The Folio Academy

The character and qualities of the prize are shaped by The Folio Academy, an international group of people, primarily writers and critics, who are immersed in the world of books. The Academy plays a decisive role in selecting titles to be considered for the Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist, and each year the judges will be drawn from its number. Additionally, the mentors who lead each year’s Rathbones Folio Mentorships will come from the Academy.

The Academy is a community where conversations about the value and direction of fiction can take place. While the group will grow and evolve over years to come, it benefits from a stable form and a variety of individual voices. All of its members demonstrate a commitment to writing and to reading that is ambitious in its vision and scope.

Academy members are nominated by the administrators of The Literature Prize Foundation or by existing members. Members for whom there is a perceived conflict of interest in any given year will be recused from taking part in the nomination or judging process.

Academicians