The UK & Ireland's first comedy literary prize

the prize

What started as an idea is now in its third successful year (this is the only bit of text that rhymes).


Comedy Women In Print is the brainchild of comedian, author, actress Helen Lederer. Its aim is to recognise, celebrate and encourage witty women authors.

The Published Winner gets a massive amount of love from clever, celebrity judges and a stonking cash prize from ALCS. The Unpublished Winners are now published by Harper Collins and received an advance and huge attention. The Unpublished runner uppers' won a place on an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire and an MA in Comedy at Falmouth University.

No one likes pushy - said no one, send us your witty novels! Publishers - we know you’ve got them. Unpublished witty writers – screw it, just do it.   

ways to get involved


We're indecently keen to read your novel...


We can help you help us help you... that's a big helping.


We'd love you to be a CWIP Angel and support witty writers

Meet the 2021 Judges

Judges of the Published Comedy Novel 

Judges of the Unpublished Comedy Novel 

Dates for your Diary...

Monday 12th April 2021
Entries Open

Friday 28th May 2021
Entries Close

Wednesday 21st July 2021
Longlist Announced

Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Shortlist Announced

Monday 8th November 2021
Winners Event 

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