Novelist Stacey Halls has won the most public votes for the Women’s Prize and Good Housekeeping Futures program after a year-long campaign by the partnership.
coinciding with Good household Celebrating the 100th anniversary, Futures was launched in January 2022 to spotlight the talent of the next generation of female writers, introduce them to a wider audience and support their careers. It was open to female writers aged 35 and under, living in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, who had published at least one novel.
Ten authors were named Futures 10 out of 100 that the editors had put forward. They included Jessica Andrews, Natasha Brown, Candice Carty-Williams, Eliza Clark, Abigail Dean, Naoise Dolan, Sairish Hussain, Daisy Johnson and Chibundu Onuzo.
Futures 10 were featured in Good Housekeepingit is February 2022 magazine and branded digital channels, with each author receiving an additional full-page interview in the monthly magazine, as well as social media and website support from both partners and Bookshop.org.
The jury was chaired by novelist and founding director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse. The judges included Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Gaby Huddart, Good Housekeeping book editor Joanne Finney, television and radio presenter Naga Munchetty and novelist Sara Collins.
Halls is the author of three novels. Born in Lancashire, she worked as a journalist before her debut, Familiars, was published in 2019 by Zaffre. It was the best-selling debut hardback novel of that year, it won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ Debut Book of the Year.
The foundling (Zaffre), his second novel, was also a Sunday time top ten bestsellers. Mrs England (Manilla Press), her most recent novel, is A Portrait of an Edwardian Wedding, and was a Waterstones Best Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize and the Portico Prize.
Halls said, “It’s a huge privilege to win anything reader-voted because readers are the reason we write in the first place, but to receive an award of this prestige is a dream come true. I have long been a fan of the Women’s Prize and Good Housekeeping, and being named a writer of the future – especially when I’m writing about the past – is a real thrill. As brands, they have tremendous respect and authority, and I can only hope some of their staying power rubs off on me.
“Stacey Halls is a writer of great originality, great imagination, and a great sense of place,” Mosse said. “Atmospheric, intelligent, accessible, each novel is worth reading, then reading again and again.”
Huddart added: “In Good Housekeepingit is 100th year, we felt it was important to celebrate our past, but also to look to the future with enthusiasm and encourage the next generation of women to excel in their respective fields. That’s why I was so thrilled to partner with the Women’s Prize for Fiction with the Futures initiative. The shortlist is full of brilliant writers, who have engaged and entertained the Good Housekeeping audience this year – all 10 of them deserve recognition for what they have achieved so far and it will be so exciting to see what they write next.
“To Stacey, Good Housekeeping readers have chosen a very worthy winner of this award and I have no doubt that she will be one of the UK’s greatest writers.