The Prize is for any full length novel, which is written in English and published between their chosen dates. Any woman no matter age or nationality is eligible to take part in the competition. The winner receives £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine.
The topic of the book is completely up to the author and they would not be eliminated due to it. This gives the competition a sense of uniqueness and allows for all women to write about whatever they would like.
In 1991 the booker prize short list contained no women at all, which escaped notice until the press commented on it. Therefore the idea then came about that there should be a prize just for women to celebrate their outstanding contribution to fiction and that is why it is so important today.
This is the shortlist for the women’s prize however the winner of the prize was ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie.
By Katie Webb (work experience student)