About the Women’s Prize for Fiction

  • Orange was title sponsor of the Prize between 1996 - 2012 and Baileys, the world’s first cream liqueur, was title sponsor from 2013 – 2017.
  • In May 2017, the Prize announced that it would be adopting a new sponsorship model.  From 2018, the Women’s Prize for Fiction will be supported by a family of sponsors, a group of leading brands and businesses from different sectors, rather than by a single title sponsor. Baileys, which has held the title sponsorship for the past four years, will be part of this family of sponsors.
  • The full line-up of sponsors will be announced - together with the programme of WPFF 2018 events - in January 2018.
  • The Prize’s spokesperson is novelist and WPFF Founder Director, Kate Mosse, Harriet Hastings is Managing Director and Amanda Johnson is Project Director.
  • The Prize’s board comprises of Joanna Prior (Chair), Alison Barrow, Harriet Hastings,Felicity Blunt (Company Secretary), Annie Coleman, Karen Jones CBE, Louise Jury, Martha Lane Fox CBE, Sandeep Mahal, Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Kate Mosse OBE and Anna Rafferty. Together they are responsible for the overall management and direction of the Prize and the sponsorship arrangements.
  • The Prize’s patrons are; Dame Gillian Beer DBE, Rosie Boycott, Liz Calder, Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Helen Fraser CBE, Fi Glover, Daisy Goodwin, Muriel Gray, Bettany Hughes, Paula Kahn, Martha Kearney, Jude Kelly OBE, Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC FRSA, Kirsty Lang, Sue MacGregor CBE, Sheena McDonald, Dame Jenni Murray DBE, Penny Perrick, Dame Gail Rebuck DBE, Miranda Richardson, Tessa Ross CBE, Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold, Ahdaf Soueif, Sandi Toksvig, Polly Toynbee, Joanna Trollope OBE and Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE.
  • The Prize’s Advisory Council comprises of Kate Mosse OBE, Clare Alexander, Jane Gregory, Susan Sandon and Carole Welch.
  • In November 2015, a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction saw Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, winner of the Prize in 2007, named ‘Best of the Best’ of the winners of the second decade of the Prize.
  • Andrea Levy was named ‘Best of the Best’ of the first decade of the Prize in 2005 for her novel Small Island, which won the Women's Prize in 2004.


Women's Prize for Fiction

Women's Prize for Fiction Announces 2018 Shortlist

London, 23 April 2018: The Women’s Prize for Fiction - one of the biggest international celebrations of women’s creativity in the world – today announces the 2018 shortlist. Now in its 23rd* year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world....

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