The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

Women's prize for fiction 


The 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist has been announced! Now in its 25th year recent winners have included Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerny and Ali Smith.


The prize is one of the most prestigious in the world and celebrates any full length fiction, written by a women throughout the world. Acclaimed novelist and playwright, Kate Mosse is the Founder Director of the award, which was set up after the Booker Prize short list in 1991 included no women at all. The judging panel, is also exclusively made up of women, as the founders wanted to celebrate the critical views of women as well as their creative talent.


This year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the prize, there are a number of campaigns to get the public involved, including a #ReadingWomen, an online bookclub, which sets participants the challenge of reading the books by past winners of the Women’s Prize. This will culminate in the public voting for the ‘Winner of Winners’ in Autumn. There is also a new Women’s Prize podcast available at


The winner of the Women’s Prize for Ficiton receives £30,000, and a limited edition bronze figurine called the ‘Bessie’. All six shortlisted authors receive a bespoke leather-bound edition of their novel created by Christine Cleaton.


The Winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Literature will be announced on the 9th of September.


The shortlisted authors and novels for 2020 are:

  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Available on BorrowBox as an eBook and eAudiobook)

  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Available on BorrowBox as an eBook and eAudiobook)

  • Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell (will be available shortly at Offaly Libraries)

  • Weather by Jenny Offill (will be available shortly at Offaly Libraries)


Find out more about the shortlist