Two Nigerians, Yewande Omotoso and Ayobami Adebayo, have been longlisted for the £30,000 rich Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction. Yewande Omotoso is longlisted for her second novel The Woman Next Door and Ayobami Adebayo for her debut novel Stay With Me.
The longlist of 16, selected from the 189 submissions received, has a number of literary heavyweights including award-winning Canadian author Margaret Atwood and three previous winners. Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me is one of only three debut novels, and Yewande Omotoso’s The Woman Next Door is one of the four second novels making an appearance on the longlist.
The Chair of Judges Tessa Ross said coming up with the list of 16 was a bit of a task because a large number of books with extraordinary quality were sent in for this year’s prize.
The Guardian reports that the submissions for this year saw a significant increase from a submission average of 150 from previous years.
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the prize in 2007 for Half of a Yellow Sun and in 2015 she was named by the prize as the best winner of the prize for fiction in the last decade. British author Zadie Smith won the prize the year before Adichie for her novel On Beauty.
See the Longlist below:
Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò (Canongate)
The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth)
Little Deaths by Emma Flint (Picador)
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (Serpent’s Tail)
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (Virago)
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose (Corsair)
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan (4th Estate)
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (Chatto & Windus)
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill (riverrun)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)
Barkskins by Annie Proulx (4th Estate)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Granta)
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)