four Colman Getty and not direct to the judges

e)    In addition to the entry form, publishers are asked to email, by 2 July 2014, a high res image (at least 1mb/300dpi) of the submitted book cover, a press release and author CV and photograph

f)    Each publisher may also provide, by 14 March 2014, a list of up to five further titles each of which must be accompanied by a justification for the title to be considered by the judges as an entry. The justification must not exceed 250 words and must be written and signed by the author’s commissioning editor.  The judges will be required to call in no fewer than 8 and no more than 12 of all the titles provided in this way by publishers

g)    The judges may also, no later than 2 July 2014, call in any book published between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014, even if such a book has not been submitted through any other route.  In that event the publisher will be asked to submit seven printed copies of the book to Four Colman Getty and be required to conform to the conditions of the award as specified in the rules

h)    No book entered by publishers or called in by the judges will be returned to the publishers

i)    Each publisher of a title appearing on the longlist will be required to have no fewer than 1,000 copies of that title available in stock within 10 days of the announcement of the longlist.  The publisher, publicist and agent of the longlisted author are strongly advised to attend a briefing meeting shortly after the longlist is announced

j)    Two copies of each shortlisted book in folded and collated form should be retained by the publisher.  These must be delivered to a nominated 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 which copies must be sent