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The Booker Prize Book Club Challenge - shadow the prize in 2022!

The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world, and has brought global recognition and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK.

We have the exciting opportunity for six book clubs to help rate and review the Booker Prize 2022 shortlist, and to have the chance to attend this year’s Booker Prize winner ceremony in London, as well as a host of other prizes.

We are inviting book clubs from all backgrounds and from all over the UK to apply to join our challenge.

Once all applications are received, the judges of the Booker Prize 2022, chaired by Neil MacGregor, will help select our six groups. They are looking for the most interesting, passionate and wide-ranging set of readers possible, as well as those who will shout the loudest about this year’s Booker Prize shortlist on social media to help encourage even more people to pick up those books.

After we have chosen our six book clubs, two representatives of each club will be invited to attend the Booker Prize 2022 official shortlist announcement party at the Serpentine Pavilion, London, on September 6, where they will receive a set of copies of one of the shortlisted titles. The Booker Prize Foundation will cover the reasonable travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses involved in attendance by the representatives of the successful clubs. You can find more information for this in the terms and conditions below.

They will then be asked to read, discuss and review their assigned book in detail over the following month, sharing their views with the Booker Prize’s and The Reading Agency’s community of readers via social media and on the Booker Prize and the Reading Groups for Everyone website. The Booker Prize’s editorial team may wish to interview members of each of our chosen book clubs about the experience of taking part in our challenge. They may also wish to photograph or film members of each club.

Find out more and pitch to take part by 12 August here.


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