The longlisting convention is one shared with the Man Booker Prize, and the NBF's Vice President Morgan Entrekin acknowledged the similarity, saying that "we've basically just borrowed some of their ideas."
"The Bookers do a fantastic job at getting a conversation going about good books. With the long list, for instance, you get this conversation bubbling up about what made it and then about what doesn't get on the short list."
The NBA's usual patter has been to reveal a five-title shortlist in each of four categories -- fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people's literature -- a good month before winners are announced in November.
But this year, the main event will be preceded by longlists on September 12 and a whittled-down shortlist on October 15 prior to the unveiling of the four winners on November 20.
By comparison, the Man Booker Prize announces its own longlist on July 23, shortlist on September 10, and winner on what is now the same day as the NBA's shortlist, October 15.