The Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, released its long list. Nominees include authors Hilary Mantel for her newest book, Bringing Up the Bodies, Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, and A. M. Holmes. Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl is also featured, along with Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be?. The shortlist will be announced at the London Book Fair on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
The winner, which will be announced Wednesday, June 5th at an awards party in central London, will receive $45,000 in prize money, as well as the bronze ‘Bessie’ statuette.
One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.
Take a look back at the VIDA statistics about the number of female book reviewers and the number of female authors whose books are reviewed by prominent organizations to understand and appreciate the significance of an award that recognizes the contributions of female fiction writers.
Congratulations and good luck to the nominees!