About Us

Welcome to the home of women’s voices. 

The Women’s Prize Trust’s mission is to change the world through books by women, opening up pathways into reading and writing for the storytellers and booklovers of tomorrow. 

The registered charity behind the Women’s Prize for Fiction – the greatest celebration of women’s creativity in the world for over two decades – we empower all women to raise their voice and own their story, regardless of their background. 

We support women writers at all stages of development, providing coaching, inspiration and networks, to unlock potential, boost confidence and increase skills. We offer creative and accessible ways into fiction-writing, seeking to diversify the talent pipeline through development programmes such as Discoveries and our ‘Mistressclass’ writing workshops.

We work with all readers, prioritising access to and engagement with books by women for those who need them most, in order to increase empathy, expand imaginations and empower connection. We provide free books, reading group resources, and showcase the very best writing through an online library that illuminates diverse perspectives.

As a result, we are developing a global community of writers and readers, reducing social isolation and enhancing mental health and wellbeing.

Click here to read more about our work with readers and writers, and click here to read the Women’s Prize for Fiction origin story.

Our organisational values are:
Excellence: showcasing female creativity and giving women’s writing the platform and audience it deserves
Community: coming together to support and raise each other up
Celebration: championing the achievements and cultural contributions of women
Accessibility: equity of opportunities for all women
Insight: sharing knowledge to build development and understanding

Click on the banners below to meet the Women’s Prize Trust team and board of trustees.

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With your support, we can shine a spotlight on outstanding, ambitious, original fiction by women.


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We know that both reading and writing, and our work around them: 

  • Develops communication skills
  • Increases confidence
  • Supports health and wellbeing
  • Encourages empathy and insight
  • Fosters connections, relationships and networks
  • And ultimately contributes towards creating a thriving cultural economy, and a more equal and diverse society.

In hard numbers, this equates to:

  • A global community of 16 million women.
  • 5.4 million copies of the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s winning books sold in the UK, to the value of £36m.
  • 100,000 readers attending our events.
  • 354 female authors made household names through the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
  • 2,426 emerging writers supported through our programmes.
  • 3,200 readers from in-need backgrounds subsidised.
  • 2,900 books donated to other charities in the last year.