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Orange Prize Saved, Renamed Women’s Prize for Fiction

After mobile telecommunications brand Orange announced over the summer that it would no longer be sponsoring the fiction prize they have supported for 17 years, the future of the prize looked questionable. With sponsorship budgets already dedicated elsewhere, organizers were unable to secure a stable funding option in time for the 2013 prize, so happily, private parties have stepped in to foot the bill while a more long-term solution is nailed down.

The parties responsible for funding the prize for 2013 include Cherie Blair, author Joanna Trollope, and English businesswoman Martha Lane Fox, as well as ebook company Bilbary and Foyles bookshop chairman Christopher Foyle.

Time will tell who will come forward to sponsor the prize, which for now reverts to its original name of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The prize, which was first awarded in 1996, exists to celebrate outstanding literary contributions from a female author. An original, full-length novel from any female author of any nationality is eligible, provided the novel is English-language. We have an interview with Madeline Miller, whose debut novel The Song of Achilles won the prize for 2012.

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