UPDATE: The 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize shortlist has been announced with these six titles in contention for the prize to be awarded on June 3, 2015.
How many novels do you have to write to earn a place on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist? Turns out one (good one) is enough. Guardian.com helpfully included the number of novels each of the 20 longlisted contenders have written, and five of the 20 authors are debut novelists. In fact, there are more first timers on the list than authors with multiple titles to their credit.
The judges — Shami Chakrabarti (Chair of Judges), Laura Bates, Grace Dent, Cathy Newman, and inaugural winner of the 1996 Orange Prize Helen Dunmore — will winnow the 20-strong longlist to six finalists before selecting one winner to be announced on June 3, 2015. The winner will receive a £30,000 check and a limited edition bronze ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both the financial award and the Bessie are anonymously endowed.
Here’s the list:
Outline by Rachel Cusk – 8th novel
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans – 4th novel
Aren’t We Sisters? by Patricia Ferguson – 8th novel
I Am China by Xiaolu Guo – 6th novel
Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey – 3rd novel
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – 1st novel
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – 4th novel
The Offering by Grace McCleen – 3rd novel
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman – 3rd novel
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill – 2nd novel
The Bees by Laline Paull – 1st novel
The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips – 2nd Novel
The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert – 3rd novel
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie – 6th novel
How to be Both by Ali Smith – 6th novel
The Shore by Sara Taylor – 1st novel
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – 20th novel
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – 6th novel
After Before by Jemma Wayne – 1st novel
The Life of a Banana by PP Wong – 1st novel