About the Women's Prize for Fiction
Founded in 1996, the Women's Prize for Fiction is one of the most celebrated literary awards on the globe. It celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.
If you're looking for inspiration of new books to read, check out the list below.
2021 Longlisted titles
- Because of You by Dawn French ( Penguin)
- Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Penguin) - also featured in our Behind the Cover Club.
- Consent by Annabel Lyon ( Atlantic Books)
- Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters ( Profile Books)
- Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan ( Orion Publishing)
- How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones ( Headline)
- Luster by Raven Leilani ( Pan Macmillan)
- No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood ( Bloomsbury)
- Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon ( Penguin)
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke ( Bloomsbury)
- Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers ( Orion Publishing)
- Summer by Ali Smith ( Penguin)
- The Golden Rule by Amanda Craig ( Little Brown)
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett ( Little Brown)
- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi ( Penguin)
- Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller ( Penguin)
The judging panel will now whittle these 16 books down to a shortlist of just six novels, announced on April 28th.
The 25th winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction will be announced on Wednesday 7th July.
Watch the announcement:
Hear from bestselling author and Women's Prize Chair of Judges Bernadine Evaristo on how the she and fellow judges have connected on Zoom to read and discuss the nominations.