International Booker Prize

May 22, 2024

Recently, Kairos’ by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Michael Hofmann, has won the International Booker Prize 2024.

About International Booker Prize:

  • It is awarded annually for the finest single work of fiction from around the world which has been translated into English.
  • This prize began life in 2005 as the Man Booker International Prize.
  • It was initially a biennial prize for a body of work and there was no stipulation that the work should be written in a language other than English.
  • This prize aims to encourage more reading of quality fiction from all over the world and has already had an impact on those statistics in the UK.
  • Eligibility: Eligible work of long-form fiction, written originally in English by an author of any nationality and published in the UK and/or Ireland. 
  • Prize money
    • The prize celebrates the vital work of translators, with the £50,000 prize money divided equally between the author and the translator.
    • In addition, the shortlisted authors and translators each receive £2,500.