WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ANNOUNCES 2013 LONGLIST

March 13th, 2013

WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ANNOUNCES 2013 LONGLIST

Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announcement: 16 April

Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist readings: 04June

Awards ceremony: 05 June

London, 13th March 2013: The Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2013 longlist. Now in its eighteenth year – and known from 1996 to 2012 as the Orange Prize for Fiction – the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world.

      

Author

Title

Publisher

Nationality

Kitty Aldridge

A Trick I Learned From Dead Men

Jonathan Cape

British

3rd Novel

Kate Atkinson

Life After Life

Doubleday

British

3rd Novel

Ros Barber

The Marlowe Papers

Sceptre

British

1st Novel

Shani Boianjiu

The People of Forever are Not Afraid

Hogarth

Israeli

1st Novel

Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

American

3rd Novel

Sheila Heti

How Should A Person Be?

Harvill Secker

Canadian

2nd Novel

A.M Homes

May We Be Forgiven

Granta

American

6th  Novel

Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

Faber & Faber

American

8th Novel

Deborah Copaken Kogan

The Red Book

Virago

American

2nd Novel

Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies

Fourth Estate

British

10th Novel

Bonnie Nadzam

Lamb

Hutchinson

American

1st Novel

Emily Perkins

The Forrests

Bloomsbury Circus

New Zealand

4th Novel

Michèle Roberts

Ignorance

Bloomsbury

British

13th Novel

Francesca Segal

The Innocents

Chatto & Windus

British

1st Novel

Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

American

2nd Novel

Elif Shafak

Honour

Viking

Turkish

7th Novel

Zadie Smith

NW

Hamish Hamilton

British

4th Novel

M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

Doubleday

British/Australian

1st Novel

Carrie Tiffany

Mateship with Birds

Picador

Australian

2nd  Novel

G. Willow Wilson

Alif the Unseen

Corvus Books

American

1st Novel

 

The judges for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction are:

Miranda Richardson, (Chair), Actor

Razia Iqbal, BBC Broadcaster and Journalist

Rachel Johnson, Author, Editor and Journalist

JoJo Moyes, Author

Natasha Walter, Feminist Writer and Human Rights Activist

“The task of reducing the list of submissions from over 140 to just 20 books was always going to be daunting,” commented Miranda Richardson, Chair of Judges, “but this year’s infinite variety has made the task even trickier.”

She continues, “The list we have ended up with is, we believe, truly representative of that diversity of style, content and provenance, and contains those works which genuinely inspired the most excitement and passion amongst the judges.  I don’t anticipate the job becoming easier at the next stage!”

Set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.  Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible.

This year’s longlist honours both new and well-established writers, featuring six first novels alongside two previous Orange Prize winners, Barbara Kingsolver, who is longlisted for her eighth novel, and Zadie Smith longlisted for her fourth novel. Five authors appearing on this year’s list have previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and a further four authors have been previously shortlisted.

The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in The Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 05 June 2013.

An announcement confirming the new headline sponsor of the Prize will be made in advance of the awards ceremony in June.

Known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012, previous winners include Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012),  Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife (2011), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006),  Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).