The Women’s Prize for Fiction one of the most respected and successful literary awards in the world – and Baileys announce jointly that 2017 will be Baileys’ last year of title sponsorship. The Prize is now seeking a new sponsor for 2018 and beyond. Baileys will continue their support for the prize with Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer at Diageo, joining the Women’s Prize for Fiction board.

Previously known as the Orange Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction honours the best full-length fiction written in the English language by a woman anywhere in the world. The £30,000 Prize has continued to grow in reputation and awareness, sparking debate and attracting widespread international media attention, at the same time as introducing new audiences, both male and female, to the best fiction by women.

Kate Mosse, novelist and co-founder of the Prize, said: “We are enormously grateful to Baileys for all it has done to support the Prize over the past four years. As illustrated by Baileys and Orange, the Prize’s stature and unique global positioning attracts world-class brands. While we look forward to making 2017 a fabulous final year for Baileys, we are also excited about the possibility of building a partnership with a different sponsor for 2018 and beyond.”

Martha Lane Fox, Women’s Prize for Fiction Board member adds: “This is an unparalleled commercial opportunity to access an increasingly important financial market and provide an inspirational brand platform to champion the voices of women. All the latest research shows that customers want to engage with brands with a social purpose – what better way than to help celebrate women’s voices across the world.”

Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer at Diageo, “We are very proud to have supported the Women’s Prize for Fiction for four years. It has been an honour to champion the very best international fiction written by women and to help connect that work with the large readership it deserves. However, Baileys now needs to increase its investment behind global activities that work across both English and non-English speaking markets. Regretfully, therefore, we have decided to make way for a new sponsor. We look forward to making 2017 an exceptional year. Baileys will remain a staunch advocate for the Prize and I am delighted to be continuing our support by joining the Board.”

The Prize continues to evolve and has formed highly successful partnerships with leading brands such as Whistles, Waterstones, Grazia Magazine and Amazon, enabling the Prize to engage with even more readers across the UK and beyond. Previous winners of the Prize include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith and Ali Smith.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 will be awarded on 7 June 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. The judges are: Tessa Ross, CEO House Productions, (Chair); Sam Baker, journalist, author and co-founder of The Pool; Katie Derham, presenter and broadcaster; Aminatta Forna, award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist and Sara Pascoe, comic and author.


Notes to editors

To request an interview with Kate Mosse and for media enquires please contact Kallaway:
Jane Acton Tel: 0207 221 7883 / 07769347881 E: jane.acton@kallaway.com
Or Georgina Church Tel: 0207 221 7883 / 07867335285 E: georgina.church@kallaway.com

About BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction

  • In June 2013, the Prize announced a new partnership with Baileys, the world’s first cream liqueur, with the first Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction being awarded in June 2014. The initial sponsorship agreement was for three years, to be renewed on an annual rolling basis.
  • The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012.
  • The Prize honours the best full-length fiction written in the English language by a woman anywhere in the world and has an all-female judging panel.
  • The Prize’s spokesperson is novelist and Women’s Prize co-founder Kate Mosse, Harriet Hastings is Managing Director and Amanda Johnson is Project Director.
  • The Prize’s Board comprises Joanna Prior (Chair), Harriet Hastings (Managing Director), Felicity Blunt (Company Secretary), Annie Coleman, Hannah Griffiths, Karen Jones CBE, Louise Jury, Martha Lane Fox CBE, Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Arzu Tahsin and Syl Saller. Together they are responsible for the overall management and direction of the Prize and the sponsorship arrangements.
  • The Prize’s Advisory Council comprises Kate Mosse OBE, Clare Alexander, Jane Gregory (co-founder), Susan Sandon and Carole Welch.
  • The Prize’s Patrons are: Dame Gillian Beer DBE, Rosie Boycott, Liz Calder, ShamiChakrabarti 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, Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold, AhdafSoueif, Sandi Toksvig, Polly Toynbee, Joanna Trollope OBE and Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE.
  • 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.


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