Women's Prize

The Women's Prize for Fiction began life as the Orange Prize for Fiction. It was launched at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in January 1996.

The prize was born out of the 1991 Booker Prize - where no women were shortlisted for the award. In May 2012, Bailey's took over the sponsorship of the award and for the next four years the award was known as the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

In 2018 the sponsorship model changed to include a 'family' of sponsors instead of just one. Bailey's will be part of the family along with several other partners.

The Women's Prize for Fiction 'celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world.'



  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  • H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
  • (S) The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
  • Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • (S) The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • (S) Sight by Jessie Greengrass
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • (S) When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
  • Elmet by Fiona Mozley
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
  • A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
  • The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
  • (S) Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • (S) Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  • Little Deaths by Emma Flint
  • The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
  • (S) The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
  • The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
  • Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
  • (S) The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  • The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx
  • (S) First Love by Gwendoline Riley
  • (S) Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

  • Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  • Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett (Australian)
  • (S) Ruby by Cynthia Bond
  • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Australian)
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
  • Whispers Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott
  • (S) The Green Road by Anne Enright
  • The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
  • Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy
  • The Anatomist's Dream by Clio Gray
  • At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison
  • Pleasantville by Attica Locke
  • (S) The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
  • Girl At War by Sara Novic
  • The House At the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
  • (S) The Improbablity of Love by Hannah Rothschild
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • (S) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
  • Aren't We Sisters? Patricia Ferguson
  • I am China by Xiaolu Guo
  • Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Elizabeth Healey
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  • The Offering by Grace McCleen
  • The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
  • The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neil
  • The Bees by Laline Paull
  • The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips
  • The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert
  • A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
  • The Shore by Sara Taylor
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • After Before by Jemma Wayne
  • The Life of a Banana by PP Wong

  • A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
  • The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne
  • The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto
  • The Bear by Claire Cameron
  • Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter
  • The Strangler Vine by M J Carter
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Australian) - DNF
  • The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
  • Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
  • Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  • The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Stroud
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld

  • May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes
  • A Trick I Learned From Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber
  • The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  • Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam
  • The Forrests by Emily Perkins
  • Ignorance by Michèle Roberts
  • The Innocents by Francesca Segal
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Honour by Elif Shafak
  • N-W Zadie Smith
  • The Light Between Oceans ML Stedman (Australian) - DNF
  • Mateship with Birds Carrie Tiffany (Australian)
  • Alif the Unseen G Willow Wilson

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
  • The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
  • Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
  • Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg
  • On the Floor by Aifric Campbell
  • The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen
  • The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
  • The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki
  • Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
  • Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
  • The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay
  • The Blue Book by A.L. Kennedy
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • There but for the by Ali Smith
  • The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard
  • Tides of War by Stella Tillyard
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman

  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
  • Grace Williams Says It Loud, by Emma Henderson
  • Great House, by Nicole Krauss
  • Annabel, by Kathleen Winter
  • Lyrics Alley, by Leila Aboulela
  • Jamrach's Menagerie, by Carol Birch
  • The Pleasure Seekers, by Tishani Doshi
  • Whatever You Love, by Louise Doughty
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (R)
  • The London Train, by Tessa Hadley
  • The Seas, by Samantha Hunt
  • The Birth of Love, by Joanna Kavenna
  • The Road to Wanting, by Wendy Law-Yone
  • The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer
  • Repeat it Today with Tears, by Anne Peile
  • Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives, by Lola Shoneyin
  • The Swimmer, by Roma Tearne

  • The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Very Thought of You, by Rosie Alison
  • Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke
  • Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
  • A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore
  • The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, by Monique Roffey
  • The Rehearsal, by Eleanor Catton
  • Savage Lands, by Clare Clark
  • Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig
  • The Way Things Look to Me, by Roopa Farooki
  • The Twisted Heart, by Rebecca Gowers
  • This is How, by M.J. Hyland
  • Small Wars, by Sadie Jones
  • Secret Son, by Laila Lalami
  • The Long Song, by Andrea Levy
  • The Wilding, by Maria McCann
  • Black Mamba Boy, by Nadifa Mohamed
  • The Still Point, by Amy Sackville
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (R)
  • The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters

  • Home, by Marilynne Robinson
  • Scottsboro, by Ellen Feldman
  • The Wilderness, by Samantha Harvey
  • The Invention of Everything Else, by Samantha Hunt
  • Molly Fox’s Birthday, by Deirdre Madden
  • Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  • The Household Guide for Dying, by Debra Adelaide (Australian)
  • Girl in a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold
  • Their Finest Hour and a Half, by Lissa Evans
  • Blonde Roots, by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Strange Music, by Laura Fish
  • Love Marriage, by V.V. Ganeshananthan
  • Intuition, by Allegra Goodman
  • The Lost Dog, by Michelle de Kretser (Australian) 
  • A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
  • The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight, by Gina Ochsner
  • Evening is the Whole Day, by Preeta Samarasan
  • American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Flying Troutmans, by Miriam Toews
  • The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, by Ann Weisgarber

  • The Road Home, by Rose Tremain
  • Fault Lines, by Nancy Huston
  • The Outcast, by Sadie Jones
  • When We Were Bad, by Charlotte Mendelson
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals, by Heather O'Neill
  • Lottery, by Patricia Wood
  • The Blood of Flowers, by Anita Amirrezvani
  • The Room of Lost Things, by Stella Duffy
  • The Keep, by Jennifer Egan
  • The Gathering, by Anne Enright
  • The Clothes on Their Backs, by Linda Grant
  • The Master Bedroom, by Tessa Hadley
  • Sorry, by Gail Jones (Australian)
  • The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam, by Lauren Liebenberg
  • In The Dark, by Deborah Moggach
  • Mistress, by Anita Nair
  • The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak
  • The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer
  • The End of Mr Y, by Scarlett Thomas
  • Monster Love, by Carol Topolski

  • Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Arlington Park, by Rachel Cusk
  • The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (R)
  • A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, by Xiaolu Guo
  • The Observations, by Jane Harris
  • Digging to America, by Anne Tyler
  • Poppy Shakespeare, by Clare Allan
  • Peripheral Vision, by Patricia Ferguson
  • Over, by Margaret Forster
  • The Dissident, by Nell Freudenberger
  • When to Walk, by Rebecca Gowers
  • Carry Me Down, by MJ Hyland
  • The Girls, by Lori Lansens
  • Alligator, by Lisa Moore
  • What Was Lost, by Catherine O'Flynn
  • The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney
  • Careless, by Deborah Robertson
  • Afterwards, by Rachel Seiffert
  • Ten Days in the Hills, by Jane Smiley
  • The Housekeeper, by Melanie Wallace

  • On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
  • The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
  • Beyond Black, by Hilary Mantel
  • The Accidental, by Ali Smith
  • Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, by Carrie Tiffany (Australian)
  • The Night Watch, by Sarah Waters
  • Minaret, by Leila Aboulela
  • Harbor, by Lorraine Adams
  • Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman
  • Watch Me Disappear, by Jill Dawson
  • House of Orphans, by Helen Dunmore
  • The Constant Princess, by Philippa Gregory
  • White Ghost Girls, by Alice Greenway
  • Dreams of Speaking, by Gail Jones (Australian)
  • Lost in the Forest, by Sue Miller
  • Rape: A Love Story, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
  • Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Frangipani, by Celestine Hitiura Vaite
  • The Position, by Meg Wolitzer

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
  • Old Filth, by Jane Gardam
  • The Mammoth Cheese, by Sheri Holman
  • Liars and Saints, by Maile Meloy
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka
  • Away From You, by Melanie Finn
  • Black Dirt, by Nell Leyshon
  • Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson
  • Escape Routes for Beginners, by Kira Cochrane
  • The Falls, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • It So Happens, by Patricia Ferguson
  • The Mysteries of Glass, by Sue Gee
  • Nelson's Daughter, by Miranda Hearn
  • The Remedy, by Michele Lovric
  • The River, by Tricia Wastvedt
  • The Great Stink, by Clare Clark
  • Tatty, by Christine Dwyer Hickey
  • The Zigzag Way, by Anita Desai
  • Ursula, Under, by Ingrid Hill

Small Island, by Andrea Levy

Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood (R)
The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard (Australian)
Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ice Road, by Gillian Slovo
The Colour, by Rose Tremain
Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
The Sari Shop, by Rupa Bajwa
Kith and Kin, by Stevie Davies
State of Happiness, by Stella Duffy
The Flood, by Maggie Gee
The Electric Michelangelo, by Sarah Hall
Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri (R)
A Visit from Voltaire, by Dinah Lee Kung
Gilgamesh, by Joan London
The Internationals, by Sarah May
Love, by Toni Morrison
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (R)
The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler (R)

Property, by Valerie Martin

Buddha Da, by Anne Donovan
Heligoland, by Shena Mackay
Unless, by Carol Shields
The Autograph Man, by Zadie Smith
The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt
Special, by Bella Bathhurst
Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros
English Correspondence, by Janet Davey
Dot in the Universe, by Lucy Ellmann
What the Birds See, by Sonya Hartnett (Australian)
What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt
War Crimes for the Home, by Liz Jensen
The Solace of Leaving Early, by Haven Kimmel
In the Forest, by Edna O'Brien
Fox Girl, by Okja Keller
When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka
Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
The Cutting Room, by Louise Welsh
Water Street, by Crystal Wilkinson

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

No Bones, by Anna Burns
The Siege, by Helen Dunmore
The White Family, by Maggie Gee
A Child's Book of True Crime, by Chloe Hooper (Australian)
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
Pop, by Kitty Aldridge
A True Story Based on Lies, by Jennifer Clement
Now You See Me, by Lesley Glaister
The Element of Water, by Stevie Davies
Five Quarters of an Orange, by Joanne Harris
Niagara Falls All Over Again, by Elizabeth McCracken
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk
Middle Ages, by Joyce Carol Oates
The Story of My Face, by Kathy Page
Crawling at Night, by Nani Power
La Cucina, by Lily Prior
The Hero's Walk, by Anita Rau Badami
Sister Crazy, by Emma Richler
The Dark Room, by Rachel Seiffert (R)

The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville
The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (R)
Fred & Edie, by Jill Dawson
Hotel World, by Ali Smith
Homestead, by Rosina Lippi
Horse Heaven, by Jane Smiley
The Hiding Place, by Trezza Azzopardi
In the Blue House, by Meaghan Delahunt
The Last Samurai, by Helen Dewitt
Fish, Blood & Bone, by Leslie Forbes
The Wild, by Esther Freud
Dog Days, Glenn Miller Nights, by Laurie Graham
Nowhere Else on Earth, by Josephine Humphreys
Ahab's Wife, by Sena Jeter Naslund
From Caucasia, with Love, by Danzy Senna
The Bonesetter's Daughter, by Amy Tan (R)
The PowerBook, by Jeanette Winterson
MotherKind, by Jayne Ann Phillips

When I Lived in Modern Times, by Linda Grant

If I Told You Once, by Judy Budnitz
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
The Dancers Dancing, by Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
The Translator, by Leila Aboulela
Girl With A Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier
Fasting, Feasting, by Anita Desai (R)
A Dangerous Vine, by Barbara Ewing
Danny Boy, by Jo-Ann Goodwin
A Sin of Colour, by Sunetra Gupt
Born Free, by Laura Hird
Everything You Need, by A.L. Kennedy
The Hunter, by Julia Leigh
Charming Billy, by Alice McDermott
Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith, by Gina B. Nahai
Island, by Jane Rogers
Last Chance Texaco, by Christine Pountney
What the Body Remembers, by Shauna Singh Baldwin

A Crime in the Neighborhood, by Suzanne Berne

The Short History of a Prince, by Jane Hamilton
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
Paradise, by Toni Morrison
The Leper's Companions, by Julia Blackburn
Visible Worlds, by Marilyn Bowering
Master Georgie, by Beryl Bainbridge
The Voyage of the Narwhal, by Andrea Barrett
In A Fishbone Church, by Catherine Chidgey
Crocodile Soup, by Julia Darling
Restitution, by Maureen Duffy
Trumpet, by Jackie Kay
Comfort Woman, by Nora Okja Keller
Buxton Spice, by Oonya Kempadoo
The Vintner's Luck, by Elizabeth Knox (R)
Marchlands, by Karla Kuban
The Giant O'Brien, by Hilary Mantel
The Most Wanted, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
A History of Silence, by Barbara Neil
Evening News, by Marly Swick

Larry's Party, by Carol Shield

Lives of the Monster Dogs, by Kirsten Bakis
The Ventriloquist's Tale, by Pauline Melville
The Magician's Assistant, by Ann Patchett
Love Like Hate Adore, by Deirdre Purcell
The Weight of Water, by Anita Shreve
Bitter Grounds, by Sandra Benitez
Man or Mango? by Lucy Ellmann
Gaglow, by Esther Freud
The Aguero Sisters, by Cristina Garcia
The House Gun, by Nadine Gordimer
The Breaking, by Kathryn Heyman
Round Rock, by Michelle Huneven
Ark Baby, by Liz Jensen
Undiscovered Country, by Christina Koning
The Orchard, by Drusilla Modjeska (Australian)
Black and Blue, by Anna Quindlen
Impossible Saints, by Michele Roberts
The Underpainter, by Jane Urquhart
Baby Love, by Louis Young

Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels
Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood (R)
One by One in the Darkness, by Deirdre Madden
Accordion Crimes, by E. Annie Proulx (R)
Hen's Teeth, by Manda Scott
I Was Amelia Earhart, by Jane Mendelsohn
Every Man For Himself, by Beryl Bainbridge
Death Comes for Peter Pan, by Joan Brady
The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Last Thing He Wanted, by Joan Didion
The Cast Iron Shore, by Linda Grant
The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, by Siri Hustvedt
The Autobiography of My Mother, by Jamaica Kincaid
With Child, by Laurie R. King
Fall On Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald
All the Blood is Red, by Leone Ross
Red Leaves, by Paulina Simons
Anita and Me, by Meera Syal
Gut Symmetries, by Jeanette Winterson (R)
The Frequency of Souls, by Mary Kay Zuravleff

A Spell of Winter, by Helen Dunmore

The Book of Colour, by Julia Blackburn
Spinsters, by Pagan Kennedy
The Hundred Secret Senses, by Amy Tan (R)
Ladder of Years, by Anne Tyler
Eveless Eden, by Marianne Wiggins
The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker
Official and Doubtful, by Ajay Close
The Rape of Sita, by Lindsey Collen
Keeping Up with Magda, by Isla Dewar
The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Private Parts of Women, by Lesley Glaister
The Passion of Alice, by Stephanie Grant
Egg Dancing, by Liz Jensen
So I Am Glad, by A.L. Kennedy
Never Far From Nowhere, by Andrea Levy
Mother of Pearl, by Mary Morrissy
Promised Lands, by Jane Rogers
River Lines, by Elspeth Sandys

(R) Read but not reviewed

Previously known as The Orange Prize for Fiction

Official website:

Women's Prize For Fiction

Fellow bloggers reading their way through the longlists and/or shortlists of The Women's Prize for Fiction:

Antonia Honeywell
My Book Strings
The Orange Prize Project
Women's Prize For Fiction Book Review

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