The prestigious British Orange Prize for the best novel written by a woman has announced its last winner. Let’s hope another sponsor steps up to keep this wonderful prize going, One of my favourite writers, Linda Grant, was awarded the prize for When I Lived in Modern Times and she tweets about how important the Orange was to her writing.
Although we often decry the focus on writing prizes, let’s consider how supportive they are to writers. Fiction writers receive about $50,000. This year’s winner, Madeline Miller, won for her first novel, The Song of Achilles. Here’s the list of shorted listed writers from 1996 until 2010: http://www.organgeprize.co.uk/archive_pff.html