‘The Not the Booker’ – the most democratic literary prize – needs you

Guardian mugThe longlist for the Man  Booker prize  will be announced on Wednesday 23rd July. Who will make the cut? Well you can’t influence the judges for that prize but you can vote for your favourite book in the The Not The Booker prize which is in its sixth year and even be on the judging panel. Not only that, you can help discover some exciting new books and new talented authors along the way.

First nominate your favourite book  by 27th July Choose from all those theoretically eligible for this year’s Man Booker prize longlist- any “full-length novel, written originally in English and published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK” between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014.

Then there’ll be a shortlist vote, where you decide on two books to go forward. They must be written by two different people and published by two separate publishing companies. 

Once the shortlist is in place, each book is read in turn, at the rate of roughly one a week, and  reviews are posted inviting further discussion, argument etc etc

The final vote is made in combination with a readers’ panel. They’re chosen from those who contribute most to the shortlist read-through. This could be you, Sam Jordison wields the casting vote.

The winner will be announced on 13th October in the Guardian and the prize is a Guardian mug.

Find out  all the other important details of the prize, rules and regulations.