Dorothy Koomson is on the judging panel for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 announced on November 9, 2021.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes first handed out in 1996. 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 panel of judges was announced that included global bestselling novelist, journalist and podcaster Dorothy Koomson on Tuesday. Also on the panel were Chair of Judges, Mary Ann Sieghart, who is joined by Lorraine Candy, award-winning journalist and editor; Anita Sethi, award-winning author and literary journalist; and Pandora Sykes, journalist, broadcaster and author.
Dorothy Koomson is a contemporary English novelist who has been described as “Britain’s biggest selling black author of adult fiction.” Some of her books are The Cupid Effect (2003), The Chocolate Run (2004), My Best Friend’s Girl (2006), Marshmallows For Breakfast (2007), Goodnight, Beautiful (2008), The Ice Cream Girls (2010), The Woman He Loved Before (2011), The Rose Petal Beach (2012), The Flavours of Love (2013), That Girl From Nowhere (2015), When I Was Invisible (2015), The Friend (2017), The Beach Wedding (Quick Reads) (2018), The Brighton Mermaid (2018), Tell Me Your Secret (2019), All My Lies Are True (Ice Cream Girls 2) (2020). She is also the podcaster behind The Happy Author podcast.
“I was so shocked when they asked and I was really touched and really happy,” Koomson said on being asked to take part in the panel.
“I won’t want it to end but I also I want to race to the end to find out what happened,” she said of what she is looking in a book.
Watch the judges speaking in the below video;
The longlist will be announced on International Women’s Day (March 8th 2022).