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Eimear McBride: a Q&A with our 2014 winner


2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and we’re celebrating a quarter of a century of phenomenal winners. We caught up with 2014 winner…

Mon 2 March, 2020

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Announcing the 2020 Women’s Prize longlist…


  We’re absolutely delighted to reveal this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist! This year’s longlist of sixteen brilliant novels honours both new and well-established writers and a…

Mon 2 March, 2020

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25 Years of the Women’s Prize: A Message from Helen Dunmore’s Estate


Helen Dunmore was the very first winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, in 1996, back when it was known as the Orange Prize. Helen won with her…

Fri 21 February, 2020

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From First Chapter to First Novel: Luan Goldie


  Luan Goldie was born in Glasgow but has lived in East London for most of her life. She is a primary school teacher, and formerly a business…

Thu 20 February, 2020

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Women Writers Revisited: Dolly Alderton on Nora Ephron


  Welcome to our regular feature Women Writers Revisited, a segment in which brilliant women tell us the female writers who have inspired them. Next up, 2019 Women’s…

Mon 13 January, 2020

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Helen Taylor: Why do women read novels?


  To us, and many of you, reading fiction is like breathing – something we would struggle to live without. But why is it that novels are so…

Fri 10 January, 2020

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Women Writers Revisited: Kamila Shamsie on Sara Suleri


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

Fri 20 December, 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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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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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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A Q&A with Tayari Jones


Tayari Jones has been shortlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction with An American Marriage. We caught up with Tayari to discuss writing characters that feel real, broaching…

Fri 17 May, 2019

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Jen Campbell reads from her new poetry collection


  In need of a bit of literary inspiration? Look no further, the fantastic author, poet and YouTuber Jen Campbell’s first ever poetry collection,  The Girl Aquarium, has…

Tue 14 May, 2019

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