The Women’s Prize for Fiction announces funding and new partnerships for 2013

London, Monday 8th October 2012: Now in its eighteenth year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.  Known from 1996 to 2012 as the Orange Prize for Fiction, it is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman and also provides a range of educational, literacy or research initiatives to support reading and writing.

Today it is announced that, for 2013, the Prize will be privately funded while headline sponsorship negotiations for 2014 and beyond are concluded. Funding has been provided in the form of gifts from companies and individual donors. Supporters include: Bilbary, Bob & Co, Richard & Elena Bridges, Cherie Blair, Christopher Foyle, Jill Green, Martha Lane Fox, Lansons Communications, Joanna Trollope, Sue Woodford-Hollick and others who wish to remain anonymous.

Kate Mosse, Chair of the Women’s Prize for Fiction board, said, “We were overwhelmed with interest from potential headline sponsors. However, it became clear sponsorship budgets for next year were already committed, so we took the decision to privately fund the Prize for 2013 while we finalized our arrangements for 2014 and beyond. We are delighted that such a wide range of people are supporting this exceptional year and thank them for their support.”

The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 is also very pleased to announce a new partnership with Google who will be working with the organisers on a number of new initiatives which will support the prize’s ambition of reaching a wider, international audience.  Google’s platforms such as Google+ and YouTube, will help to connect authors and judges with a large online audience from around the world.

WPF 2013 will also be continuing its successful, long-term partnerships with Southbank Centre, Grazia magazine, The Reading Agency and Book Trust, who have administered the Prize since 1996.

The WPF is also delighted to welcome four new members to the Women’s Prize for Fiction Board – Felicity Blunt, Karen Jones, Nicola Mendelsohn and Joanna Prior.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 is awarded annually for the best full novel of the year written by a woman and published in the UK. Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible.

The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 will be awarded on June 5th at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London following a series of public events.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION BOARD

  • The Prize’s board comprises of Kate Mosse (Chair), Clare Alexander, Felicity Blunt, Jane Gregory (Company Secretary), Harriet Hastings (Managing Director), Karen Jones, Martha Lane Fox, Nicola Mendelsohn, Joanna Prior, Susan Sandon and Carole Welch.

WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION PATRONS

  • The Prize’s patrons are; Dame Gillian Beer DBE, Professor Lisa Jardine CBE, Jude Kelly OBE, Helena Kennedy Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC FRSA, Sue MacGregor CBE, Dame Jenni Murray DBE, Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE, Rosie Boycott, Liz Calder, Fi Glover, Daisy Goodwin, Muriel Gray, Bettany Hughes, Paula Kahn, Martha Kearney, Kirsty Lang, Sheena McDonald, Penny Perrick, Dame Gail Rebuck DBE, Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold, Ahdaf Soueif, Sandi Toksvig, Polly Toynbee and Joanna Trollope.