Women’s Prize for Fiction reveal 2021 shortlist


Posted on 29th April 2021

As partners of Women's Prize for Fiction we are delighted to announce that the 2021 shortlist includes six writers who have never previously been shortlisted.

This year’s shortlist includes two British authors, two American, one Barbadian, and one Ghanaian/ American author. The six books have been selected by the Chair of judges Bernardine Evaristoand her judging panel: podcaster, author and journalist, Elizabeth Day; TV and radio presenter, journalist and writer, Vick Hope; print columnist and writer, Nesrine Malik; and news presenter and broadcaster, Sarah-Jane Mee.

Chair of judges and novelist Bernardine Evaristo, said:

Coming up with a longlist of sixteen books for this prize was relatively easy compared to whittling the selection down to six novels, which by necessity demands more consensus. Sadly, we had to lose so many exceptional books that we loved. However, with this shortlist, we are excited to present a gloriously varied and thematically rich exploration of women’s fiction at its finest. These novels will take the reader from a rural Britain left behind to the underbelly of a community in Barbados; from inside the hectic performance of social media to inside a family beset by addiction and oppression; from a tale of racial hierarchy in America to a mind-expanding tale of altered perceptions. Fiction by women defies easy categorisation or stereotyping, and all of these novels grapple with society’s big issues expressed through thrilling storytelling. We feel passionate about them, and we hope readers do too.

The six shortlisted books are:

  • The Vanishing Half – by Brit Bennett
  • Piranesi – by Susanna Clarke
  • Unsettled Ground – by Claire Fuller
  • Transcendent Kingdom – by Yaa Gyasi
  • How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House – by Cherie Jones
  • No One is Talking About This – by Patricia Lockwood

Find out more about the shortlist on the Women’s Prize website.

Blake Morgan – partner of Women’s Prize for Fiction

After many years of supporting the Women’s Prize for Fiction behind the scenes, leading law firm Blake Morgan is now a partner of, and the Official Legal Provider to, the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Blake Morgan recognises the need for continued promotion of gender equality, making them an ideal partner for the Prize.

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