The Reading Room

For Writers


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

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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

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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

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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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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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Georgina Roberts: On Juggling Writing, Motherhood and Work


  Georgina Roberts won the First Chapter competition in 2017, selected from 700 entries from aspiring female writers. Award-winning, bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell, set up the story, called…

Thu 20 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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Our Grazia First Chapter competition is open for 2020


  They say that everyone has a novel in them. And, if you have ever dreamed of getting that novel published, this could be the push you need…

Thu 20 February, 2020

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Maia Jenkins: On winning our Grazia First Chapter Competition


  Maia Jenkins is a writer currently living and working in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Women’s Prize x Grazia First Chapter…

Fri 31 January, 2020

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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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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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