What is the Literary Booker Prize?

This article is part of a blog series highlighting each book award to learn more about what each of them means. Check out more about this blog series and other posts included here.

What is the Booker Prize? This book award is for novels published explicitly in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The book must also be written in the English language but additionally has a sister award for books that have been translated into English. 

The Booker Prize was named after the company Booker, McConnell, who sponsored the prize. 

The prize trophy was made by artist Jan PieĊ„kowski, and as of March 2023, the trophy now has a name. The decided name is now Iris, but you can read more about naming the trophy in their article here. How beautiful would this trophy be to have in your home or office?!

The 2022 Booker Prize winner was The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Sri Lankan author  Shehan Karunatilaka. The 2023 prize will be announced this November!