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Meet the 2020 Women's Prize judges

We're delighted to announce the judging panel for the 25th year of the Women's Prize for Fiction. The Chair of Judges for 2020 ...

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An exclusive read from Margaret Atwood

  We're beyond excited for the new Margaret Atwood novel The Testaments, publishing today. The long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, few novels ...

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Listen to our special Latitude Festival podcast episode

  Missed out on this year's Latitude Festival? Never fear! We're bringing you the highlights from the Suffolk-based music and performing arts festival ...

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Meet the 2020 Women's Prize judges

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An exclusive read from Margaret Atwood

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Tayari and Kate

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“The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the prize that gets to the places that other prizes don’t get. It has a radar out on the world that the other prizes sometimes just miss.”


Ali Smith, 2015 winner

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Ali Smith, 2015 winner

“We love the Women’s Prize because it’s a unique opportunity to celebrate women’s writing all over world.”


Paula Hawkins

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Paula Hawkins

“The Women’s Prize has really changed my career in every conceivable way. It’s an amazing prize, long may it continue.”


Naomi Alderman, 2017 winner

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Naomi Alderman, 2017 winner

“We want women to be supported, celebrated and we want their voices to be heard.”


Tessa Ross, 2017 chair of judges

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Tessa Ross, 2017 chair of judges

“On behalf of all the writers whose lives have been changed by this Prize, and all the readers, and let’s face it, the literary culture itself, I want to raise a Bessie to Kate and the Women’s Prize for Fiction.”


Kamila Shamsie, 2018 winner

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Kamila Shamsie, 2018 winner

The Women's Prize for Fiction


The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating & honouring women’s fiction.

Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate originality, accessibility & excellence in writing by women and to connect world-class writers with readers everywhere.

The Women's Prize Podcast


Tune into Dolly Alderton, Scarlett Curtis and more on our new podcast

Key Dates


Longlist Announced

02 Mar

Shortlist Announced

22 Apr

Winner Announced

03 Jun

The Women's Prize for Fiction


The Reading Room


Explore author interviews, guest posts from brilliant women and more on our blog

Meet the 2020 Women’s Prize judges


We’re delighted to announce the judging panel for the 25th year of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Chair of Judges for 2020 will be businesswoman, philanthropist and…

Wed 6 November, 2019

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Readers’ Responses to An American Marriage


  The Women’s Prize for Fiction showcases great writing by women to everyone and we know that the winner of the 2019 Prize, An American Marriage by Tayari…

Tue 5 November, 2019

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Fiction Mistressclass with Bernardine Evaristo


  The Women’s Prize for Fiction presented a Fiction Mistressclass with Bernadine Evaristo at Latitude festival in Suffolk over the summer. Bernardine is an award-winning author and Professor…

Tue 5 November, 2019

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An exclusive read from Margaret Atwood


  We’re beyond excited for the new Margaret Atwood novel The Testaments, publishing today. The long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, few novels have been more anticipated than…

Tue 10 September, 2019

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Sara Pascoe: Sex Power Money


  Award-winning comedian and 2017 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Sara Pascoe is back with a brand new book. Read on for an exclusive sneak peek, and a…

Tue 3 September, 2019

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Women Writers Revisited: Bidisha on Iris Murdoch


  Welcome to our regular new feature Women Writers Revisited, a segment in which brilliant women associated with the Women’s Prize tell us the overlooked female writers who…

Fri 2 August, 2019

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[From left to right: Bernadine Evaristo, Kate Williams, Viv Groskop and Scarlett Curtis]

Listen to our special Latitude Festival podcast episode


  Missed out on this year’s Latitude Festival? Never fear! We’re bringing you the highlights from the Suffolk-based music and performing arts festival on our latest podcast episode….

Fri 26 July, 2019

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Announcing the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner


Without further ado, we’re delighted to reveal that Tayari Jones has won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction with An American Marriage. At tonight’s awards ceremony hosted in…

Wed 5 June, 2019

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Clare Alexander on having three books in the running for the Women’s Prize


  Literary agent extraordinaire Clare Alexander has been involved in the Women’s Prize for Fiction since it’s founding 24 years ago, and this year three books that she…

Wed 5 June, 2019

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Highlights from the Women’s Prize Shortlist Readings


Last night, in the wonderful surroundings of Cadogan Hall, the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlisted authors gathered together to read from and discuss their nominated books ahead of…

Tue 4 June, 2019

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Celebrities Review the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist


  The 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction winner will be announced tonight, and ahead of the big reveal we asked six well-known faces to review each book on…

Tue 4 June, 2019

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A Q&A with Anna Burns


  Anna Burns has been shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Milkman. We caught up with Anna to discuss characters appearing fully formed and the…

Fri 31 May, 2019

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