One of the questions that came up following the launch announcement is where books would have to be published in order to be eligible. We hadn’t mentioned it because we thought it was obvious that it should not matter. However, some people were worried that we’d only look at works published in the US, or in English-speaking countries. We have updated the award rules to make it clear that this is not so.
Works will be eligible for the awards no matter where in the world they are published. However, we do need to know about a work in order to consider it. We’ll be relying on you, the book-reading public, to let us know about potential candidates. The award rules do allow for a jury to consider a book up to two years after its normal eligibility period if, for some reason, the juries for those previous years did not know about the work, or were unable to obtain copies.