The Women's Prize for Fiction - the greatest international celebration of women's creativity - today announces the 2022 longlist. Now in it's 27th year, the Prize shines a spotlight on outstanding, ambitious original fiction written in English by women from anywhere in the world.
The 2022 longlist features both debut and acclaimed writers, with Louise Erdrich the most prolific with 23 published novels. The books cover a range of genres and themes including belonging and identity; community and connection; the power of nature; the burden of history and intergenerational trauma; protest and personal freedom; female friendship and solidarity; music; different types of family units; and the shades of darkness and light of the human spirit. The novels also offer globe-spanning locations, from Trinidad, Cyprus and a dystopian England, to Cape Cod, Buchenwald and Vietnam.
Chair of judges and author Mary Ann Sieghart, says:
Bq. 'Choosing just 16 novels from 175 submissions was a marathon task. After a lively and passionate discussion, my fellow judges were delighted to find that our 16 favourite novels were incredibly diverse, written by women of all ages from all over the world, covering different genres, and from publishers large and small. We are confident that this wonderful, eclectic and inspiring longlist will offer something to entrance every reader, both male and female.'
Mary Ann is joined on the judging panel by Lorraine Candy, award-winning journalist and editor; Dorothy Koomson, global bestselling novelist, journalist and podcaster; Anita Sethi, award-winning author and literary journalist; and Pandora Sykes, journalist, broadcaster and author.
The judges will narrow down this longlist of 16 books to a shortlist of six, which will be announced on Wednesday 27 April 2022. The 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction will be awarded on Wednesday 15 June 2022 at an awards ceremony in central London. 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. More information can be found on the Women's Prize for Fiction website here.
Your reading group can apply to shadow the shortlist of the Prize from the 8th March. Selected groups will receive copies of one shortlisted title and will be asked to discuss and review it. Find out more and apply now.
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