Mosse reflects on 25 years of the Women’s Prize as 2020 event prepares to go online

Mosse reflects on 25 years of the Women’s Prize as 2020 event prepares to go online

The 25th winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (WPF) will be crowned next week, and like most literary gongs of 2020, its latest iteration will be Covid-19-affected, with a change of date and a now online ceremony. But what has not shifted is WPF’s rock-solid place in the books world, neck and neck with the Costa as the second or third-most prestigious British award, and arguably having the most bookseller buy-in and consumer brand awareness of any prize outside the Booker. 

The silver anniversary, though, is a good time to reflect that it was an often rocky road to arrive here. To get a...

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