Jesmyn Ward, Arundhati Roy, Jennifer Egan on the 16-person 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction longlist

The annual £30,000 UK prize highlights the best in English-language fiction by international women authors.
Jesmyn Ward, Arundhati Roy and Jennifer Egan are on the longlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 (Beowulf Sheehan/Wikimedia Commons/Facebook)

March 8 is International Women's Day — and it's also the day the longlist for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction is announced. The UK-based annual £30,000 award (approx. $53,665 Cdn) for fiction written by women, previously known as the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, is open to international authors and judged by an all-woman jury. 

This year, 16 authors made the 2018 longlist, including Jesmyn Ward, for Sing, Unburied, Sing, Arundhati Roy, for The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, and Jennifer Egan, for Manhattan Beach.

Here is the complete 2018 longlist:

  • 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 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

There are no Canadians on this year's longlist. Past Canadian winners of the prize include Anne Michaels and Carol Shields. The 2018 winner will be announced on June 6, 2018.


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