Author Lionel Shriver has been dropped from the judging panel of a literary competition after blasting publishers Penguin Random House for their diversity policies. 

Shriver, who won the 2005 Orange prize for We Need to Talk About Kevin, was due to judge the 10th Mslexia short story prize. However, Mslexia, a British magazine for women writers, rescinded her invitation after she wrote an article for the Spectator slamming an email sent to Penguin Random House’s literary agents. 

In the piece, titled When Diversity Means Uniformity, Shriver criticised the publisher’s “new company-wide goal” for “both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.”

Shriver, 61, wrote: “The…

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