As you may know, this year was the first time since the Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded 25 years ago, that the winner hasn’t been able to be announced in June. The shortlist of their six outstanding novels was celebrated back in the spring but given the current pandemic the announcement of the 25th winner of the Women’s Prize was postponed until 9th September.
Below is an update from the Women’s Prize for Fiction on their plans, and some exciting news about a one off Autumn event!
The 2020 winner will be announced on the 9th September, but the decision has been made to cancel the planned physical awards ceremony in line with current Government advice around mass gatherings. Instead, the 2020 announcement will form part of an innovative digital ceremony, with the shortlist readings also happening in digital form the week prior. The team at Women’s Prize are in full planning mode at the moment and will be sharing more details on what these events will look like in the coming weeks.
Government guidance permitting, they hope to be back with a physical event in November 2020. The evening will celebrate the culmination of their year-long #ReadingWomen campaign marking a quarter of a century of phenomenal winners, and they will announce their ‘Winners of Winners’ of the past 25 years, voted for by members of the public – don’t forget you can cast your vote here. The event will raise money for the Women’s Prize Trust, the registered charity championing women writers and inspiring more people to read, write and enjoy new and undiscovered women writers, and they will ask for a contribution towards ticket costs.
At Blake Morgan we are delighted to continue to support the Prize and the championing of women’s voices. Keep an eye out for more announcements with further details of both the September digital event and the Autumn gala.