Women's prize for fiction

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

Women’s Prize for Fiction ✍🏼 All-Time List 1996-2024 👩🏾👵🏼

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 👩🏾 Winning Book Title Nationality Shortlist: Name, Book title
1996 Helen Dunmore A Spell of Winter 🇬🇧 UK Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 1996:
  • Julia Blackburn, The Book of Colour
  • Pagan Kennedy, Spinsters
  • Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses
  • Anne Tyler, Ladder of Years
  • Marianne Wiggins, Eveless Eden.
1997 Anne Michaels Fugitive Pieces 🇨🇦 Canada Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 1997:
  • Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
  • Deirdre Madden, One by One in the Darkness
  • Jane Mendelsohn, I Was Amelia Earhart
  • Annie Proulx, Accordion Crimes
  • Manda Scott, Hen’s Teeth.
1998 Carol Shields Larry’s Party 🇺🇸 USA / Canada 🇨🇦 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 1998:
  • Kirsten Bakis, Lives of the Monster Dogs
  • Pauline Melville, The Ventriloquist’s Tale
  • Ann Patchett, The Magician’s Assistant
  • Deirdre Purcell, Love Like Hate Adore
  • Anita Shreve, The Weight of Water.
1999 Suzanne Berne A Crime in the Neighborhood 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 1999:
  • Julia Blackburn, The Leper’s Companions
  • Marilyn Bowering, Visible Worlds
  • Jane Hamilton, The Short History of a Prince
  • Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
  • Toni Morrison, Paradise.
2000 Linda Grant When I Lived in Modern Times 🇬🇧 UK Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2000:
  • Judy Budnitz, If I Told You Once
  • Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, The Dancers Dancing
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • Elizabeth Strout, Amy and Isabelle
  • Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
2001 Kate Grenville The Idea of Perfection 🇦🇺 Australia Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2001:
  • Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
  • Jill Dawson, Fred & Edie
  • Rosina Lippi, Homestead
  • Jane Smiley, Horse Heaven
  • Ali Smith, Hotel World.
2002 Ann Patchett Bel Canto 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2002:
  • Anna Burns, No Bones
  • Helen Dunmore, The Siege
  • Maggie Gee, The White Family
  • Chloe Hooper, A Child’s Book of True Crime
  • Sarah Waters, Fingersmith.
2003 Valerie Martin Property 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2003:
  • Anne Donovan, Buddha Da
  • Shena Mackay, Heligoland
  • Carol Shields, Unless
  • Zadie Smith, The Autograph Man
  • Donna Tartt, The Little Friend.
2004 Andrea Levy Small Island 🇬🇧 UK Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2004:
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
  • Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
  • Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire
  • Gillian Slovo, Ice Road
  • Rose Tremain, The Colour.
2005 Lionel Shriver We Need to Talk About Kevin 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2005:
  • Joolz Denby, Billie Morgan
  • Jane Gardam, Old Filth
  • Sheri Holman, The Mammoth Cheese
  • Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
  • Maile Meloy, Liars and Saints.
2006 Zadie Smith On Beauty 🇬🇧 UK Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2006:
  • Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
  • Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black
  • Ali Smith, The Accidental
  • Carrie Tiffany, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living
  • Sarah Waters, The Night Watch.
2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun 🇳🇬 Nigeria Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2007:
  • Rachel Cusk, Arlington Park
  • Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
  • Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
  • Jane Harris, The Observations
  • Anne Tyler, Digging to America.
2008 Rose Tremain The Road Home 🇬🇧 UK Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2008:
  • Nancy Huston, Fault Lines
  • Sadie Jones, The Outcast
  • Charlotte Mendelson, When We Were Bad
  • Heather O’Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals
  • Patricia Wood, Lottery.
2009 Marilynne Robinson Home 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2009:
  • Ellen Feldman, Scottsboro
  • Samantha Harvey, The Wilderness
  • Samantha Hunt, The Invention of Everything Else
  • Deirdre Madden, Molly Fox’s Birthday
  • Kamila Shamsie, Burnt Shadows.
2010 Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2010:
  • Rosie Alison, The Very Thought of You
  • Attica Locke, Black Water Rising
  • Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
  • Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs
  • Monique Roffey, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle.
2011 Téa Obreht The Tiger’s Wife 🇺🇸 USA / Serbia 🇷🇸 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2011:
  • Emma Donoghue, Room
  • Aminatta Forna, The Memory of Love
  • Emma Henderson, Grace Williams Says it Loud
  • Nicole Krauss, Great House
  • Kathleen Winter, Annabel.
2012 Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2012:
  • Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues
  • Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz
  • Georgina Harding, Painter of Silence
  • Cynthia Ozick, Foreign Bodies
  • Ann Patchett, State of Wonder.
2013 A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2013:
  • Maria Semple, Where’d You Go Bernadette
  • Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
  • Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behaviour
  • Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
  • Zadie Smith, NW.
2014 Eimear McBride A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing 🇬🇧 UK / Ireland 🇮🇪 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2014:
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
  • Hannah Kent, Burial Rites
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
  • Audrey Magee, The Undertaking
  • Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch.
2015 Ali Smith
How To Be Both 🇬🇧 UK / Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2015:
  • Laline Paull, The Bees
  • Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests
  • Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone
  • Rachel Cusk, Outline.
2016 Lisa McInerney The Glorious Heresies 🇮🇪 Ireland Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2016:
  • Cynthia Bond, Ruby
  • Anne Enright, The Green Road
  • Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen
  • Hannah Rothschild, The Improbability of Love
  • Hanya Yangihara, A Little Life.
2017 Naomi Alderman The Power 🇬🇧 UK Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2017:
  • Ayobami Adebayo, Stay With Me
  • Linda Grant, The Dark Circle
  • C. E. Morgan, The Sport of Kings
  • Gwendoline Riley, First Love
  • Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing.
2018 Kamila Shamsie Home Fire 🇵🇰 Pakistan / UK 🇬🇧 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2018:
  • Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
  • Elif Batuman, The Idiot
  • Jessie Greengrass, Sight
  • Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
  • Meena Kandasamy, When I hit you: or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife.
2019 Tayari Jones An American Marriage 🇺🇸 USA Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2019:
  • Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls
  • Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer
  • Anna Burns, Milkman
  • Diana Evans, Ordinary People
  • Madeline Miller, Circe.
2020 Maggie O’Farrell Hamnet 🇬🇧 UK / NI Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020:
  • Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other
  • Hilary Mantel, The Mirror and the Light
  • Angie Cruz, Dominicana
  • Natalie Haynes, A Thousand Ships
  • Jenny Offill, Weather.
2021 Susanna Clarke Piranesi 🇬🇧 UK 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2021:
  • Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
  • Claire Fuller, Unsettled Ground
  • Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom
  • Cherie Jones, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
  • Patricia Lockwood, No One Is Talking About This.
2022 Ruth Ozeki The Book of Form and Emptiness 🇺🇸 USA / Canada 🇨🇦 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2022:
  • Lisa Allen-Agostini, The Bread the Devil Knead
  • Louise Erdrich, The Sentence
  • Meg Mason, Sorrow and Bliss
  • Elif Shafak, The Island of Missing Trees
  • Maggie Shipstead, Great Circle
  • Morowa Yejidé, Creatures of Passage.
2023 Winner TBA 14 Jun 2023 Winners Prize for Fiction shortlist 2023:
  • Longlist announced: 7 Mar 2023
  • Shortlist announced: 26 Apr 2023
  • Winner announced: 14 Jun 2023

See also: Booker Prize For Fiction Winners… | Pulitzer Prize Winners List…

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