Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo on Women’s Prize for Literature 2020 shortlist.

Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other is on the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Literature 2020 announced on April 21, 2020.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year. Previous winners of the prize started in 1996, include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith and Ali Smith.

The judging panel for 2020 has Martha Lane Fox as chair; writer and activist Scarlett Curtis; writer and activist Melanie Eusebe; co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, author, and comedian Viv Groskop; and international bestselling author Paula Hawkins. This panel announced the longlist for the award on March 3.

The shortlist of those still in the running for the award are;

  • Dominicana by Angie Cruz.
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes.
  • The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel.
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell.
  • Weather by Jenny Offill.

Chair of the judges Martha Lane Fox commented on the list, “We are all living in challenging, sad, and complex times so incredible stories provide hope, a moment of escape and a point of connection now more than ever. Choosing the shortlist was tough—we went slowly and carefully and passions ran high—just as you would want in such a process. But we are all so proud of these books—all readers will find solace if they pick one up.”

Bernardine Evaristo shared on her Twitter, “25 years after I started following the amazing @WomensPrize, I make the shortlist. I am so grateful for this & feel so blessed. Thank you to the judges & to @katemosse who founded the prize, and congrats to the other shortlistees, my literary stablemates for the next 6 months.”

The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on Wednesday, September 9.


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