Women's prize for fiction

All Women’s Prize for Fiction Winners ✍🏼👵🏼👩🏾

Women’s Prize for Fiction ✍🏼 All-Time List 1996-2021 👩🏾👵🏼

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded annually for the best full-length novel written in English by a woman of any nationality. The award was established to counter the lack of female representation in other literary prizes. Our list details all the women’s fiction prize winners along with their winning title and nationality.

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Year Winning Author 👩🏾 Title Nationality
1996 Helen Dunmore A Spell of Winter 🇬🇧 UK
1997 Anne Michaels Fugitive Pieces 🇨🇦 Canada
1998 Carol Shields Larry’s Party 🇺🇸 USA / Canada 🇨🇦
1999 Suzanne Berne A Crime in the Neighborhood 🇺🇸 USA
2000 Linda Grant When I Lived in Modern Times 🇬🇧 UK
2001 Kate Grenville The Idea of Perfection 🇦🇺 Australia
2002 Ann Patchett Bel Canto 🇺🇸 USA
2003 Valerie Martin Property 🇺🇸 USA
2004 Andrea Levy Small Island 🇬🇧 UK
2005 Lionel Shriver We Need to Talk About Kevin 🇺🇸 USA
2006 Zadie Smith On Beauty 🇬🇧 UK
2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun 🇳🇬 Nigeria
2008 Rose Tremain The Road Home 🇬🇧 UK
2009 Marilynne Robinson Home 🇺🇸 USA
2010 Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna 🇺🇸 USA
2011 Téa Obreht The Tiger’s Wife USA / Serbia
2012 Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles 🇺🇸 USA
2013 A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven 🇺🇸 USA
2014 Eimear McBride A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing 🇬🇧 UK / Ireland 🇮🇪
2015 Ali Smith
How To Be Both 🇬🇧 UK / Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
2016 Lisa McInerney The Glorious Heresies 🇮🇪 Ireland
2017 Naomi Alderman The Power 🇬🇧 UK
2018 Kamila Shamsie Home Fire 🇵🇰 Pakistan / UK 🇬🇧
2019 Tayari Jones An American Marriage 🇺🇸 USA
2020 Maggie O’Farrell Hamnet 🇬🇧 UK / NI
2021 Winner announced 16 June 2021 Longlist announced 10 March 2021

The Women’s prize for fiction was sponsored by Orange between 1996 and 2012, Baileys between 2014 and 2017, and currently has a family of sponsors. There’s a cash prize along with a Bessie – a bronze figure of a standing woman created by Grizel Niven.  Longlist and shortlist of novelists for the current year…

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