BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ANNOUNCES 2016 JUDGING PANEL

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 Awards Ceremony: 8th June 2016

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

Now in its 21st year*, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.

The judges for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction have been confirmed as:

Margaret Mountford, (Chairman), Lawyer and Businesswoman

Naga Munchetty, Broadcast Journalist

Laurie Penny, Writer and Journalist

Elif Shafak, Author

Tracey Thorn, Writer and Singer

“There are so many great female writers,” commented Margaret Mountford, “that chairing this year’s panel for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is going to be a real challenge. I’m really looking forward to reading and comparing views on the books with my fellow judges.”

Established in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 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.

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

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 will be awarded on June 8th 2016.

Previous winners include Ali Smith for How to be Both (2015), Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2014), A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013),  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).

For the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016, novels must be published in the UK between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016.  The prize is administered by Booktrust, the UK charity for books and reading.

www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk

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