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.
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
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.