One of the world’s most prestigious literary awards is to accept Irish-published entries for the first time.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction opened its doors after controversy over last year’s longlist when Solar Bones, the acclaimed comeback novel by Mike McCormack, was ruled ineligible until it was put into book stores in Britain by a Scottish publisher.
The novel had been first published by Tramp Press, a small Dublin-based firm, before the UK rights were sold to Canongate, allowing it to be entered for the competition.
Organisers of the award said the rules have been changed given the “special relationship” between the UK and Irish publishing markets – whereby most Irish publishers release books simultaneously in both jurisdictions.
Previously entries to the Man Booker had to be written in English and published by a UK publisher.
The organisers said the aim is to ensure independent Irish publishers are given the same opportunity to be recognised as Irish publishers who have headquarters in the UK.