Support access to the best writing by women for all readers as a Prize Circle Patron

Over its 25-year-history, The Women’s Prize for Fiction has supported readers through free resources, live events, and promotional material for libraries and bookshops. This includes subsidising readers most in need, whether that’s a group of socially isolated new parents, midwives who use books to connect with colleagues outside of work, or young readers in secondary schools. With a donation of £5000 and over, you can help us enable access to great writing by women for everyone and build diverse audiences for live literature events, as we continue working with our longstanding partner The Reading Agency.

Your gift is a donation, which for UK tax-payers Gift Aid can be claimed against, adding to its value*. In recognition of your support we will be delighted to acknowledge you as a Women’s Prize Circle Patron on our website and in our programmes. We’d also like to invite you to join us through unique invitations and opportunities to explore our work. These include:

  • Two tickets to the sell-out shortlist readings
  • Be our guest at the shortlist celebration party
  • An invitation to the glamorous award ceremony, where the winner is announced
  • An invitation to our annual patrons’ event celebrating International Women’s Day, an opportunity to meet the judges and some of the longlisted authors
  • Receiving a complimentary set of the shortlisted books
  • Association with our talent development outreach, with activity reports
  • Quarterly digital updates on the impact of the programmes you have funded, and be ‘in-the-know’ with our latest news and campaigns
  • A thank-you for your generous support on our website

If you would like to discuss becoming a Patron, please contact Claire Shanahan at

*Each level of support in the Patrons’ programme include a benefits portion which represents the cost of the scheme to the Trust and a suggested donation. The benefits can be purchased separately at the stated price; to do so, please use the contact details overleaf. The remaining balance is a suggested donation and is eligible for Gift Aid, which means we can claim 25p for every £1 you donate. For the Prize Circle Patron level, the split is: donation £4670, benefits £330.

In a culture that still gives most of the big prizes to men, we still need an award in the arts just for women. It’s in everyone’s interest to even the score.

Laurie Penny - 2016 Judge

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  • Property
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  • On Beauty
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  • Half of a Yellow Sun
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  • The Lacuna
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  • May We Be Forgiven
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  • How to be Both
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  • The Power
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  • Home Fire
    8% 244 / 2.7k
  • An American Marriage
    8% 242 / 2.7k
  • Hamnet
    0% 13 / 2.7k
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