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:
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!! pic.twitter.com/3pTvGHKz8L
— Adam Clay-Croome (@ClayCroome) September 15, 2020
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.
On posting the 2020 Booker Prize shortlist on the Booker Prize website, due to a technical error the author Brandon Taylor was listed as the winner. The judges have not yet met to decide the 2020 winner so this information is incorrect and has now been rectified.
— The Booker Prizes (@TheBookerPrizes) September 15, 2020
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.