The Women’s Prize for Fiction – the greatest international celebration of women’s creativity – today announces it’s 2022 shortlist. Now in its 27th year, the Prize shines a spotlight on 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.
- Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
- Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
- The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
- The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini
- The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
- The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
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 author 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. 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.
Six reading groups will be shadowing the shortlist of the Prize, and we will be sharing their thoughts on the six picks ahead of the winner announcement in June.
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Be one of the first to meet the authors shortlisted for the 2022 Women’s Prize by attending the 2022 Virtual Shortlist Festival (23 – 25 May) for three evening events with Kate Mosse and the two of the shortlisted authors. Then join all six of the authors on the eve of the winner announcement at the Women’s Prize Shortlist Readings event.
The Women’s Prize Trust, in partnership with Curtis Brown literary agency, the Curtis Brown Creative writing school (both part of The Curtis Brown Group) and Audible have now also announced the Discoveries 2022 longlist. The Discoveries programme aims to find inspiring female writing talent from across the UK and Ireland. Find out more about the longlisted authors.
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