The Academy

The character and qualities of the prize are shaped by The Folio Prize Academy, an international group of people, primarily writers and critics, who are immersed in the world of books. The Academy will play a decisive role in selecting titles to be considered for the shortlist, and each year the judges will be drawn from its number.

The Academy is a community where conversations about the value and direction of fiction can take place. While the group will grow and evolve over years to come, it benefits from a stable form and a variety of individual voices. All of its members demonstrate a commitment to writing and to reading that is ambitious in its vision and scope.

Academy members are nominated by the administrators of The Folio Prize or by existing members. Members for whom there is a perceived conflict of interest in any given year will be recused from taking part in the nomination or judging process.

Executive Director

Academy Members

Indicates our 5 judges for this year

Indicates members recused from the 2015 Folio Prize

  • Tim Adams

    Tim Adams

  • Naomi Alderman

    Naomi Alderman

  • Lisa Allardice

    Lisa Allardice

  • Photography Marzena Pogorzaly

    Tahmima Anam

  • Lisa Appignanesi

    Lisa Appignanesi

  • Chloe Aridjis

    Chloe Aridjis

  • Claire Armistead

    Claire Armitstead

  • Photography Richard Lea-Hair

    Nadeem Aslam

  • Photography © 2013 Jean Malek

    Margaret Atwood

  • Photography ©2013 Stacy Liu

    Tash Aw

  • Trezza Azzopardi

    Trezza Azzopardi

  • Photography © 2013 Anthony Browell

    Murray Bail

  • Photograhy © 2013 Douglas Banville

    John Banville

  • Photography © 2013 Ellen Warner

    Pat Barker

  • Susan Barker

    Susan Barker

  • Kevin Barry

    Kevin Barry

  • Sebastian Barry

    Sebastian Barry

  • Eileen Battersby

    Eileen Battersby

  • Elif Batuman

    Elif Batuman

  • David Bezmozgis

    David Bezmozgis

  • Rahul Bhattacharya

    Rahul Bhattacharya

  • Carol Birch

    Carol Birch

  • Photography © 2013 Marion Ettlinger

    Robin Black

  • James Bradley

    James Bradley

  • NoViolet Bulawayo

    NoViolet Bulawayo

  • Photography © 2013 Michael Trevillion

    A.S. Byatt

  • Sam Byers

    Sam Byers

  • Lucy Caldwell

    Lucy Caldwell

  • Carmen Callil

    Carmen Callil

  • Photography © 2013 Florent Morellet

    Peter Cameron

  • Photography © 2013 Ashley Gilbertson

    Peter Carey

  • Justin Cartwright

    Justin Cartwright

  • Eleanor Catton

    Eleanor Catton

  • Photography © 2013 Jennifer Chaney

    Michael Chabon

  • Tracy Chevalier

    Tracy Chevalier

  • Sarah Churchwell

    Sarah Churchwell

  • Kate Clanchy

    Kate Clanchy

  • Alex Clark

    Alex Clark

  • photography © 2013 Bert Nienhaus

    J.M. Coetzee

  • Teju Cole

    Teju Cole

  • Jon Cook

    Jon Cook

  • Rachel Cooke

    Rachel Cooke

  • Photography & copy;2009 Andrew Bainbridge

    Jim Crace

  • Michael Cunningham

    Michael Cunningham

  • Photography © 2013 Adrian Clarke

    Rachel Cusk

  • Photography © 2013 Jonathan Demme

    Edwidge Danticat

  • Deborah Kay Davies

    Deborah Kay Davies

  • Elizabeth Day

    Elizabeth Day

  • Michelle de Kretser

    Michelle de Kretser

  • Photography © 2013 Chris Close

    Sergio De La Pava

  • Jonathan Derbyshire

    Jonathan Derbyshire

  • Photography © 2013 Nina Subin

    Junot Díaz

  • Edward Docx

    Edward Docx

  • Emma Donoghue

    Emma Donoghue

  • Maura Dooley

    Maura Dooley

  • Louise Doughty

    Louise Doughty

  • Photography ©2013 Michael Woods

    Carol Ann Duffy

  • Photography © 2013 Charlie Hopkinson

    Sarah Dunant

  • Helen Dunmore

    Helen Dunmore

  • Photography © 2013 Angus Muir

    Joe Dunthorne

  • Photography © 2013 Matt Stuart

    Geoff Dyer

  • William Eaves

    Will Eaves

  • Esi Edugyan

    Esi Edugyan

  • Bret Easton Ellis

    Bret Easton Ellis

  • Photography & copy;2013 Juliana Sohn

    Nathan Englander

  • Bernardine Evaristo

    Bernardine Evaristo

  • Stuart Evers

    Stuart Evers

  • Photography © 2014 Kate Eshelby

    Roopa Farooki

  • Sebastian Faulks

    Sebastian Faulks

  • Suzi Feay

    Suzi Feay

  • William Fiennes

    William Fiennes

  • Photography Jonathan Ring

    Aminatta Forna

  • Adam Foulds

    Adam Foulds

  • Richard Francis

    Richard Francis

  • Maureen Freely

    Maureen Freely

  • John Freeman

    John Freeman

  • Photography © 2012 Ashley Gilbertson

    Nell Freudenberger

  • Photography © 2013 Marco Del Grande

    Anna Funder

  • Photography © Anita Licis Ribak

    Amity Gaige

  • Photogrpahy ©2013 Kimberly Butler

    Neil Gaiman

  • Rivka Galchen

    Rivka Galchen

  • Photography © 2013 Claire McNamee

    Patrick Gale

  • Photography ©2013 Nigel Maister

    Damon Galgut

  • Petina Gappah

    Petina Gappah

  • Photgraphy © 2013 Suzy Goldish

    Keith Gessen

  • Amitav Ghosh

    Amitav Ghosh

  • Namita Gokhale

    Namita Gokhale

  • Helen Gordon

    Helen Gordon

  • Alasdair Gray

    Alasdair Gray

  • Photography Julian Abrams

    Lavinia Greenlaw

  • Katy Guest

    Katy Guest

  • Photography © 2014 Locarno Guo

    Xiaolu Guo

  • Photography ©2013 Christian von Ditfurth

    Helon Habila

  • Mark Haddon

    Mark Haddon

  • Tessa Hadley

    Tessa Hadley

  • Photography ©2013 Milosz Rowicki

    Rawi Hage

  • Matt Haig

    Matt Haig

  • Photography Richard Thwaites

    Sarah Hall

  • Photgraphy © 2013 Ed Kashi

    Mohsin Hamid

  • Photography Nimra Bucha

    Mohammed Hanif

  • Photography © 2013 Lauren Goldenberg

    Paul Harding

  • Photography & copy;2006 James Lipman

    Jane Harris

  • Samantha Harvey

    Samantha Harvey

  • Justin Haythe

    Justin Haythe

  • Photography ©2013 Jacques Brouchier

    Zoe Heller

  • Aleksandar Hemon

    Aleksandar Hemon

  • Photography © 2013 Eamonn McCabe

    Philip Hensher

  • Kathryn Heyman

    Kathryn Heyman

  • Peter Hobbs

    Peter Hobbs

  • Andrew Holgate

    Andrew Holgate

  • Photography Juergen Frank

    A.M. Homes

  • Photography © 2013 Monty Coles

    Chloe Hooper

  • Kathryn Hughes

    Kathryn Hughes

  • MJ Hyland

    M.J. Hyland

  • Lars Iyer

    Lars Iyer

  • Photography ©2013 Linda Nylind

    Maya Jaggi

  • Justine Jordan

    Justine Jordan

  • Photography © 2013 Mary McCartney

    Jackie Kay

  • Stuart Kelly

    Stuart Kelly

  • Peter Kemp

    Peter Kemp

  • Photogrpahy © 2013 Kevin Low

    A.L. Kennedy

  • Photography & copy;2014 Charlie Hopkinson

    Christobel Kent

  • Photography © 2014 Nicholas Purcell

    Hannah Kent

  • Matthew Kneale

    Matthew Kneale

  • India Knight

    India Knight

  • Photography © 2013 Patric Shaw

    Nicole Krauss

  • Hari Kunzru

    Hari Kunzru

  • Rachel Kushner

    Rachel Kushner

  • Nick Laird

    Nick Laird

  • Photographer: Nishant Lalwani

    Nikita Lalwani

  • photography © 2013 Nina Subin

    James Lasdun

  • Mark Lawson

    Mark Lawson

  • Nam Le

    Nam Le

  • Chang-Rae Lee

    Chang-rae Lee

  • Sam Leith

    Sam Leith

  • Photography © 2013 Matt Lerner

    Ben Lerner

  • Frances Leviston

    Francis Leviston

  • Photography © 2014 Sheila Burnett

    Deborah Levy

  • Nell Leyshon

    Nell Leyshon

  • Photography © 2014 MacArthur Foundation

    Yiyun Li

  • Tao LIn

    Tao Lin

  • Penelope Lively

    Penelope Lively

  • Photography Jenny Walters

    Attica Locke

  • Photography © Brian David Stevens

    Robert Macfarlane

  • Deirdre Madden

    Deirdre Madden

  • Benjamin Markovits, photography & copy; 2013 Charles Glover

    Benjamin Markovits

  • Photography ©2013 Diana Matar

    Hisham Matar

  • Glyn Maxwell

    Glyn Maxwell

  • Eimear McBride

    Eimear McBride

  • Robert McCrum

    Robert McCrum

  • Photography © 2014 Mimsy Moller

    Val McDermid

  • Photography © 2013 Annalena McAfee

    Ian McEwan

  • Molly McGrann

    Molly McGrann

  • Photography © 2013 Dan Sinclair

    Jon McGregor

  • Belinda McKeon

    Belinda McKeon

  • Tessa McWatt

    Tessa McWatt

  • James Meek

    James Meek

  • Daniel Mendelsohn

    Daniel Mendelsohn

  • Stephanie Merritt

    Stephanie Merritt

  • Photogrpahy © 2013 Lisa Cohen

    Claire Messud

  • Philipp Meyer

    Philipp Meyer

  • Photography © 2013 Katie Cook

    China Miéville

  • Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller

  • Photography © 2013 Nina Subin

    Pankaj Mishra

  • Photography © 2013 Paul Stuart

    David Mitchell

  • Clare Morgan

    Clare Morgan

  • Photography Getty Images

    Blake Morrison

  • Photography © 2013 Daniel Hart

    Neel Mukherjee

  • Julie Myerson

    Julie Myerson

  • Photography © 2013 Jonathan Ring

    Lawrence Norfolk

  • Photography ©2013 Ben Gold

    Maggie O’Farrell

  • Catherine O'Flynn

    Catherine O’Flynn

  • Andrew O'Hagan

    Andrew O’Hagan

  • Photography © 2013 Jeff Nolte

    Michael Ondaatje

  • Photography © 2013 Saneesh Sukumaran

    Helen Oyeyemi

  • Don Paterson

    Don Paterson

  • Photography © 2013 Sara Orme

    Emily Perkins

  • Photograph © 2013 David Cook

    Elliot Perlman

  • Caryl Phillips

    Caryl Phillips

  • Photography © 2014 Elena Siebert

    Jayne Anne Phillips

  • Justine Picardie

    Justine Picardie

  • Paul Pickering

    Paul Pickering

  • Jacob Polley

    Jacob Polley

  • Richard Powers

    Richard Powers

  • John Preston

    John Preston

  • Michael Prodger

    Michael Prodger

  • Photography © 2013 KT Bruce

    Philip Pullman

  • Photography © 2013 Jane Bown

    Anthony Quinn

  • Photography  Angus Muir

    Ross Raisin

  • Photography ©2013 Rankin

    Ian Rankin

  • Photography ©2013 Charlie Hopkinson

    Michèle Roberts

  • Photography © 2013 Sylvie Moskowitz

    Salman Rushdie

  • Donal Ryan

    Donal Ryan

  • Sathnam Sanghera

    Sathnam Sanghera

  • Photography © 2014 Basso Cannarsa

    George Saunders

  • James Scudmore

    James Scudamore

  • Ruth Scurr

    Ruth Scurr

  • Photography © 2013 Becky Sapp

    Alice Sebold

  • Maria Semple

    Maria Semple

  • David Sexton

    David Sexton

  • Photography © Zeynel Abidin

    Elif Shafak

  • Kamila Shamsie

    Kamila Shamsie

  • Owen Sheers

    Owen Sheers

  • Lionel Shriver

    Lionel Shriver

  • Curtis Sittenfeld

    Curtis Sittenfeld

  • Johanna Skibsrud

    Johanna Skibsrud

  • Photography ©2013 Charlie Hopkinson

    Gillian Slovo

  • Photography © 2013 Sarah Wood

    Ali Smith

  • Photography © 2013 C Nabokov

    Zadie Smith

  • Francis Spufford

    Francis Spufford

  • Peter Stanford

    Peter Stanford

  • Lorin Stein

    Lorin Stein

  • Francine Stock

    Francine Stock

  • Henry Sutton

    Henry Sutton

  • Photography © 2013 Marcos Townsend

    Miguel Syjuco

  • Michael Symmons Roberts

    Michael Symmons Roberts

  • Photography_©2013_Gerald Bernbaum

    Christopher Tayler

  • Photography © 2013 Katie Vandyck

    D.J. Taylor

  • Photography ©2013 Eamonn McCabe

    Adam Thirlwell

  • Rupert Thomson

    Rupert Thomson

  • Matt Thorne

    Matt Thorne

  • Adam Thorpe

    Adam Thorpe

  • Carrie Tiffany

    Carrie Tiffany

  • Photography © 2013 Steve Pyke

    Colm Tóibín

  • Boyd Tonkin

    Boyd Tonkin

  • Deborah Treisman

    Deborah Treisman

  • Photograhy ©2013 Jeremy Lawson

    Scott Turow

  • Photography Diane Walker

    Anne Tyler

  • Photography © 2013 Diana Matar

    David Vann

  • Salley Vickers

    Salley Vickers

  • Ivan Vladislavic

    Ivan Vladislavic

  • Erica Wagner

    Erica Wagner

  • Jess Walter

    Jess Walter

  • James Walton

    James Walton

  • Photography & copy; 2014 Gemma Day

    Alan Warner

  • Photography Jonathan Ring

    Frances Wilson

  • Jeanette Winterson

    Jeanette Winterson

  • Gaby Wood

    Gaby Wood

  • Photograph © 2013 Charlie Hopkinson

    Gerard Woodward

  • Evie Wyld

    Evie Wyld