Baileys champions the diversity and strength of Women’s voices around the world

2018 marks Baileys’ 5th year of support for the Women’s Prize for Fiction - the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by women.


On Wednesday 6th June the 23rd winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced in Bloomsbury, London. The Prize, founded in 1992, celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing and is an award that Baileys has proudly championed for the last five years.

Baileys’ partnership with the Women’s Prize, as part of a new family of sponsors supporting the award, strives to encourage gender equality and through the celebration of female talent seeks to help take novels by women to wider audiences.

Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist six books with Baileys bottle

Six books make up this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, including one previously shortlisted author and three debut novels.

Syl Saller, Diageo’s Chief Marketing Officer, commented: “We're delighted to be working again with the Women’s Prize for Fiction and believe in the power of celebrating female talent as a way of encouraging gender equality. Baileys is proud to be sponsoring the Prize and encouraging that deliciously indulgent combination of a Baileys and a book.”

Clare Patterson, Baileys Brand Manager added: “The Women’s Prize for Fiction is an open platform for the most compelling writing by women in the English language. Last year we reached 250 million people who share our passion for books and Baileys and with our new family of sponsors, we continue to promote and celebrate truly great writing and break down barriers wherever they appear.”

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The winner will be chosen by a panel of five women - Sarah Sands, Imogen Stubbs, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer and Katy Brand - all passionate readers and at the top of their respective professions. Follow the announcement at

Find out more about the Women’s Prize for Fiction

  • The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. An annual award, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women.
  • This year’s awards ceremony will be held in Bedford Square Gardens in Bloomsbury, London, on Wednesday 6th June. The winner presented with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven.
  • Read more about the 2018 prize and find out who has made the shortlist at