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Sandy McP

I'm first.

Early adopter

I wanted to be first.


I'm confused about the age thing, which you really dont make clear. You say on the front that you can send young adult books in but this is an adult book prize, right? Or is for young people. What's the age limit. Since you are breaking all the rules about book prizes, can you break the rules about writers hving to be over 18 ?? Sorry to be a moaner, bu there's a lot of details missing in this website.

Tushar Halappa

My reading of the home page is that it is a book prize for adults but they may allow crossover books. Not sure if this is a good idea. Harry Potter was popular with some adults but it is definitely a children's book not an adult's book.

Jose D'Souza

Harry Potter is definitely a children's book. Just because adults read it doesn't make it a crossover book. I think a better example of a crossover book is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. That was written as a Y A book but it was shortlisted, I believe, for prizes for adults. Correct me if I am wrong.
Anyway, I welcome the new prize which is long overdue.


Great idea. Love the ban on professors. Please add more details about how to enter as soon as you can.


Grease is the word

Mista kul

While I understand the theory by not allowing "professors" to judge this prize, and by letting the readers, I fear that the general reader will opt for a popular, more accessible type of book than a literary one. This is why I believe the set distinction between the academic types judging literary works because there is more literary theory between the average pulp fiction reader, who more than likely not like it. A lot of readers did not major in literature, English, or Creative Writing, which are by the way, in some sense, esoteric, and not mainstream. This is why perhaps a literary writer will not take this prize seriously because he/she will be won out by someone who wrote "The Hunger Games" or "Harry Potter". If a "story is a story" then the beauty queen wins it.

Anette Pollner

"Writers without borders" - finally a prize that recognizes the reality of creative minds.
As a 'transnational' (not my term...), a person who lives outside the country of her birth but is still bound by the nationality of her original passport I am excited and impressed by this.
Finally, we can all meet on the same level, as of course we already increasingly do in the reader's mind, where nationality of origin is much less important than the book itself.

Jose D'Souza

@Anette Pollner: 100 per cent agree!


Hi guys, thanks for the comments.

@Moana: you are right that there are a lot of details missing. This site does not yet function as the rule book. We are still working on that. This is just a general overview.

@Mista: We agree with you that many people think high end literary works are very different from popular works, but we reject the notion that that has to be the case. A story can be brilliantly well written and thoroughly enjoyable as well. A good example is "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand."

@Anette: Yes, you've got it exactly.


To set up a prize that everybody on earth is eligible for is completely crazy.
I love it.


Prizes for the whole planet have been done before. There's a newspaper in UK which does one.


Mista, why should readers choose less intelligent books than professors? I am insulted by that.
People who read books are likely to be more intelligent and well-versed in what a good book can achieve than a dusty old professor who spends his time in lectures and tutorials talking about things that went out of date 100 years ago.

Eddie Pol

This seems to be one of the only prizes in the world that really "gets it" that the world has changed. There's only one nationality on this planet now, and that's "human".


I am in
I am not Asian, I do not live in Asia, I did not write a book.
Can I win?

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