The fact that this is necessary irks me a little, but then another part of me thinks this is really cool. Maybe having different prizes is a way that we can appreciate differences-as long as we're clear that we're only getting a limited perspective. It's nice to see some of these authors getting attention (even though Hilary Mantel doesn't need it). Here's the Long List for the Women's Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize. Should we have an American prize for women writers? What do you think?