Small publishers protest 'elitist' Women's Prize fees

Small publishers protest 'elitist' Women's Prize fees

Small publishers have expressed anger and dismay over “extortionate” fees charged to enter the Women’s Prize for Fiction, which they believe risk the coveted award becoming “elitist” and exclusionary.

However, the prize organisers have defended the costs, which are not new and have been the same for the past few years, saying they represent "a fair exchange" with the publicity around shortlisted titles generating solid sales.

Lynn Michell, director of small women's publisher Linen Press, told The Bookseller she was cross on behalf of her authors that she could not risk stumping up the £5,...

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