The Orange Award for New Writers will be awarded for the first time in 2005 to coincide with the Orange Prize for Fiction’s 10th birthday celebrations. The winner will receive £10,000 to help her pursue her work with greater freedom.

Winner announced (7 June 2005)

Shortlist announced (25 April 2005)

The judges will be looking for emerging talent and the evidence of future potential and seeking to identify writers of excellence, originality and accessibility.

All first works of fiction – including novels, short story collections and novellas – written by women of any age or nationality and published in book form in the UK between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2005 will be eligible. Novels can be entered for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers in any given year.

The Orange Award for New Writers 2005 shortlist will be announced on Monday April 25th and the prize will be awarded at the 10th Orange Prize for Fiction Award ceremony on Tuesday June 7th.

The Orange Award for New Writers is supported by Arts Council England.

The judges for 2005 are novelist Kamila Shamsie (chair) – who was one of the 21 writers featured in the Orange Futures promotion, editor and publisher Margaret Busby and writer and journalist Alex Clark.