Women's Prize for Fiction to be 'privately funded' for 2013

Women's Prize for Fiction to be 'privately funded' for 2013

Individual donors including Christopher Foyle, Joanna Trollope, e-book site Bilbary, Cherie Blair (pictured) and Martha Lane Fox will contribute to private funding for The Women's Prize for Fiction in 2013 "while headline sponsorship negotiations for 2014 and beyond are concluded".

Other supporters include Bob & Co, Richard & Elena Bridges, Jill Green, Lansons Communications, Sue Woodford-Hollick and others who wish to remain anonymous, the prize organisers said.

Kate Mosse, chair of the Women¹s Prize for Fiction board, said, "We were overwhelmed with interest from potential headline sponsors. However, it became clear sponsorship budgets for next year were already committed, so we took the decision to privately fund the Prize for 2013 while we finalised our arrangements for 2014 and beyond. We are delighted that such a wide range of people are supporting this exceptional year and thank them for their support."

The Women¹s Prize for Fiction 2013 has also announced a partnership with Google which will be working with the organisers on a number of new initiatives "which will support the prize's ambition of reaching a wider, international audience."  Google's platforms such as Google+ and YouTube will help to connect authors and judges with a large online audience from around the world, prize organisers said.

Actor Miranda Richardson will be chair of the judges for the 2013 prize, with broadcaster Razi Iqbal, authors Rachel Johnson and JoJo Moyes and writer and activist Natasha Walter making up the panel.

WPF 2013 will also be continuing its partnerships with Southbank Centre, Grazia magazine, The Reading Agency and Book Trust, who have administered the Prize since 1996.

Penguin's Joanna Prior is also one of four new members to the Women's Prize for Fiction board, alongside Felicity Blunt, Karen Jones and Nicola Mendelsohn.

The Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 will be awarded on 5th June, with the winner  receiving a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a "Bessie", both anonymously endowed.