Shortlist released for The Women’s Prize 2024

Book Brief | Apr 2024

The shortlisted authors and books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. The list was whittled down from a longlist of 16.

The shortlist is as follows:

The Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist logoThe Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright (Irish) – Read a book review

Brotherless Night by V V Ganeshananthan (American) – Find out more

Restless Dolly Maunder by Kate Grenville (Australian) – Read a book review

Enter Ghost by Isabella Hammad (British) – Find out more

Soldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy (Irish) – Find out more

River East, River West by Aube Rey Lescure (American / French) – Find out more



The Women’s Prize Trust enriches society by creating equitable opportunities for women in the world of books and beyond.

As a registered charity, we improve access to and appreciation of women’s writing for all readers, providing an awards platform that champions brilliant women writers and role models while nurturing a supportive, global community of readers and writers.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the greatest celebration of female creativity in the world.

Watch the video below to hear the judges of the 2024 Prize talking about the six spellbinding books on the shortlist this year.

The judging panel for the 2024 Prize is chaired by author Monica Ali. She is joined by author Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀; author and illustrator Laura Dockrill; actor Indira Varma; and presenter and author Anna Whitehouse.

Six spellbinding books make up the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist capturing between their pages the enormous breadth of the human experience.

Many of the books depict characters who are navigating seismic changes in their identity, undergoing a process of self-reckoning and self-acceptance, with several also dealing with the inheritance of trauma and the resilience of women in overcoming the weight of the past. Half of the books in this year’s fiction shortlist also explore the migrant experience through different lenses, offering deeply moving, yet distinct, explorations of race, identity and family, of the West’s false promise and the magnetism of home.

The shortlist encompasses stories that both focus on intimate family relationships, as well as those that convey a sweep of history, always with an eye on the particularity of women’s experience, whether in the home or in the context of war and political upheaval.

Visit The Women’s Prize For Fiction website

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