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New women’s prize sponsor ‘announced in September’

The new sponsor for the Women's Prize for Fiction, up-to-now sponsored by Orange, will be announced in September, the prize's co-founder Kate Mosse revealed at the weekend.

Speaking at the Harrogate Crime Festival, co-founder and honorary director Mosse said: "It's been incredibly exciting that we were approached by 18 different companies when we said that the sponsorship was available. We'll be making a choice in the next week and announcing it in September."

Mobile services company Orange announced this year's prize, awarded on 30th May, would be its last as sponsor. It has been the award's sponsor since the prize, which is administered by Booktrust, was set up 17 years ago.