The Prize

The Folio Prize is the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. Its aim is simple: to celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of form or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible.

Through The Folio Prize Academy, an international group of people who write, review and delight in books, it will discover and promote excellence in writing, encouraging people to put great literature at the centre of their lives.


  • Judges announced
  • Academy nominations
  • Deadline for publishers’ letters of support
  • Shortlist announced
  • The Folio Fiction Festival and Prize ceremony


  • The Folio Prize 2015 Judges Announcement


    The Folio Prize, sponsored by The Folio Society, has today announced the panel of judges for the second year of the prize, which will be awarded in March 2015. William Fiennes has been drawn as Chair of a jury made up of fellow international writers Rachel Cooke, Mohsin Hamid, A. M. Homes and Deborah Levy, More

  • George Saunders wins The Folio Prize


    “The best short story writer in English – not ‘one of’, not ‘arguably’, but the Best.”  Time George Saunders is tonight announced as the winner of The Folio Prize 2014 for Tenth of December, published by Bloomsbury. MacArthur Fellowship winner George Saunders is an award-winning writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books. Selected from a ‘hugely impressive More

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