The Creation of the Booker Prize

6 May 1968

An idea is born

Tom Maschler approaches Bookers Books to ask for financial support in a new prize for novels

15 May 1968

Booker agrees

Booker responds that they would be delighted to finance the prize, but only if they agree with the details of how the prize will be held.

28 June 1968

Drawing up the rules

The fist meeting is held between Bookers and the Publishers Association to draft the rules of the prize

Unknown, 1968

Why a literary prize?

The arguments for a literary prize include the prestige of a grand award and pride in British novelists

1 October 1968

Making it official

As they approach the press conference announcing the prize, Bookers and the Publishers Association iron out the final details and draw up a formal agreement