19 April 2021
The winner of the unpublished category will receive £5,000 and book deal from HarperCollins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writer I had to set up CWIP to create parity in the comedy literary landscape for witty women authors and to enable an unpublished witty writer to win a publishing deal,’ said comedian Helen Lederer, the founder of the prize.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 Not only does an unpublished witty writer achieve their dream of becoming published, but established authors receive deserved attention, a prize and empowered women really do get seen.’
There are categories for published and unpublished funny novels by women writers.
The winner of the unpublished category will receive £5,000 and book deal from HarperCollins.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.
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.