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Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist annouced

Author Jesmyn Ward is one of 16 authors

Author Jesmyn Ward is one of 16 authors whose works are longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

Female writers are in the spotlight this International Women’s Day.

The prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction has just announced its 2018 longlist of 16 books. The award, originally known as the Orange Prize for Fiction and then the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction, recognizes female writers from around the world who have published novels in the United Kingdom. Among the writers are a Man Booker Prize winner (Arundhati Roy), a two-time National Book Award winner (Jesmyn Ward) and a Pulitzer Prize winner (Jennifer Egan).

A shortlist of as many as six novels will be announced April 23, and on June 6 one novel will be selected to win the prize, which comes with an award of about $37,000.

The longlisted books include:

“H(A)PPY” by Nicola Barker

“The Idiot” by Elif Batuman

“Three Things About Elsie” by Joanna Cannon

“Miss Burma” by Charmaine Craig

“Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan

“The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock” by Imogen Hermes Gowar

“Sight” by Jessie Greengrass

“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

“When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife” by Meena Kandasamy

“Elmet” by Fiona Mozley

“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy

“See What I Have Done” by Sarah Schmidt

“A Boy in Winter” by Rachel Seiffert

“Home Fire” by Kamila Shamsie

“The Trick to Time” by Kit de Waal

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward

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