Orange Prize for Fiction

The Orange Prize for Fiction celebrates women's writing. It is awarded annually for the best full-length novel by a female author published in the UK that year. It has become one of the most prestigious awards in the literary calendar and we have been involved since 2000.

Orange Prize 2012

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury) has won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

The winner was announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, London, last night. The Prize was awarded to American author Madeline Miller for her debut novel The Song of Achilles. You can read more about the ceremony and the winner.

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist 2012

  • Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Serpent's Tail)
  • The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
  • Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)
  • Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (Atlantic Books)
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury)

This year's shortlist honours both new and well-established authors, including a debut novelist and a previous Orange Prize winner; Ann Patchett, who won the Orange Prize for Fiction ten years ago for Bel Canto (2002).

"This is a shortlist of remarkable quality and variety," commented Joanna Trollope, chair of judges. "It includes six distinctive voices and subjects, four nationalities and an age range of close on half a century. It is a privilege to present it."

She continues, "My only regret is that the rules of the prize don't permit a longer shortlist. However, I am confident that the fourteen novels we had to leave out will make their own well-deserved way".

The award ceremony will take place in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, on 30 May 2012.

The longlist for the Orange Prize was announced on 8 March 2012.

The longlisted titles were:

• Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg (Quercus)
• On the Floor by Aifric Campbell (Serpent's Tail)
• The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen (The Clerkenwell Press)
• The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (Picador)
• Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Serpent's Tail)
• The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
• The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki (Headline Review)
• Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (Quercus)
• Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury)
• Gillespie and I by Jane Harris (Faber & Faber)
• The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
• The Blue Book by A.L. Kennedy (Jonathan Cape)
• The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker)
• The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)
• Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (Atlantic Books)
• State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury)
• There but for the by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
• The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard (Alma Books)
• Tides of War by Stella Tillyard (Chatto & Windus)
• The Submission by Amy Waldman (William Heinemann)

The judges for this year's Prize are:

• Joanna Trollope (Chair), Writer
• Lisa Appignanesi, Writer, Novelist and Broadcaster
• Victoria Derbyshire, Journalist and Broadcaster
• Natalie Haynes, Writer and Broadcaster
• Natasha Kaplinsky, Broadcaster

This year, Orange offered free materials to libraries to promote the longlisted and shortlisted titles. We still have a limited amount of material available to order from The Reading Agency shop.

Posters and stickers are available as separate items:

● A3 longlist poster packs of 5
● A3 shortlist poster packs of 5
● A4 shortlist sticker sheets (with 15 stickers)
● A4 winners sticker sheets (with 15 stickers)

Material will be dispatched to one address the week beginning 27 February 2012.

We also hope that you will have reading groups shadowing the Prize this year. We would love to hear from your reading groups about their views on this year's longlist and shortlist. We will be posting articles about the Prize on Reading Groups for Everyone, so you and your groups will be able to log in and leave comments. If you haven't yet registered on the site, take a look and start benefiting from a range of reading groups giveaways, news and tips for running groups.

Orange Prize 2011

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht has won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

The winner was announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on Wednesday 8 June. At 25, Obreht is the youngest-ever author to take the Prize. You can read more about the ceremony and the winner.

Orange Prize for Fiction 2011 shortlist

The Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced at the London Book Fair on Tuesday 12 April. The following titles were shortlisted:

  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan/Picador)
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)
  • Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Hodder & Stoughton/Sceptre)
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss (Penguin/Viking)
  • The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht (Orion/Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Random House/Jonathan Cape)

The longlisted titles can be viewed below.

You can also visit the Orange Prize website for more information, and why not join the Orange Prize Facebook group too? Here you will find all the latest news about this year's Prize.

Orange Prize for Fiction 2011 longlist

  • Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador) -
  • The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury)
  • Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber)
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)
  • The London Train by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape)
  • Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre)
  • The Seas by Samantha Hunt (Corsair)
  • The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber and Faber)
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss (Viking)
  • The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone (Chatto & Windus)
  • The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Viking)
  • Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile (Serpent's Tail)
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Chatto & Windus)
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Serpent's Tail)
  • The Swimmer by Roma Tearne (Harper Press)
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape)

You can order all titles from your library suppliers.

Running the Orange Prize

The Reading Agency sells POS material for you to use in your Orange Prize promotion. You can get involved at a basic level by running displays at either the shortlist or longlist stage or you can use it to broaden your work with local readers. Many libraries choose to promote the Prize from the longlist of 20 books as this gives them a wider range of titles. The choice is yours.

Orange Prize 2010

The winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 was The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber and Faber).

The winner of the Orange Award for New Writers was The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini (Sceptre).

The shortlisted titles for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 were:

  • The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison (Alma Books)
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber and Faber)
  • Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (Serpent's Tail)
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (Faber and Faber)
  • The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey (Simon and Schuster)

The shortlisted titles for this Orange Award for New Writers 2010 were:

  • The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale (HarperPress)
  • The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini (Sceptre)
  • After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Jonathan Cape)

Libraries can promote the Orange Prize for Fiction and Orange Award for New Writers shortlist from April until June 2010. The shortlisted titles can be ordered from your library supplier.

Orange Prize 2009

The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2009 winner was Home by Marilynne Robinson. The winner of the Orange Award for New Writers 2009 was An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay.

Orange Prize Readers' Day

In 2009 The Reading Agency organised the third Orange Readers' Day in Birmingham. Readers had the opportunity to spend time with writers and literary figures connected with the Prize, and all the writers' books were available for sale at the event at Birmingham's Conservatoire.

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Judith Shipman