There are many prizes to encourage the authors of fictional genre so that they could bring out the best of their creativity and imaginative mind. The prestigious award makes sure that the book does well in terms of business and promises the author world renowned fame and success. The prize money is given to make sure that the author gets encouraged and wrote more. Among all the prestigious awards for the fictional pieces, the famous is Booker Prize or the Man-Booker prize.
As a core part of “The Times’ Literature Festival” in Cheltenham, a Booker event is held on the last Saturday of the festival. Four guest speakers as well as some judges debate and agreed on a shortlist of four books from a given year from before the introduction of the Booker prize, and a winner is chosen. Unlike the real Man Booker, writers from outside the Commonwealth are also considered. In 2008, the winner for 1948 was Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country, beating Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter and Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One.
Cheltenham Booker prize marked a new beginning to encourage the authors to make the best use of their creative self. However there are many similar awards to encourage writers to bring out their best. Writing fiction is entirely upon writer’s imagination. That is why a little push is needed for the authors in form of awards and prizes.