Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo was announced as the chair of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 on October 21, 2020. On her panel are Elizabeth Day, Vick Hope, Nesrine Malik, and Sarah-Jane Mee.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction started in 1996, is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes. It is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year. Previous winners of the prize include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, and Ali Smith.

The judges for the 2010 edition were announced on Wednesday with Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo recruited as chair. The panel includes Elizabeth Day, podcaster, author and journalist; Vick Hope, TV and Radio presenter, journalist and writer; Nesrine Malik, Guardian columnist and writer; and Sarah-Jane Mee, Sky news presenter and broadcaster.

“I absolutely love the Women’s Prize for Fiction and I am delighted to be chairing it,” Evaristo said.

Also speaking about the panel was Vick Hope who said, “It’s a massive honour, and I’m so happy to be in a position to celebrate and life women’s voices.”

The longlist for the prize will be announced on March 10, 2020.