Publisher Information

The Women’s Prize for Fiction runs from September — when we calls for entries – 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. Our statement on eligibility for the Prize can be read here.

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 and winning authors are given a ‘free pass’.

Submissions for the 2021 Prize are closed, and submissions for the 2022 Prize will open in the autumn. 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 submissions@womensprizeforfiction.co.uk. 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 16 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.

If you are a publisher and have a nominated book this year, you can download our 2021 stickers and brand guidelines here. Please email Prize Manager Rosie Beaumont-Thomas with any other queries: rosie@womensprizeforfiction.co.uk.