Publisher Information

The Women’s Prize for Fiction runs from September – when the Society of Authors calls for entries on behalf of the Prize – to June, when the winner is announced at the award ceremony.

Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible. Novels must be published in the United Kingdom between 1 April in the year the Prize calls for entries, and 31 March the following year, when the Prize is announced.

Full details, including the Terms and Conditions of the Prize and instructions of how to enter, are hosted here: http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/about/rules

The Prize only accepts novels entered by publishers, who may each submit a maximum of two titles per imprint and one title for imprints with a list of five fiction titles or fewer published in a year.

Previously shortlisted authors will now be given a ‘free pass’, in addition to existing free-passes for previous winners. Since the beginning of the prize in 1996, there have been 22 shortlists, and so this change now opens the prize to free pass entry from a potential 103 writers, including previous winners.

Publishers are also notified that they can submit by email, and are sent regular reminders ahead of the deadline. If you are a publisher and would like to be added to this database please email womensprize@societyofauthors.org. Please also notify us if your details need amending, especially if the person responsible for submissions has changed.

From the entries submitted each year, the judging panel will select a longlist of up to 20 titles, a shortlist of up to six and one winner. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

For the full 2018 terms and conditions of entry click here >

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