Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

The shortlist for the first Women’s Prize for Fiction under their new sponsor has been announced…

Womens Prize 2014

The Lowland by Jhumpa The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Undertaking by Audrey Magee Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


This year’s shortlist sees debut novelists Audrey MageeEimear McBride and Hannah Kent go head to head with literary heavyweights Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieDonna Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Every book on this year’s list, bar The Undertaking, has been previously nominated for a major award – A Girl is a Half-formed Thing was on the inaugural Folio Prize listBurial Rites was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; The Lowland made it to the Man Booker shortlist; whilst Americanah beat Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch to the American National Book Critics’ Circle Award last year.

The winner, to be announced on 4th June, will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven.


The shortlist in full

AmericanahChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Burial RitesHannah Kent

The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri

The Undertaking, Audrey Magee

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt


5 thoughts on “Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

    • I agree. One of the women in the photo looks very like like Caitlin Moran, a favourite Times columnist of mine. If it is indeed her, then is she a judge or a competitor? Mike Kirkman.

      • Hi all,
        I’m not sure I follow as there’s no photo of any women posted in this article – just the book jackets and logo of the prize. However, the judges for the prize this year were Helen Fraser (Chair), Caitlin Moran, Denise Mina, Mary Beard and Sophie Raworth. I hope that helps.



        • Hi Dan,
          I think like me the ladies above are referring to the photo that came in the Waterstones enewsletter to our email addresses.

          I clicked on the photo which linked me here for more info…and I did so with hopes that each woman in the shortlist would have a pic and some bio info. Only to find this page!

          Oh, well, thanks for the names of the judges :-)

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