News reaches me this afternoon that the judging panel has been announced for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009. As I’m sure you already know, the Orange Prize is for the best novel by a woman. The panel will be chaired by Radio 4 presenter Fi Glover. She will be joined by:
- Bidisha (writer and novelist)
- Sarah Churchwell (journalist and academic)
- Kira Cochrane (journalist)
- Martha Lane Fox (entrepeneur)
For the 2009 Orange Prize, novels must be published in the UK between 1st April 2008 and 31st March 2009. The prize is administered by Booktrust, the UK charity for books and reading. The winner snags £30,000 and a bronze figurine called Bessie.
I think it’s a really nicely mixed panel this year (and no Lily Allen!). Thanks to a mountainous heap of uni work I am quite behind on my contemporary fiction, so I’m not sure who might be in the running for this. My Christmas read, The Behaviour of Moths, has been nominated for the Costa First Novel award, and has been receiving plaudits left, right, and centre, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw that on the Orange list.
The longlist is announced on 18 March 2009, the shortlist on 21 April 2009, and the winner is revealed on 3 June 2009. There will also be the separate prize for the best new female writer, and the shortlist for that is announced on 7 April 2009.