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Women's Prize for Fiction archives: the best since 1996

Since 1996, the Women's Prize for Fiction has recognized and celebrated the best female writers around the world. Bestselling novelist and playwright Kate Mosse founded the Prize to champion women writers in what was then a male dominated awards scene. Despite representing 60% of books published, by 1992 only 10% of authors shortlisted for Booker Prize were women. While representation of women and BIPOC authors on award lists has improved over the years, the Women's Prize for Fiction continues to play a crucial role in shining a spotlight on outstanding writers. Discover amazing stories from the likes of Zadie Smith, Carol Shields, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more.

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Women's Prize for Fiction winners

By Yaa Gyasi
2021
By Maggie O'Farrell
2020
By Tayari Jones
2019
By Kamila Shamsie
2018
By Naomi Alderman
2017
By Lisa McInerney
2016
By Ali Smith
2015
By Eimear McBride
2014
By A.M. Homes
2013
By Madeline Miller
2012
By Tea Obreht
2011
By Barbara Kingsolver
2010
By Marilynne Robinson
2009
By Rose Tremain
2008
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2007
By Zadie Smith
2006
By Lionel Shriver
2005
By Andrea Levy
2004
By Valerie Martin
2003
By Ann Patchett
2002
By Kate Grenville
2001
By Linda Grant
2000
By Suzanne Berne
1999
By Carol Shields
1998
By Anne Michaels
1997
By Helen Dunmore
1996

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