THE Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.
Now in its twentieth year, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.
The judges for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction have been confirmed as:
Shami Chakrabarti, (Chair), Director, Liberty
Laura Bates,Writer and Founder of The Everyday Sexism Project
Grace Dent, Columnist and Broadcaster
Helen Dunmore, Novelist, Poet and Winner of the First Women’s Prize for Fiction (1996)
Cathy Newman, Presenter, Channel 4 News
“Women writers continue to enthral, educate and entertain,”Shami Chakrabarti commented. “So to chair the judges of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is going to be great reading and great fun.”
Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo commented, “I’m thrilled to see such an eminent and inspirational judging panel announced for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Now in our second year of sponsorship, it’s always a great pleasure to see the level of dedication and passion the judges devote to their role and I’m sure this year’s panel will continue to build on the great legacy of judges before them”.
Established in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman. Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible.
The winner will receive an anonymously endowed cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 will be awarded on June 3rd 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Previous winners are Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2014), A.M. Homes forMay We Be Forgiven (2013), Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012), Téa Obreht forThe Tiger’s Wife (2011), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson forHome (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie forHalf of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver forWe Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin forProperty (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville forThe Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times(2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields forLarry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore forA Spell of Winter (1996).
For the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015, novels must be published in the UK between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015. The prize is administered by Booktrust, the UK charity for books and reading.