Man Booker prize to accept books published in Ireland for the first time

Until now, Irish authors without a UK publisher had been excluded from the coveted prize for literary fiction

An anomaly in the Man Booker prize rules that made books published in Ireland ineligible for the £50,000 award because they were not published in the UK has been removed, after years of frustration among Irish presses.

The award, which changed its rules three years ago to allow any writer writing in English and published in the UK to enter, announced on Monday that Irish publishers would also now be permitted to submit novels for the prize. Previously, titles such as Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones, which was initially published by independent Irish press Tramp, were ineligible because Tramp is based in Dublin. When the novel, deemed “exceptional” in a Guardian review, was later picked up by Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate, it was then longlisted for 2017’s Man Booker prize.

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