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Shadow the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 Shortlist

We have the exciting opportunity for six reading groups to shadow the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021. Each group will receive a set of copies of one shortlisted book, which they will need to read and review before the winner is announced on 7 July 2021.

Groups will be selected and books will be sent following the shortlist announcement on 28 April 2021 with a questionnaire to fill in. All questionnaires will need to be returned before the winner announcement on 7 July 2021.

We are particularly looking for groups in which members have felt the benefit of being part of a reading group during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing connection and escapism from loneliness, isolation and the humdrum of lockdown. We want to know what impact your reading group has made to your members, and why your group would like to be involved in this opportunity. We also particularly welcome applications from groups with members who are key workers, those from low-income backgrounds, and parents who have been home schooling. Please contact if you have any questions.

See the longlisted titles

Applications will close on 27 April 2021.


Keeping your reading group active while social distancing

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With many people at home with family, flatmates or on their own, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying socially connected, and keeping your regular reading group meetings in your diary, is going to be very important in keeping up morale and supporting everyone’s mental health as we adjust to a new way of living.


How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.


Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

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