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.


  • Shortlist announcement
  • The Folio Prize Fiction Festival at the British Library
  • Award Ceremony


  • “Our only agenda was excellence” – William Fiennes on The Folio Prize 2015


    “Our Folio Prize shortlist is the result of months of reading and hours of passionate conversation. First the almost physiological challenge of getting through the 80 nominated titles, when we became machines for reading, combine harvesters gorging on sentences. A strange, trippy sensation – from one day to the next we might be reading books More

  • Family Life by Akhil Sharma wins the Folio Prize 2015


    Akhil Sharma is announced as the winner of The Folio Prize 2015 for Family Life published by Faber. The Folio Prize is sponsored by The Folio Society, the celebrated publisher of beautiful editions of the world’s greatest books. The Folio Prize 2015, worth £40,000, aims to recognise and celebrate the best English-language fiction from around More

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The Folio Prize Fiction Festival at the British Library. Click here for tickets.