But, as we at SiWC (home of four AWESOME and Influential Literary Contest Prizes) know how tough the whole judging thing can be. A few words from a past Booker judge as highlighted in the above posting from Hilary Mantel, a Booker Prize judge in 1990:
I’m glad I was a Booker judge relatively early in my career. It stopped me thinking that literary prizes are about literary value. Even the most correct jury goes in for horse-trading and gamesmanship, and what emerges is a compromise.