Creative writing competition: The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2021

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19 April 2021
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The winner of the unpublished category will receive £5,000 and book deal from HarperCollins

Now in its third year, the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2021 is inviting entries.

‘As an 80’s comedian actress writer I had to set up CWIP to create parity in the comedy literary landscape for witty women authors and to enable an unpublished witty writer to win a publishing deal,’ said comedian Helen Lederer, the founder of the prize. ‘Believe it or not no such prize existed, so I had to do it. CWIP is needed. Not only does an unpublished witty writer achieve their dream of becoming published, but established authors receive deserved attention, a prize and empowered women really do get seen.’

There are categories for published and unpublished funny novels by women writers.

The winner of the unpublished category will receive £5,000 and book deal from HarperCollins. The runner up will be offered a place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Creative Writing or a cash prize of £2,000 and a week of mentoring from the MA Creative Writing department team. A second runner up will be offered a place on the online MA in Comedy Writing from Falmouth University. To enter, send the beginning of a completed manuscript.

The winner of the published novel category will receive £3,000. To be eligible, novels must be published between 2 March 2020 and 12 April 2021.

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This year’s judges include Joanne Harris, Steph McGovern, Nina Stibbe, Thanyia Moore and Gloria Hunniford.

Entries close on 28 May.

For full details see the website.

 

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