- The Women’s Prize Trust is a registered charity championing women writers on a global stage.
- Since 1996, the trust has showcased the very best writing by women through the Women’s Prize for Fiction literary awards.
- This year’s long list for the award features fiction from a range of genres, locations and writers.
This year’s sixteen longlisted books cover both new and well-established writers and a range of genres. The longlist also honours both new and well-established writers and a range of genres and themes: family, motherhood, poverty and isolation, addiction, identity, race, class, grief, happiness, coming-of-age and later life. With regards to place, the novels span a range of global settings, from South London to Deep South; Ghana, Hong Kong, Barbados, Brooklyn and a fantasy realm.
Chair of judges and novelist Bernardine Evaristo, says:
Bernardine is joined on the judging panel by podcaster, author and journalist, Elizabeth Day; TV and radio presenter, journalist and writer, Vick Hope; print columnist and writer, Nesrine Malik; and news presenter and broadcaster, Sarah-Jane Mee.
Listed in alphabetical order, the sixteen longlisted books are as follows:
- Because of You by Dawn French
- Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
- Consent by Annabel Lyon
- Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
- Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
- How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
- Luster by Raven Leilani
- No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
- Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
- Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
- Summer by Ali Smith
- The Golden Rule by Amanda Craig
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
- Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
The judging panel will now whittle these 16 books down to a shortlist of just 6 novels, announced on April 28th. The 25th winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on Wednesday 7th July.