The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single fiction book from around the world, translated into English and published in the UK and Ireland.

The Booker Prizes recognise the finest work in fiction, whether that work was originally written in English (the Booker Prize) or translated into English (the International Booker Prize). This ensures that Booker honours and celebrates fiction on a truly global basis.

The International Booker Prize was introduced in 2005 as the Man Booker International Prize and was awarded to a body of work every other year. Initially, there was no rule that the work should be written in a language other than English. Early winners of the prize therefore include writers like Alice Munro, Lydia Davis and Philip Roth, as well as Ismali Kadare and Laszlo Krasznahorkai. 



Above: previous winners of The International Booker Prize.

However, in 2015, after the original Booker Prize updated their rules to allow writers of all nationalities to enter -  as long as their books were written in English and published in the UK - the International Prize evolved to annually award a piece of fiction written in another language and translate into English.

 This prize celebrates the vital work of translators and aims to encourage people to read more fiction from all over the world. The winning author and translator equally share the £50,000 prize money, with each shortlisted author and translator also receiving £2,500.

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Sophie Olejnik

Sophie Olejnik

Sophie is a trainee journalist at The University of Sheffield who specialises in feature writing. She has a keen passion for books and would love to work in the publishing industry in the future. She’s particularly passionate about how our ever-changing planet is represented in the books we read.

Favourite genres: Thrillers and Contemporary Fiction.