Booker Prize Blames Technical Glitch After Releasing ‘Winner’ With Shortlist

The Booker prize announced the shortlist for the year 2020 on Tuesday, but people soon noticed that the official website already seemed to have listed a ‘winner’. Twitter user Adam Clay-Croome tweeted to the official handle of the Booker prize and pointed out that the website already listed author Brandon Taylor as the winner for his novel Real Life.

Tagging both Booker prize and Taylor Croome wrote, “Are @TheBookerPrizes aware that their website currently announces the winner of this year’s prize, on the day the shortlist was announced!? Double congratulations to @blgtylr!!” You can check out the tweet here:

Responding to Croome’s tweet, Taylor suggested that the announcement must be a mistake. The organizers soon clarified that the “announcement” was the result of a technical glitch and that the jury has not yet picked a winner.

This year, The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga, The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Real Life by Brandon Taylor, and Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi made it to the shortlist. The winner will be announced on November 17.

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