Australian-born novelist D. B. C. Pierre won the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Vernon God Little, published by Faber & Faber. He received £50,000 (approximately $80,000). Pierre was chosen from a shortlist including Monica Ali, Margaret Atwood, Damon Galgut, Zoë Heller, and Clare Morrall.
The judges were John Carey, A. C. Grayling, Rebecca Stephens, Francine Stock, and D. J. Taylor.
The annual prize is given for the best novel published in the current year and is open to writers from the British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland.