Rules and submissions process for entering the Booker Prize and International Booker Prize.

Submissions for the International Booker Prize are made each year between July and early October, while the submissions for the Booker Prize are open from December to April. 

Please note, only publishers can submit entries to the prizes; authors and agents are not permitted to enter the prizes directly.

Submissions for the International Booker Prize

Submissions are now closed for the 2022 International Booker Prize.

The International Booker Prize for fiction translated into English is awarded annually to the author and translator of the best (in the opinion of the judges) eligible novel or collection of short stories.

The work must be published in the UK or Ireland between 1 May of the year prior and 30 April of the year of that award.

Submissions must be made between July and early October.  Please check the rules and entry form for dates.

Download a copy of the rules here.

Once you have completed the submission form follow the steps below: 

1. Email [email protected] a PDF of each submitted book, a high res image (at least 1mb/300 dpi) of the book cover, a colour photograph of the author and translator, an author and translator bio and a press release or AI sheet for the book, if available. 

2. Send eight physical copies of each submitted book to the below address – ensure you mention The 2022 International Booker Prize on the envelope:
The 2022 International Booker Prize
c/o Liz Fricker
Mango Logistics Group
Unit 14/15 214 Rotherhithe Business Estate
Rotherhithe New Road
London
SE16 3EH

For queries please contact Titilope Ogunnaike at [email protected]/+44 (0)20 3907 8956

Submissions for the Booker Prize for Fiction

Submissions and call-in nominations for the Booker Prize are now closed.

Each year’s panel of 5 judges is chosen with the advice of The Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee and is appointed by The Booker Prize Foundation.

The judges read the submissions and are responsible for compiling a longlist of 12 or 13 books, and from this a shortlist of six books from which they then choose a winner.  A different set of judges are appointed for The Booker and The International Booker Prizes.

The Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to the author of the best (in the opinion of the judges) eligible work of long-form fiction. The work must be published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October of the year prior, and 30 September of the year of that award.

Submissions deadlines are staggered between December and April.  

Download a copy of the 2021 rules here.