Bestselling author beginning with ‘Watermelon’ in 1995. 12 novels and 4 nonfiction books have followed. Most recent novel ‘Grown ups’ is another huge, international hit.
Award winning character comedian. Credits include ‘Miracle workers’ ‘Loaded' and the much acclaimed ‘Sorry’ for the BBC.
Bestselling author of many books including ‘Shoes for Anthony’ as well as screenwriting. Emma is also an acclaimed actress of stage and screen.
Best known for her role in ‘Father Ted’, she has written ten novels, several plays as well as a children’s TV series.
2020 Head Judge
The Published Judges Panel
The Unpublished Judges Panel
THE Published Humorous Graphic Novel Judges Panel
A BAFTA nominated actress and screenwriter. Many TV credits including ‘The Thick of it’. Previously a drama lecturer, she has also written and starred in many TV series including ‘Getting on’.
Author journalist and screenwriter, she won the inaugural CWIP published Prize with ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’
Co-author of ‘Slay in Your Lane’ and multi-award-winning journalist and author. Columnist at the Guardian.
Previously a publisher and journalist, Fanny is author of eight novels and has been a judge on many prizes.
Senior Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins. With thirty years in the publishing industry, Kate is passionate about books and authors.
Comedian, writer, director and activist. Her debut Edinburgh fringe show was a sell-out. Co-founded the feminist collective ‘The pink protest’.
Winner of the inaugural CWIP unpublished Prize with ‘Cow Girl’,
her book will be published by HarperCollins in 2020.
Head of Writing and journalism at Falmouth University, her novel ‘Cold Crash’ won the Cinnamon Press Debut Novel prize.
Her first graphic novel was shortlisted for the British Book Design Awards. Her second book ‘Wolf’ received huge acclaim. She teaches Graphic
and Children’s Graphic novels and is
coordinator for LDC.
Dr Nicola Streeten
A speaker, writer, drawer and teacher. Her acclaimed graphic memoir ‘Billy, me & you’ is about bereavement.
She directs LDC Comics.
Actress, presenter and author. Graduate of The Curtis Brown creative writing course, her debut novel ‘The Butcher's Hook’ was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot prize.
Award-winning graphic novelist and UK Comics Laureate. She has published three critically acclaimed novels and does a weekly cartoon for the New Statesman.
Rising star of the British comedy scene, her credits include The Now Show, the News Quiz and sell-out Edinburgh Festival shows.
Acclaimed comedy and character actress, she is best known for her recent hits in ‘Upstart Crow’, Mount Pleasant and ‘The Smoking Room’. Currently starring in TV’s ‘Grantchester’.
Marian Keyes, Bestselling Author
"I am absolutely delighted with our longlist,
the range is glorious”