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Inaugural Folio Prize Shortlist Announced


The very first Folio Prize shortlist was announced this week. Launched in March 2013 and sponsored by The Folio Society, the Folio Prize is the first major English language book prize open to authors from around the world.  The prize considers any work of fiction published in the UK regardless of form, genre, or the author’s country of origin.

However, it may be a challenge for the prize to present a unique list of nominees each year. In September 2013 it was announced that the decades-old Man Booker Prize would expand in 2014 to include authors from around the world. The Man Booker was previously limited to authors in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland.

With the Folio Prize being awarded so early in the year, its list will largely be comprised of books that were published during the previous calendar year and may have already been through the traditional end-of-year award season. That being said, only two of eight titles on the Folio’s first shortlist garnered attention during last year’s award season.  Rachel Kushner’s The Flame Throwers and George Saunder’s Tenth of December were both finalists for the National Book Award, though the prize went to James McBride for The Good Lord Bird.

The inaugural Folio Prize will be awarded on March 10th following a two-day fiction festival featuring some of the world’s finest writers and critics, all drawn from The Folio Prize Academy.

The 2014 Folio Prize Shortlist

Red Doc by Anne Carson

Red Doc
by Anne Carson

Schroder by Amity Gaige

Schroder
by Amity Gaige

Last Friends by Jane Gardam

Last Friends
by Jane Gardam

Benediction by Kent Haruf

Benediction
by Kent Haruf

The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner

The Flame Throwers
by Rachel Kushner

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
by Eimear McBride

A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava

A Naked Singularity
by Sergio De La Pava

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December
George Saunders

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