We asked you to help us name the recently revived Booker Prize trophy. From ancient muses to literary icons, you provided hundreds of suggestions. Now, our judges have selected a final six - and it’s time to choose a winner
The vote for this poll has now closed and the winner will be announced soon, but not by February 27 as previously stated.
Earlier this year, we launched a competition inviting you to help us name the Booker Prize trophy. The distinctive statuette was designed by the much-loved children’s book illustrator Jan Pieńkowski for the first Booker Prize ceremony in 1969, but it had fallen out of use in the 1970s. Following Pieńkowski’s death last year, we revived the trophy in his honour for the 2022 ceremony, and it will be presented to future winners of our prizes.
But we feel the trophy is missing something: a name. And so, we asked for your suggestions. Almost 800 of you responded, with names including Greek, Roman and Egyptian goddesses, ancient muses, literary characters and - of course - plenty of Booker-nominated authors, past and present.
Entries closed on January 27, since when our judges - 2022 Booker winner Shehan Karunatilaka; publisher and critic Margaret Busby; Gabriel Schenk, grandson of P.H. Newby, winner of the first Booker Prize; David Walser, partner of the late Jan Pieńkowski; and the Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gaby Wood - have sifted through the nominations to select a shortlist. They have now chosen six names.
This poll has now closed, thank you to everyone who voted. The winner will be announced soon, but not by Monday February 27 as previously stated.
Beryl - after the late Beryl Bainbridge, a Booker Prize legend, who was shortlisted for the award five times, though never won.
Iris - after 1978 Booker winner Iris Murdoch, who was nominated for the prize seven times. Iris was also the Greek messenger of the gods.
Minerva - after the Roman goddess of poetry, wisdom and the arts.
Calliope - after the Greek muse who presided over eloquence and poetry.
Janina - primarily a Polish name meaning ‘God is gracious’, and the female form of Jan, after Jan Pienkowski, the Polish-born designer of the trophy.
The name that receives the most votes via our form will be the overall winner. Voting closed on Monday February 20.
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This is a competition, with only one entry allowed per person, and we reserve the right to disqualify any entries where we suspect one person has used a number of different email addresses. Use or attempted use of any automated or other non-manual entry methods is prohibited. While it is governed by our general rules for competitions, available here, the following specifics also apply (and take precedence should there be any contradiction or ambiguity):
The competition process (call for entries, explanation of how entries will be selected for consideration of the judges, identity of the judges, their task to select at their absolute discretion six entries to be put forward for public vote, and the timetable for the process) are set out in the competition details above.
The winner will receive a Montegrappa Zero pen and a Folio Society edition of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning novel, Wolf Hall, but we do reserve the right at our sole discretion to make changes/substitutions to what the prize comprises if circumstances so require.
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