Reports have been circulating that the Man Booker Prize, which “aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland,” may be open to U.S. authors next year for the first time. As expected, this news has come as a “shock” to many. Amidst the uproar, Iown Trewin, literary director of the Man Booker prizes, stated the following:
“There are going to be some changes to the rules of the Man Booker prize for fiction which have been in discussion for some while. The information which is currently in circulation is incomplete.”
Full details will be announced on September 18th. Until then, you can read more about the controversy here and here.