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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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‘A Real Stand-Out Moment in My Life’: Sue Wallman


  Sue Wallman’s journey to publication took eight years, and picked up pace when she won The Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award in 2013. Having worked…

Sun 16 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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The Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast is back


  In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we’re delighted to be launching the first of 25 new episodes of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast, in partnership with…

Wed 29 January, 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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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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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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