George Saunders' Tenth of December was named the first winner of the UK's new Folio Prize. The Folio chair of judges called Saunders' stories "Darkly playful, they take us to the edge of some of the most difficult questions of our time and force us to consider what lies behind and beyond them."
An award created in reaction to frustration with the Man Booker Prize, the Folio is open to all works of fiction written in English and published in the UK. Unlike the Booker, the winner need not be a writer from the UK (a rule the Booker is changing in 2014 to allow American writers to enter).
The Folio Prize judges are writers and critics drawn from The Folio Prize Academy. The Folio longlist of 80 is whittled to a shortlist of eight by the judges, with the single prize winner being awarded £40,000.