Women’s Prize for Fiction – Longlist History

Something a bit different for today’s post…

This is a bit of a passion project inspired by Hannah, Callum, Naty, Emily, Sarah, and Marija.

In case you were not aware, I’m more than a little invested in the Women’s Prize for Fiction, an annual literary prize awarded to the ‘best’ book by a women written that year, awarded by a panel of judges.  The above group of bloggers and I were discussing which authors have been longlisted in the past, which is actually a deceptively tricky thing to find anywhere online, as the Women’s Prize Wikipedia page only lists the winners + shortlisters.  The Women’s Prize website does have detail the prize’s complete history, which is where I got all of the information from for this post; however, the layout is a bit tricky to navigate and involves a lot of clicking around; there’s really no clean, easily digestible list for this information.

That’s where this post comes in.  For posterity, I wanted to record the complete list of Women’s Prize longlisters, shortlisters, and winners, all in one post, easy enough to scroll through.

I realize this is a bit niche, but I hope it’s of interest or assistance to someone out there, even if it’s just the 7 of us who came up with this idea!



Judges: Kate Mosse OBE (Chair), Lorna Sage, Margaret Lally, Susan Hill CBE, Val Hennessy

17664830LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore** WINNER
Spinsters by Pagan Kennedy
The Book of Colour by Julia Blackburn

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
Eveless Eden by Marianne Wiggins
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
The Love Letter by Cathleen Schine
Mother of Pearl by Mary Morrissey
River Lines by Elspeth Sandys
Promised Lands by Jane Rogers
Never Far from Nowhere by Andrea Levy
I Am So Glad by A.L. Kennedy
Egg Dancing by Liz Jenson
The Passion of Alice by Stephanie Grant
The Private Parts of Women by Lesley Glaister
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
Keeping Up With Magda by Isla Dewar
The Rape of Sita by Lindsey Collen
Official and Doubtful by A.J. Close
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker


Judges: Lisa Jardine CBE (Chair), Allison Pearson, Andrea Levy, Fiona Kennedy, Val McDermid

15836LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels** WINNER
One By One in the Darkness by Deirdre Madden

Hen’s Teeth by Manda Scott
Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx
I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Red Leaves by Paullina Simons
All the Blood is Red by Leone Ross
The Cast Iron Shore by Linda Grant
The Frequency of Souls by Mary K. Zuravleff
Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson
Anita and Me by Meera Syal
Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
With Child by Laurie R. King
The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid
The Enchantment of Lily Dahl by Siri Hustvedt
The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
Death Comes for Peter Pan by Joan Brady
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni
Every Man For Himself by Beryl Bainbridge


Judges: Sheena Macdonald (Chair), Bernice Rubens, Elaine Showalter, Erica Wagner, Grace Kempster

1140185LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Larry’s Party by Carol Shields** WINNER
The Ventriloquist’s Tale by Pauline Melville
Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis
The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
Love Like Hate Adore by Deirdre Purcell
The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
Baby Love by Louisa Young
The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart
Impossible Saints by Michèle Roberts
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
The Orchard by Drusilla Modjeska
Undiscovered Country by Christina Koning
Ark Baby by Liz Jensen
Round Rock by Michelle Huneven
The Breaking by Kathryn Heyman
The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer
The Aguero Sisters by Cristina Garcia
Summer at Gaglow by Esther Freud
Man or Mango? by Lucy Ellmann
Bitter Grounds by Sandra Benítez


Judges: Baroness Lola Young OBE (Chair), Mariella Frostrup, Nicci Gerrard, Ursula Owen

361248LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne** WINNER
The Leper’s Companions by Julia Blackburn
Visible Worlds by Marilyn Bowering
Paradise by Toni Morrison
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Short History of a Prince by Jane Hamilton
Evening News by Marly Swick
Comfort Woman by Nora Ojka Keller
A History of Silence by Barbara Neil
The Most Wanted by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Giant, O’Brien by Hilary Mantel
Marchlands by Karla Kuban
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo
Trumpet by Jackie Kay
Restitution by Maureen Duffy
Crocodile Soup by Julia Darling
In a Fishbone Church by Catherine Chidgey
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett
Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge


Judges: Polly Toynbee (Chair), Amanda Foreman, Bonnie Greer OBE, Claire Beaumont, Ffion Hague

13332146LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant** WINNER
Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The Dancers Dancing by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
If I Told You Once by Judy Budnitz
Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
A Dangerous Vine by Barbara Ewing
What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
Island by Jane Rogers
Last Chance Texaco by Christine Pountney
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
The Hunter by Julia Leigh
Everything You Need by A.L. Kennedy
Born Free by Laura Hird
A Sin of Color by Sunetra Gupta
DANNY BOY by Jo-Ann Goodwin
Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Translator by Leila Aboulela


Judges: Emily Perkins, Kate Adie OBE, Rosie Boycott (Chair), Rachel Holmes, Suzanne Vega

821462LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville** WINNER
Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley
Homestead by Rosina Lippi
Hotel World by Ali Smith
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Fred & Edie by Jill Dawson
The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
The PowerBook by Jeanette Winterson
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
From Caucasia, With Love by Danzy Senna
MotherKind by Jayne Anne Phillips
Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphreys
Dog Days, Glenn Miller Nights by Laurie Graham
The Wild by Esther Freud
Fish, Blood and Bone by Leslie Forbes
The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
In the Blue House by Meaghan Delahunt


Judges: Sue MacGregor CBE, AL Kennedy, Fiona Shaw CBE, Julie Wright, Professor Gillian Beer DBE

5826LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett** WINNER
The White Family by Maggie Gee
No Bones by Anna Burns
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
A Child’s Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper
Pop by Kitty Aldridge
The Element of Water by Stevie Davies
The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
Sister Crazy by Emma Richler
The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami
La Cucina by Lily Prior
Crawling at Night by Nani Power
The Story of My Face by Kathy Page
Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
Now You See Me by Lesley Glaister
True Story Based on Lies by Jennifer Clement


Judges: Ahdaf Soueif, Annalena McAfee, Dr Margaret Reynolds, Nicolette Jones, Sophie Dahl

1389711LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Property by Valerie Martin** WINNER
Buddha Da by Anne Donovan
Heligoland by Shena Mackay
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
Unless by Carol Shields
Water Street by Crystal E. Wilkinson
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
In the Forest by Edna O’Brien
The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel
Fox Girl by Nora Okja Keller
War Crimes for the Home by Liz Jensen
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
What the Birds See by Sonya Hartnett
Dot in the Universe by Lucy Ellmann
English Correspondence by Janet Davey
Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
Special by Bella Bathurst


Judges: Sandi Toksvig OBE, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Karen Cunningham, Katharine Viner, Minette Walters

44001._sy475_LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Small Island by Andrea Levy** WINNER
The Colour by Rose Tremaine
Ice Road by Gillian Slovo
The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Gilgamesh by Joan London
The Flood by Maggie Gee
Kith and Kin by Stevie Davies
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Love by Toni Morrison
The Internationals by Sarah May
A Visit From Voltaire by Dinah Küng
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller
The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall
State of Happiness by Stella Duffy
The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa
Brick Lane by Monica Ali


Judges: Jenni Murray DBE, Jo Brand, Joanne Harris MBE, Jude Kelly OBE, Moira Stuart OBE

870775LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver** WINNER
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Liars and Saints by Maile Maloy
The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman
Old Filth by Jane Garham
Billie Morgan by Joolz Denby
It So Happens by Patricia Ferguson
The River by Patricia Wastvedt
The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
The Remedy by Michelle Lovric
Black Dirt by Nell Leyshon
Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill
Nelson’s Daughter by Miranda Hearn
The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee
Away From You by Melanie Finn
Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey
The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai
Escape Routes for Beginners by Kira Cochrane
The Great Stink by Clare Clark
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson


Judges: Martha Kearney, Claire Fox, India Knight, Jacqueline Wilson DBE, Jenny Eclair

210544._sy475_LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

On Beauty by Zadie Smith** WINNER
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
The Accidental by Ali Smith
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones
The Position by Meg Wolitzer
Frangipani by Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Rape a Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates
Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller
White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway
The Constant Princess by Philippa Greggory
House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
Watch Me Disappear by Jill Dawson
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
Harbor by Lorraine Adams
Minaret by Leila Aboulela


Judges: Muriel Gray, Kate Saunders, Kathryn Hughes, Marian Keyes, Maya Jaggi

18749LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie** WINNER
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
The Observations by Jane Harris
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger
The Housekeeper by Melanie Wallace
Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley
Afterwards by Rachel Seiffert
Careless by Deborah Robertson
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn
Alligator by Lisa Moore
The Girls by Lori Lansens
Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland
When To Walk by Rebecca Gowers
Over by Margaret Forster
Peripheral Vision by Patricia Ferguson
Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan


Judges: Kirsty Lang, Bel Mooney, Lisa Allardice, Philippa Gregory

1271104LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Road Home by Rose Tremain** WINNER
The Lottery by Patricia Wood
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
Fault Lines by Nancy Huston
The Outcast by Sadie Jones
When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson
Monster Love by Carol Topolski
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
Mistress by Anita Nair
In the Dark by Deborah Mogach
The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg
Sorry by Gail Jones
The Master Bedroom by Tessa Hadley
The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
The Gathering by Anne Enright
The Keep by Jennifer Egan
The Room of Lost Things by Stella Duffy
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani


Judges: Fi Glover, Bidisha, Kira Cochrane, Martha Lane Fox CBE, Sarah Churchwell

6550115._sy475_LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Home by Marilynne Robinson** WINNER
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman
Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner
The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
Intuition by Allegra Goodman
Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan
Strange Music by Laura Fish
Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo
The Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide
A Mercy by Toni Morrison


Judges: Daisy Goodwin, Alexandra Shulman, Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE, Michèle Roberts, Miranda Sawyer

7884272LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver** WINNER
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Still Point by Amy Sackville
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
The Wilding by Maria McCann
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
Secret Son by Leila Lalami
Small Wars by Sadie Jones
This Is How by M.J. Hyland
The Twisted Heart by Rebecca Gowers
The Way Things Look to Me by Roopa Farooki
Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig
Strange Lands by Clare Clark
The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton


Judges: Tracy Chevalier, Susanna Reid, Liz Calder, Helen Lederer, Bettany Hughes

20553093LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht** WINNER
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Swimmer by Roma Tearne
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone
The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
The London Train by Tessa Hadley
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela


Judges: Joanna Trollope, Lisa Appignanesi, Natalie Haynes, Natasha Kaplinsky, Victoria Derbyshire

11250317LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller** WINNER
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
The Submission by Amy Waldman
Tides of War by Stella Tillyard
The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard
There but for the by Ali Smith
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Blue Book by A.L. Kennedy
The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
Island of Wings by Karen Altenberg
The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen
The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue 
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki
On the Floor by Aifric Campbell


Judges: Jojo Moyes, Miranda Richardson, Natasha Walter, Rachel Johnson, Razia Iqbal

17593964LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Holmes** WINNER
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
N-W by Zadie Smith
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
The Forrests by Emily Perkins
Honour by Elif Shafak
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber
The Innocents by Francesca Segal
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Ignorance by Michele Roberts
A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge


Judges: Helen Fraser, Caitlin Moran, Denise Mina, Mary Beard, Sophie Raworth

20702408LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride** WINNER
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
The Bear by Claire Cameron
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto
The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter


Judges: Shami Chakrabarti, Cathy Newman, Grace Dent, Helen Dunmore, Laura Bates

25058212LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

How to be both by Ali Smith** WINNER
The Bees by Laline Paull
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Outline by Rachel Cusk
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
Aren’t We Sisters? by Patricia Ferguson
I Am China by Xiaolu Guo
Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Offering by Grace McLean
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips
The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert
The Shore by Sara Taylor
After Before by Jemma Wayne
The Life of a Banana by PP Wong


Judges: Margaret Mountford, Elif Shafak, Laurie Penny, Naga Munchetty, Tracey Thorn

25323905LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney** WINNER
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
Girl at War by Sara Novic
Pleasantville by Attica Locke
At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison
The Anatomist’s Dream by Clio Gray
Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
Whispers Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson


Judges: Aminatta Forna, Katie Derham, Tessa Ross (Chair), Sam Baker, Sara Pascoe

33641244LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Power by Naomi Alderman** WINNER
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
Little Deaths by Emma Flint
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain


Judges: Sarah Sands, Anita Anand, Katy Brand, Catherine Mayer, Imogen Stubbs

33621427LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie** WINNER
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
H(a)ppy by Nicole Barker
Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmitt
The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal


Judges: Dolly Alderton, Arifa Akbar, Professor Kate Williams (Chair), Leyla Hussein, Sarah Wood

33590210LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones** WINNER
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Circe by Madeline Miller
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Milkman by Anna Burns
Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
The Pisces by Melissa Broder


Judges: Martha Lane Fox, Scarlett Curtis, Melanie Eusebe, Viv Grovskop, Paula Hawkins

43890641._sy475_LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell** WINNER
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
Weather by Jenny Offill
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Actress by Anne Enright
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Girl by Edna O’ Brien
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson


Judges: Bernardine Evaristo, Nesrine Malik, Elizabeth Day, Vick Hope, Sarah-Jane Mee

50202953._sy475_LONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke** WINNER
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
Because of You by Dawn French
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
Consent by Annabel Lyon
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
Luster by Raven Leilani
Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
Summer by Ali Smith
The Golden Rule by Amanda Craig


Judges: Mary Ann Sieghart, Pandora Sykes, Anita Sethi, Dorothy Koomson, Lorraine Candy

81xrxlrptjlLONGLIST (shortlist bolded)

The Book of Form & Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki** WINNER
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith
Careless by Kirsty Capes
Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé
Flamingo by Rachel Elliott
Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey
Salt Lick by Lulu Allison
The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
This One Sky Day by Leone Ross


Judges: Rachel Joyce, Bella Mackie, Louise Minchin, Irenosen Okojie, Tulip Siddiq


Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh
Children of Paradise by Camilla Grudova
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
Pod by Laline Paull
The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
Homesick by Jennifer Croft
The Dog of the North by Elizabeth McKenzie
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes
Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks
Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin
Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris
I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel
Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo


Fin.  I will hopefully keep this updated in future years.  And if you see any errors, typos, etc., please feel free to point them out.

Also, drop any thoughts you have about the Women’s Prize in the comments!

EDIT: I’ve included a spreadsheet if you want to keep track of how many you’ve read!


Go to file –> make a copy to save to your own google drive.


46 thoughts on “Women’s Prize for Fiction – Longlist History

  1. *sheds a single tear* So beautiful!

    Really though, this is so eye-opening. I see a bunch of books I’ve read and didn’t realized were long/shortlisted, and some names that surprised me (Philippa Gregory! Interesting). I need to update the excel sheet before I get kicked out of the group.

    And so many names get repeated over and over. Anything Atwood writes will end up in the list, it seems… I sense some foreboding.

    Again, thank you so much for compiling this, Rachel! This is really, really interesting for all of the 7 people who care.

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    • Yes I was saying to Hannah there has been so much more genre fiction longlisted back in the day than I realized! Not a ton of SFF but definitely a LOT of crime fiction, historical fiction, and literary historical romancey stuff like Gregory.

      Ugh Atwood…….. I’m scared.

      Thank GOD I have the 7 other people who are interested in this in my life 😂


  2. This is incredible! 🙂 The format is so easy to read, and I love being able to see the winner covers alongside the lists. Truly a masterpiece! And having all of these titles handy will definitely help me pick up more of them in the future.

    (I hadn’t realized Lucy Ellmann had been longlisted multiple times, that’s really encouraging for Ducks!)

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  3. I have got my own little very long term reading project for the women’s prize winners and shortlisted books (I drew the line at linglisted ones too). I put a page on my blog for me to keep track. There is such a variety of women writers on it, I don’t know how well I will get on. Seeing all the longlisted writers too in your list is fascinating. Very useful.

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  4. This is such a very good idea! I’m trying to read all the Women’s Prize winners, which are relatively straightforward, but their website is pretty dreadful and it’s so nice to have the full longlists in one place.

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    • I’ve got the same goal! I think I’ve only read 9 or so, but I do foresee a blog post ranking them all in the distant future.

      And ugh, yes, so hard to navigate! So much clicking! The 2015 page is a mess too, the longlist doesn’t load at all and I had to find that list on the Guardian.


      • I’ll be following for sure but I’m not aiming to read the nominees specifically. My current goal is more translations so I’ve got my eye on the International Booker longlist. I’m sure some of the Women’s Prize nominees will end up on my TBR though!

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  5. This is awesome. Thank you so much for your hard work! I saved a copy and input all my reading so far into it. Some of these longlists are really daunting — they used to pick 20, and even 16 feels long nowadays. The spreadsheet tells me I’ve read 136 in total, and DNFed 17. My average rating is 3.45, which seems about right. There are a few years where I’ve almost accidentally read the whole shortlist, and a few more where I’ve read all but one so it’ll be easy to complete the set.

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    • Oh yayyy this made my day, I’m always happy when this list is of interest to anyone! I’m SO IMPRESSED with your 136, I think I had around 58 at last count? It’s definitely interesting to see them all lined up next to each other! Looking back on the 20-longlist years is wild, even now 16 feels too big to me!


      • 1/4 of all books ever longlisted is impressive as hell as far as I’m concerned! And yes, agreed, I’d LOVE 12-book longlists. 16 is so many it neuters the impact slightly and it also makes me less interested in committing to the whole list, whereas 12 is much more manageable.


  6. Hi there, I absolutely love this post and your amazing spreadsheet. Thank you for sharing. I did find out that in 2012 there were 20 books longlisted though, so I think a few are missing but I’m not sure which ones.
    I hope you don’t mind me saying. I found your post the most comprehensive list I have found otherwise. 😊

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    • Hi Alice! I don’t mind at all and I appreciate it, the goal was to be as accurate as possible here since it’s so tricky to find this data anywhere else displayed in a coherent way. Anyway, I just checked the WP website and you’re totally right, I’m not sure how I missed those last 5… Just updated the post and the spreadsheet! Thanks again!

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      • Thank you for your reply. I can’t believe how difficult this information is to find so I really appreciated your post and spreadsheet gathering all of the lists together. Very excited for next week’s Longlist announcement. 😊📚


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