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Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 shortlist announced

Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 shortlist announced

The 2022 Women’s prize shortlist has been announced. The prize seeks to highlight the best fiction by women across the world, regardless of their age, race, nationality or background. 

This year’s shortlist includes six diverse novels, with the winner in the running for the £30 000 prize.

The 2022 finalists were selected by the Chair of Judges Mary Ann Sieghart and her judging panel: Lorraine Candy, Dorothy Koomson, Anita Sethi, and Pandora Sykes.

Chair of Judges Mary Ann Sieghart said: ‘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 will be announced on June 15.

 

Check out the shortlist:

Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead (Transworld)

Sorrow and Bliss, Meg Mason (Orion)

The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)

The Bread the Devil Knead,  Lisa Allen-Agostini (Myriad Editions)

The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak (Penguin)

The Sentence, Louise Erdrich (Little Brown)