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Women's Prize for Fiction

One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.  It celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction between 2014 and 2017. It celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

The winner receives a cheque for £30,000, anonymously endowed, and a limited edition bronze statuette known as the ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven.

Find everything you need to know about the Prize on the Women's Prize for Fiction website: https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk, from how the judges are selected to how the winning novel is chosen.

Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.  It celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 Shortlist

Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 Shortlist

Winner: Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet, a beautiful reimagining of the story behind Shakespeare's Hamlet has been chosen as this year's winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction. "Glorious, simply and beautifully glorious!" Liz Robinson, Expert Reviewer

Shortlisted Books

Women's Prize for Fiction Archive

Click on a year below to view past years from this award.