The Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 Shortlist is Announced

The Women’s Prize for Fiction – the greatest celebration of women’s creativity – today announces its 2022 Shortlist. Now in its 27th year, the Prize honours outstanding, ambitious, original fiction written in English by women from anywhere in the world. This year’s shortlist incorporates a range of themes including belonging and identity; the power of nature; the burden of history; personal freedom; sisterhood; mental illness; ghosts; gender violence; and the opportunity for renewal. The novels also offer globe-spanning settings, from Antarctica to Montana, Cyprus to Trinidad.

This year's shortlisted titles are:

The Bread The Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

This year’s shortlist has been selected by the Chair of Judges Mary Ann Sieghart and her judging panel: 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. 

Chair of Judges and bestselling writer Mary Ann Sieghart says: “We were blessed with an extraordinarily high quality of submissions this year, which made whittling down the longlist from 16 to six particularly difficult. But the shortlist contains a wonderfully diverse range of stories, subjects, settings and authors, from the experience of a Native American woman in a haunted bookshop to an early female aviator in the Antarctic. One novel is narrated by a tree; another by a book. Some are laugh-out-loud funny, others tearful, and sometimes the two are combined in the same book. We judges have loved reading them all and we commend them to you as the best fiction written by women and published in the past year. Our only problem now will be to identify the winner out of these six brilliant novels.” 

The winner of the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be awarded on Wednesday 15 June 2022 at an evening awards ceremony in central London. She 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 here: www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk 

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The Women’s Prize will be hosting a Virtual Shortlist Festival on Monday 23, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 June, 7pm, featuring Live Q&As with the shortlisted authors. These events will be hosted by Kate Mosse, Founder Director of the Prize, and will present readings from well-known actors. Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite

We are running a competition to win this year's shortlist, which you can enter here. What a stunning book tower! Good luck.

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Ana N - 22nd May 2022

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Sophie T - 18th May 2022

Having clicked through and browsed the individual book's pages, I would be hard-pushed to pick just one title, so I've added all 6 to my 'want to read' list! Wish me luck :-) and thank you for offering such a tasty prize.

Angela N - 17th May 2022

I haven't read any of these books yet and I'd love to read them all! If I had to choose just one it would be The Sentence.

Ama O - 15th May 2022

I really want to the read the books I can't wait.

Claire H - 15th May 2022

Sorrow and Bliss has gone straight onto my watch list!

Hayley A - 15th May 2022

They all look great reads . I would like to read The Island of Missing Trees first.

Lucy D - 15th May 2022

They all sound great! Looking forward to reading them, especially Great Circle

Linda D - 14th May 2022

I would most like to read Great Circle

Andrew I - 12th May 2022

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Andrea H - 11th May 2022

Great Circle - sounds just perfect for me in my current reading cycle!

Catherine O - 8th May 2022

I loved '10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World' by Elif Shafak and I'm really looking forward to 'The Island of Missing Trees'!

Adrian B - 5th May 2022

I'd like to read The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Alison J - 3rd May 2022

Such a varied list! I'd loce to read The Island of Missing Trees.

Claire F - 1st May 2022

very varied list, would love to read these books

Priscilla S - 1st May 2022

The Island of Missing Trees would be my first choice

claire w - 1st May 2022

Sorrow and bliss

Sarah K - 1st May 2022

Each book sounds amazing, and I would love to read them all. Although, The Sentance would be at the top of my list.

Laura C - 30th April 2022

I’d really like to read the island of missing trees

Sheena B - 30th April 2022

Meg Mason Sorrow and bliss

Margaret G - 30th April 2022

The sentence and great circles books would be my first reads - they all sound brilliant

Janet F - 29th April 2022

Elif Shafak: The Island of Missing Trees

Rachel J - 29th April 2022

all on my to read list

Linda H - 29th April 2022

What a wonderfully eclectic selection of books the panel of judges has chosen for this year's shortlist ... I've already read two (Island of Missing trees & Sorrow and Bliss) and the other four are on my tbr pile as each one sounds appealing! Lindyclem.

SHARON JAYNE B - 28th April 2022

I am a prolific reader and I would love to win all these wonderful books

Lisa D - 28th April 2022

All of the shortlisted titles look fabulous but I'd particularly love to read Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, and Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.

Sarah N - 28th April 2022

I can't wait to read The Book of Form and Emptiness

MARIA R - 28th April 2022

sorrow and bliss sounds like a book I can relate to

Kathleen C - 28th April 2022

I've only read one on the shortlist which is Sorrow and Bliss. Quite a few others I'd like to read, with the Ozeki, Great Circle and The Bread The Devil Knead being the ones I want to read most.

Kate M - 28th April 2022

I’d love to read Sorrow and Bliss. It sounds so relevant to me and many of the women I have met and talked to through my life. Life in real time

Karen P - 28th April 2022

Great Circle has been thoroughly recommended . That will be my first read

Stefan I - 28th April 2022

Looking forward to the announcement of the winner, but having briefly looked at each entry, they are all worthy as winners in my eyes

Lynne B - 28th April 2022

Good luck to all the authors

Tracy N - 28th April 2022

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Marion G - 27th April 2022

Looking forward to reading 'The Sentence'

Jacqui G - 27th April 2022

Some of these sound very good.

Mark F - 27th April 2022

I would like to read The Sentence by Louise Erdrich.

Annabel G - 27th April 2022

I would love to read The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Julie T - 27th April 2022

I am really looking forward to reading The Island of Missing Trees, it sounds intriguing.

Lucy J - 27th April 2022

What an awesome prize! The shortlisted books are so varied and diverse. I would love to win and read them.

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