Launched in 1996, the Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

Key dates for this year:

The 2016 longlist will be announced on Tuesday 8th March

The 2016 shortlist will be announced on Monday 11th April

The 2016 winner of the Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction will be announced on Wednesday 8th June

Find out everything you need to know – from all the previous winners to the latest news and exclusive features and competitions for 2016.

The winner of the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced on 3rd June. Watch the ceremony here.

Did you miss the Best of the Best Live celebrations for our 20th anniversary? Watch the event  here.


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