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Prize Winning Fiction
Prize Winning Fiction

Women's Bailey Prize for Fiction (formerly Orange)

The Women’s Baileys Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English.


The judging panel is made up of five women,  one of whom is appointed Chair by the organisers.  Each judge has an equal vote. A new panel is chosen each year.


The Prize is open to any full length novel, written in English by a woman of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in print form the United Kingdom between 1 April of the year before the Prize is awarded and 31 March of the year in which the Prize is awarded. Although the novel’s first UK publication must fall within these dates, it’s still eligible if it was previously published in English elsewhere. Only books published in the UK are eligible. To prove the book complies with this rule they need to have a UK ISBN, have the price printed in Pounds Sterling and be distributed in the UK.






A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Young giirls coming of age

Eimear McBride



May We be Forgiven



Rival brothers stick together in adversity



The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller


Trojan war and love story



The Tiger's Wife

Tea Obreht


Grandfather's death partially explained by escaped tiger



The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver


1940's man caught up in US/Mexico politics




Marilynne Robinson


The prodigal son returns



The Road Home

Rose Tremain


Polish migrant's view of England



Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Love in African Civil War



On Beauty

Zadie Smith


Rival academics and families meet up



We Need to Talk about Kevin

Lionel Shriver


Mother's growing understanding of son



Small Island

Andrea Levy


Racial tensions in 1940s London



Property: A Novel

Valerie Martin


Master/slave relationship in deep South



Bel Canto: A Novel

Ann Patchett


Terrorists and hostages become one



The Idea of Perfection

Kate Grenville


Small town off beat romance



When I lived in Modern Times

Linda Grant


Young woman goes to new Israel state



A Crime in the Neighbourhood

Suzanne Berne


Baltimore girl's extraordinary summer



Larry’s Party

Carol Shields


Twenty Years of Modern Manhood



Fugitive Pieces

Anne Michaels


Polish Jew escapes to Greece



A Spell of Winter

Helen Dunmore


Siblings haunted by family secrets



2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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