To celebrate their 25th anniversary The Women’s Prize for Fiction is releasing a beautiful, illustrated journal called The Women’s Prize for Fiction Journal: Celebrating 25 years of #ReadingWomen. It will be published through Unbound, the world’s first crowdfunding publisher with a community of over 250,000 from 206 countries. Founded in 1996 after not a single woman was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1991, The Women’s Prize for Fiction has become one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. Celebrating the best full-length novel published in the United Kingdom and written in English by a woman of any nationality, it has seen its fair share of controversy but proudly continues to support talented women every year.
The journal sounds like a veritable goody bag of writerly treasure. Unbound describes it as “part journal, part keepsake souvenir commemorating 25 years of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, this beautiful book is intended to inspire you to pick up your pen. It’s also a compendium of the history of the Prize, spotlighting each of the phenomenal winners from the past quarter of a century, featuring bespoke illustrations and a typographical appendix including all of the shortlisted books and the brilliant women who’ve judged the Prize, with an introduction by Founder Director Kate Mosse. Throughout there’ll be inspirational quotes as well as exclusive writing tips to help you find your own voice, and plenty of space for notes.”
Though the nominees for the 2020 prize have been announced we won’t know the winner until September. In the meantime, pick up this lovely journal and get cracking on your own future prize-winning piece!