• From 2018, the Prize to be supported by a family of partners rather than a single title sponsor
  • The partners supporting the 2018 Prize are announced today
  • New Women’s Prize for Fiction Board appointments also announced


Thursday 1st March 2018: The Women’s Prize for Fiction – one of the biggest international celebrations of women’s creativity in the world – today announces the partners that will be supporting the 2018 Prize.


The Prize – which from this year will revert in title to the ‘Women’s Prize for Fiction’ – is delighted to announce the partners for the 2018 Prize. They are:


  • Baileys; the world’s bestselling cream liqueur, which held the title sponsorship of the Prize from 2013 – 2017
  • Deloitte; a leading professional services firm, providing audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services
  • NatWest; one of the UK’s leading personal, private and business banks


Commenting on the announcement, Joanna Prior, Chair of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Board said, “We are thrilled to announce our 2018 partners today – it’s been a hard secret to keep! It’s exciting and inspiring to bring together the teams at Deloitte and NatWest who – together with our former headline sponsor, Baileys – each share our ambition to celebrate women’s voices and creativity. Working together in this collective way will give the Prize a secure platform to showcase and celebrate fiction by women and take books written by women to wider audiences than ever before.”


Prize spokesperson and Founder Director, novelist Kate Mosse added, “It will be wonderful to have the input and energies of new partners, to help us continue to develop and grow the Prize into one of the most powerful platforms celebrating women’s voices in the world.”


In May 2017, the Prize announced it would be adopting a new sponsorship model from 2018 that would see the Prize supported by a family of sponsors, a group of leading brands and businesses from different sectors, rather than by a single title sponsor, and that Baileys, which held the title sponsorship from 2013 – 2017, would be part of this family of sponsors.


Deloitte and NatWest join Baileys to form the 2018 Prize partners.


Syl Saller, CMO of Diageo, says:We are delighted to be working again with the Women’s Prize for Fiction.  Diageo believes in the power of celebrating female talent as a way of encouraging gender equality.  Baileys, as a brand that resonates with so many women, is proud to be sponsoring the Prize and encouraging that deliciously indulgent combination of a Baileys and good book.”


Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent at Deloitte, said, “We are delighted to sponsor the Women’s Prize for Fiction. It’s a privilege to celebrate the female authors nominated and support their creativity. The active participation of women in fiction and the success they are clearly achieving echoes our own agenda to increase diversity of thought and gender equality.”


Alison Rose, CEO of Commercial & Private Banking, NatWest, said: “I am delighted that by sponsoring the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction, NatWest will be giving women the chance to let their creativity shine and their voices be heard. At NatWest we are committed to ensuring women thrive in business and I am excited that we will now be helping them thrive in the literary world. We can’t wait to showcase and celebrate the hugely talented female novelists who are nominated for the 2018 prize.”


The judges for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction are Sarah Sands, (Chair) Editor of the Today Programme, Anita Anand, radio and television journalist; Katy Brand, writer, comedian and actor; Catherine Mayer, journalist, author and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party and actress Imogen Stubbs.


The longlist for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be revealed on Thursday 8th March; International Women’s Day 2018.


The Women’s Prize for Fiction is also pleased to announce a number of new appointments to its Board.


Alison Barrow, PR Director at Transworld Publishers, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Sandeep Mahal and Global Director of Digital Marketing at BBC Worldwide, Anna Rafferty have joined the Prize Board with immediate effect.


They join existing members; Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin General Books (Chair of the Board), literary agent, Felicity Blunt (Company Secretary), Annie Coleman, Global Head of Culture and Client Marketing for UBS Investment Bank, retail entrepreneur Harriet Hastings (Managing Director), businesswoman Karen Jones CBE, Director of Communications and Marketing for Creative Skillset, Louise Jury and Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo. Kate Mosse attends the Board as WPFF Founder Director.


The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s only annual book award for writing by women celebrating excellence, originality and accessibility. Established in 1996, to celebrate and promote international fiction written by women in English to the widest range of readers possible, the Prize is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman. Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible. 2018 marks the 23rd year of the Prize.


The 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be awarded on June 6th 2018 at an awards ceremony in central London. The winner will receive an anonymously endowed cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven.


Previous winners are Naomi Alderman for The Power (2017), Lisa McInerney for The Glorious Heresies (2016), Ali Smith for How to be Both (2015), Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2014), A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013), Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012), Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife (2011), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).


For the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018, novels must be published in the UK between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018. The Prize is administered by the Society of Authors.




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  • Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced: 8th March
  • Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced: 23rd April
  • WPFF @ the Baileys Book Bar: 23rd – 27th April
  • Grazia/Women’s Prize for Fiction Book Club Live: 4th June
  • Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist readings: 5th June
  • Awards ceremony: 6th June


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.
  • The Prize’s spokesperson is novelist and WPFF Founder Director, Kate Mosse, Harriet Hastings is Managing Director and Amanda Johnson is Project and Publicity Director.
  • The Prize board comprises of Joanna Prior (Chair), Alison Barrow, Felicity Blunt (Company Secretary), Annie Coleman, Harriet Hastings (Managing Director), Karen Jones CBE, Louise Jury, Sandeep Mahal, Anna Rafferty and Syl Saller. Kate Mosse attends the Board as WPFF Founder Director. Together they are responsible for the overall management and direction of the Prize and the sponsorship arrangements.
  • The Prize Founding Patrons are Kate Mosse OBE, Clare Alexander, Jane Gregory, Susan Sandon and Carole Welch.
  • The Prize 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.




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About Deloitte


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Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NWE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK’s leading professional services firms.


About NatWest


NatWest serves customers in England and Wales supporting them with their personal, private and business banking needs, and supports large corporates in Western Europe. Alongside a wide range of banking services, NatWest offers businesses specialist sector knowledge in areas such as manufacturing and technology, as well as access to specialist entrepreneurial support.

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