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Women's Prize for Fiction: Margaret Atwood among finalists

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Image caption Madeleine Thien and Margaret Atwood are among this year's nominees

Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien and Sarah Perry are among the 16 finalists for this year's international Women's Prize for Fiction.

Atwood's Shakespeare-inspired Hag-Seed is nominated alongside Perry's The Essex Serpent, which was named Waterstones Book of the Year in 2016.

Only three debut novelists - Ayobami Adebayo, Emma Flint and Fiona Melrose - have made the longlist.

The contenders will be whittled down to a shortlist on 3 April.

Image caption This year's judges include (l-r) Katie Derham, Tessa Ross, Sam Baker and Sara Pascoe

The winner of the £30,000 prize will then be announced on 7 June.

This year's judges are Aminatta Forna, Katie Derham, Tessa Ross, Sam Baker and Sara Pascoe.

The prize is open to female English-language writers from around the world, and this year's longlist includes authors from Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, the US, the UK and Ireland.

This year's prize is the last one that will be sponsored by Baileys.

The company announced earlier this year it had "regretfully decided to make way for a new sponsor" in order to work on new global projects.

Lisa McInerney won the prize last year with her debut novel, The Glorious Heresies.

The longlist in full

  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  • Little Deaths by Emma Flint
  • The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
  • The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
  • Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
  • The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  • The Lonely Hearts Hotel 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

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