2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner Revealed

By June 8, 2017Literary Awards, News

This year is the twentieth year of the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction and the year has been marked by several big events. Originally called the Orange Prize, Bailey’s took over in 2014 keeping the important award for women’s writers alive.

Last night the 2017 winner, the twentieth winner of the prize was announced as British author Naomi Alderman for her fourth novel The Power. The decision was announced at an awards ceremony at Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre, London where the author was presented with her £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine.

The shortlisted books were announced back in early April, and are receiving rave reviews from readers. It’s from this shortlist that the winner is chosen.

It’s the second time Naomi Alderman has won the coveted prize. In 2006, the authors debut novel collected the Orange Prize for New Writers.

The Power is Alderman’s fourth novel , a sci-fi novel that sees a power twist in society. Suddenly teenage girls find they can inflict pain and death with a flick of their fingers and what follows has been described as The Handmaid’s Tale for the Gone Girl generation. Margaret Atwood herself called the novel ‘electrifying’, and what is now certain is that it’ll be a bestseller.

8 Novels That We Think Could be Award Winners in 2018

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We’re still early in the year and that means months and months of exciting new releases, and all the literary awards of 2018 are still ahead of us. With this in mind, today we thought we’d combine the two and see if we can pick out some novels coming in 2018 that we also think may be up for some of this year’s big literary awards, allowing you addicts to stay ahead of the game. Read More

National Book Awards to Open to Translated Works

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The National Book Foundation Board for the prestigious US prize has announced that the awards will establish a fifth National Book Award for translated works of fiction, and nonfiction published in the USA.

The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More

Costa Book of the Year Posthumously Awarded to Helen Dunmore

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The British poet, novelist, and children’s writer, Helen Dunmore, has been posthumously awarded the 2017 Costa Book of the Year Award for her tenth and final poetry collection, called Inside the Wave. The Costa Awards recognise writers from the UK and Ireland and the overall book of the year is selected from the winners of each category of novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book. Read More

Carrie Fisher Posthumously Wins Grammy Award

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was hosted yesterday in New York and saw the likes of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Foo Fighters all win big that night. Though she may be more well known for acting rather than music, Carrie Fisher was awarded the Grammy for Best Spoken Word album for her audiobook recording of The Princess Diarist, which is a memoir comprised of diary entries from when she was shooting the original Star Wars films. Read More

New Book Prize Announced For Thrillers In Which No Woman Is Violently Exploited

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The Staunch Book Prize has been announced for 2018, for a very specific type of novel.

Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:

As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”

The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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