Judges for Booker Prize 2024 Unveiled

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The panel of judges for the 2024 Booker Prize Credit: The Booker Prize

The judging panel for the 2024 edition of the Booker Prize has been announced. The panel has individuals who have in-depth and rich knowledge about the fiction and literature worlds.

Chairing the panel of judges is the renowned author and potter, Edmund de Waal. He is widely known for his ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ book, which was awarded the Costa Book Award for Biography in 2011.

He will be joined by the Guardian’s deputy literature editor Justine Jordan, award-winning novelist Sara Collins, exceptional writer and professor Yiyun Li, and musician, Nitin Sawhney.

Edmund de Waal, through a press statement, acknowledged his role as a panel judge for the 2024 Bookers Prize. Adding that “The great ambition of the Booker Prize is to explore contemporary fiction without preconceptions, and I am so privileged to be sharing my year of reading with such a gloriously distinguished and vigorous group of fellow explorers. I am looking forward to being part of the best book club ever.”

Giving a remark about the choice of judges for the 2024 Booker Prize, Gaby Wood, Chief Executive of the Booker Prize Foundation said in a press release that the panel and its chair are great writers and perceptive thinkers, hence, will do a very good job.

“This year’s judges are perceptive readers, creative thinkers, seasoned collaborators. All of them are writers, but between them they also have backgrounds in science, law, music and art. Their lived experience spans the globe.

“Their Chair, Edmund de Waal, is deeply respected the world over for his ability to put people, books and works of art in conversation with one another,” Wood added.

The winner of the 2024 Booker Prize will be announced in November 2024. Meanwhile, doors are opened for the submission of works by authors who released a book between September and October 2023. The period for submission of work is between January 29 and June 3, 2024.

Nominees for the Bookers Prize will also be whittled down from all nationalities and those who published their books in the UK or Ireland over the stated period.

The esteemed judges will present a list of about 12 or 13 dubbed the “Booker Dozen” in July 2024. The final shortlist will be selected in September 2024.

The winner of the 2024 Booker Prize will walk home with a whopping  £50,000 (approximately €5,8081) cash prize, while each of the six shortlisted authors will also be given £2,500 (approximately €2,904).

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