Article published on March 8, 2018.
The longlist for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, which aims “to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world”, was announced last night.
The eclectic longlist includes both new and established writers, a wide range of genres and diverse settings. According to Sarah Styles, the 2018 chair of judges, “What is striking about the list, apart from the wealth of talent, is that women writers refuse to be pigeon-holed. We have searing social realism, adventure, comedy, poetic truths, ingenious plots and unforgettable characters. Women of the world are a literary force to be reckoned with.”
The sixteen longlisted titles are:
- H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker (William Heinemann)
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Jonathan Cape)
- Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon (The Borough Press)
- Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig (Grove Press)
- Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
- The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)
- Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray)
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Collins)
- When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic)
- Elmet by Fiona Mozley (John Murray)
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)
- See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Tinder Press)
- A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert (Virago)
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury)
- The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal (Viking)
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury Circus)
The shortlisted titles will be announced on 23rd April and the prize awarded on 6th June.
You can find out more about the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 here.
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