Call for submissions: Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020


25 October 2019
Win a publishing contract and a £5,000 advance for a comic novel by an unpublished woman writer

Following the success of its inaugural competition, the Comedy Women Prize is back for a second year.

The prize was founded by comedian Helen Lederer in response to that lack of support and exposure for comedy writing by women. In its first year, the winner in the published category was The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Stevens, and in the unpublished category, Mad Cow by Kirsty Eyre. For the second CWIP Prize, Marian Keyes will return as Chair of Judges.

The competition is for work by writers from the UK and Ireland. The categories are:

• CWIP published novel: £3,000. Submit published novels of 85,000 words or more. Entry in this category is free.

• CWIP unpublished novel: First prize: Publishing contract and £5,000 advance from HarperFiction; second prize: £2,000 and mentoring from the University of Hertfordshire MA course in Creative Writing; third prize: a place on the online MA in comedy from Falmouth University. Submit the first 5,000 words and a one-page synopsis. Entry in this category costs £10 per novel.

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• There is also a new category for published graphic novels, with the prize to be announced.

The closing date is 2 March 2020.

For full details see the website.


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