The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction is one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary prizes, awarded annually for the best original full-length novel by a female author of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK in the preceding year. The winner of the prize receives £30,000, along with a bronze sculpture called the "Bessie" created by artist Grizel Niven, the sister of actor/writer David Niven.
Launched in 2005 in partnership with Arts Council England, the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers celebrates emerging female literary talent. and potential
All first works of fiction, including novels, short story collections and novellas, written by women of any age or nationality and published as a book in the UK are eligible to enter. The emphasis of the award is on emerging talent and the evidence of future potential. Books can be entered for both the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers in any given year. Judges look for writers who demonstrate excellence, originality and accessibility.