Baileys womens prize for fiction 2014
Womens Prize for Fiction Winners
Vlog - The Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction Awards Ceremony
Eimear McBride wins Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
By Gaby Wood. The first longlist of the newly named Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced, and it offers a great sweep of geography, genre and style. With a total of 20 novels included, it's almost impossible to interpret any particular shape or slant to the list, yet the broad range and high quality itself indicates that fiction written by women is thriving. In some previous years — when the prize existed under the auspices of Orange — there was little overlap between this list and that of others such as the Man Booker or the Costa. In others, the overlap has been critical: last year Hilary Mantel was expected to receive a third nod, having won the Man Booker and the Costa, and the idea of her scooping up all the prizes became contentious.
Baileys prize will widen appeal of 'instant classic' which almost didn't make it into print at all. Following a Pulitzer prize last month, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is favourite to win the Baileys women's prize for fiction and is already tipped for the Booker. Laura Miller on an enigmatic author, famed for her storytelling and perfectionism. The Goldfinch, Tartt's long-awaited third novel, is bookies' favourite for Baileys prize, with no British authors in contention. With hours to go until the shortlist for the women's prize for fiction is announced, let us know who you think should be on it.
The Goldfinch, Tartt's long-awaited third novel, is bookies' favourite for Baileys prize, with no British authors in contention.
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The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announcement
When I was first approached about being this year's chair of the Bailey's Prize my first instinct was to say no - it isn't possible. I wasn't even sure if I could read that many novels even if I had nothing else to do at all. But colleagues, my chairman, even one of our head teachers who is a novelist, and my husband, all said 'do it'. So I said yes. At the beginning the organisers spoke about books, but that soon crept up to , , and finally, Every imprint in the UK is allowed to submit three novels, by women, published between last April and this March.
In May , it was announced that Orange would be ending its sponsorship of the prize. The prize was established to recognise the contribution of female writers, whom Mosse believed were often overlooked in other major literary awards,   and in reaction to the all-male shortlist for the Booker Prize. The winner is selected by a board of "five leading women" each year. The BBC suggests that the prize forms part of the "trinity" of UK literary prizes, along with the Booker Prize and the Costa Book Awards ; the sales of works by the nominees of these awards are significantly boosted. However, the fact that the prize singles out female writers is not without controversy.