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Announcing the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist

We’re thrilled to reveal the sixteen brilliant books that make up the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist on International Women’s Day! Picked by our fantastic 2018 judging panel, the longlist honours…

Thu 8 March, 2018


Inside the Penguin #LikeAWoman pop-up shop…

Penguin Books are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and International Women’s Day in style, with a week-long pop-up shop, selling only books by women. We were…

Wed 7 March, 2018


YouTubers predict our 2018 longlist!

At the Women’s Prize for Fiction, we’re lucky enough to work with a raft of brilliant bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers every year. One of our most favourite times…

Tue 6 March, 2018


Jo Prior on celebrating female creativity

Read on for a few words from Women’s Prize For Fiction Board Chair Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin General Books, on feminism, our new family of sponsors…

Thu 1 March, 2018


The Women’s Prize for Fiction announces 2018 partners

Last year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction  announced it would be adopting a new sponsorship model from 2018 that would see the Prize supported by a family of sponsors…

Thu 1 March, 2018


Kate Mosse: a new book & a new website!

Brilliant Women’s Prize for Fiction co-founder and bestselling author Kate Mosse will shortly be back with her latest novel The Burning Chambers, which publishes in May 2018. Kate’s brand…

Thu 15 February, 2018


Votes for Women: Our 2018 judges on what suffrage means to them

Today we’re celebrating 100 years since some British women finally won the right to vote with some inspiring thoughts from our 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction judges. Under the…

Tue 6 February, 2018


100 years of the vote with Penguin Women Writers

Today the rather beautiful Penguin Women Writers series is out! Here’s editor Isabel Wall to tell you a little bit about why she wanted to publish a series…

Thu 1 February, 2018


Denise Mina’s 5 Under-Appreciated Scottish Women Writers

Happy Burns Night one and all! To mark the occasion, Scottish crime writer, playwright and 2014 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge, Denise Mira has put together a list of…

Thu 25 January, 2018


Celebrating 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

This year marks the 200th anniversary since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered by many to be one of literature’s greatest novels. Brought up by her father, Mary…

Thu 18 January, 2018


Bookshelfie: Tania Harrison

On this week’s bookshelfie, we caught up with the brilliant Tania Harrison, Arts Curator at Latitude Festival. Tania is responsible for curating and booking the cultural programme (a mammoth…

Thu 11 January, 2018


Our top 10 quotes from 2017

It’s no secret that 2017 has been a great year for women’s fiction, we’ve had new novels from Women’s Prize winners Ali Smith and Zadie Smith, 4 out…

Thu 28 December, 2017


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