Women’s Prize for Fiction Gives Nod to Mantel, Zadie Smith

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By Dennis Abrams

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (the former Orange Prize for Fiction), awarded to “celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world,” has been announced.

The list features literary big names such as Hilary Mantel (receiving her third major literary award nomination — with two wins so far — for Bringing Up the Bodies), Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver and AM Homes, along with much talked about popular successes as Gillian Flynn, G. Willow Wilson, Maria Semple, and Sheila Heti.

It was only last year that the award lost its major sponsor, Orange. And while the Prize board was inundated with offers for donations and sponsorship, it ultimately was decided that the award for 2013 would be privately (and anonymously) endowed.

The winner will receive 30,000 pounds (around $45,000), as well as a bronze award created by the artist Grizel Niven known as a “Bessie.”

The complete longlist for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction:

  1. A Trick I Learned From Dead Men, Kitty Aldridge, Jonathan Cape
  2. Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson, Corvus Books
  3. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate
  4. Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver, Faber & Faber
  5. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  6. Honour, Elif Shafak, Viking
  7. How Should a Person Be?, Sheila Heti, Harvill Secker
  8. Ignorance, Michele Roberts, Bloomsbury Publishing
  9. Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam, Hutchinson
  10. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson, Doubleday
  11. Mateship With Birds, Carrie Tiffany, Picador
  12. May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes, Granta Books
  13. NW, Zadie Smith, Hamish Hamilton
  14. The Forrests, Emily Perkins, Bloomsbury Circus
  15. The Innocents, Francesca Segal, Chatto and Windus
  16. The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman, Doubleday
  17. The Marlowe Papers, Ros Barber, Sceptre
  18. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, Shani Boianjiu, Hogarth
  19. The Red Book, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Virago
  20. Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple, Weidenfeld and Nicolson
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Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.