The Reading Room

For Writers

Writing Prompts from the Women’s Prize winners

Are you taking part in the #ReadingWomen challenge, to work your way through the backlist of winners in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for…

Fri 7 August, 2020


Help us make The Women’s Prize for Fiction Journal a reality

  We’re very excited to reveal that in honour of our 25th anniversary, we’ve just launched a crowdfunding campaign with publisher Unbound to create The Women’s Prize for Fiction Journal: Celebrating 25 years of #ReadingWomen….

Thu 23 July, 2020


A Bookseller’s Perspective

Waterstones’ Fiction Buyer Bea Carvahlo shares her thoughts on the #ReadingWomen campaign celebrating the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s 25th anniversary and the 2020 shortlist. At Waterstones, we have…

Fri 17 July, 2020


Writing activities inspired by the 2020 Shortlist

If you’ve loved any of the books of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, and are inspired to start writing yourself – perhaps even considering entering Discoveries–…

Thu 9 July, 2020


Contemporary writing as tomorrow’s classics

  Laura Barber is Deputy Publishing Director of Granta Books, where she publishes Jenny Offil, shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Weather. She is also…

Thu 9 July, 2020


Winning the Women’s Prize: One Year On

One year on from winning the Women’s Prize for Fiction with Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage, Publisher and Founder of Oneworld Publications, and Women’s Prize Trust Prize Circle…

Thu 25 June, 2020


Calling all budding writers! Discoveries launches for 2020

In honour of the 25th anniversary year for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and in recognition of untapped diverse and exceptional writing talent across the country, the Women’s…

Thu 18 June, 2020


Lexie Elliott: Juggling family, work and writing

  Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job…

Mon 30 March, 2020


Every Voice Matters: Hounslow Action for Youth

  As the Women’s Prize for Fiction has recently donated some books to community hub Hounslow Action for Youth, we asked facilitator Jacqueline Crooks to tell us about…

Fri 20 March, 2020


Diana Evans: Writing Tips

  Award-winning author (and 2019 Women’s Prize shortlistee) Diana Evans is one of the judges of our Grazia First Chapter competition this year. To inspire you to put…

Tue 10 March, 2020


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


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