Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien and Sarah Perry are among the many 16 finalists for this yr’s worldwide Girls’s Prize for Fiction.
Atwood’s Shakespeare-inspired Hag-Seed is nominated alongside Perry’s The Essex Serpent, which was named Waterstones E book of the 12 months in 2016.
Solely three debut novelists – Ayobami Adebayo, Emma Flint and Fiona Melrose – have made the longlist.
The contenders might be whittled all the way down to a shortlist on three April.
The winner of the £30,000 prize will then be introduced on 7 June.
This yr’s judges are Aminatta Forna, Katie Derham, Tessa Ross, Sam Baker and Sara Pascoe.
The prize is open to feminine English-language writers from all over the world, and this yr’s longlist contains authors from Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, the US, the UK and Eire.
This yr’s prize is the final one which might be sponsored by Baileys.
The corporate announced earlier this year it had “regretfully determined to make approach for a brand new sponsor” with a purpose to work on new international initiatives.
Lisa McInerney won the prize last year together with her debut novel, The Superb Heresies.
- Keep With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
- The Energy by Naomi Alderman
- Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
- Little Deaths by Emma Flint
- The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
- The Darkish Circle by Linda Grant
- The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
- Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
- The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan
- The Lady Subsequent Door by Yewande Omotoso
- The Lonely Hearts Lodge by Heather O’Neill
- The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
- Barkskins by Annie Proulx
- First Love by Gwendoline Riley
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
- The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain