The 2021 PRIZE


The 2021 Published Novels Shortlist


Joanne Harris, Chair of Judges for the CWIP Published Novels Prize says:

“This is a fantastic shortlist, showcasing the tremendous breadth and diversity of women’s comic writing. From domestic disaster to murder most femme, this list offers something for everyone.”


The increase in entries prove that there are so many talented witty authors simply bursting to be read. From a lawn mower catastrophe (The Best Things Mel Giedroyc) to an audacious Chinese comedy (Dial A for Aunties Jess Sutano).  From an Indian wedding out of control (Destination Wedding Diksha Basu), to wringing the joy out of head lice (Domestic Bliss and other disasters Jane Ions). From the hilarity and reality of friendship (Ghosts Dolly Alderton) to mischief and wrongdoing (Murder by Milk Bottle Lynn Truss).


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The 2021 Unpublished Novels Shortlist


Sarah Shaffi, Chair of the Unpublished Comic Novels Prize, says:

“We wanted to laugh, and laugh we did...The books we've chosen show raw talent, huge potential, put women's voices at the fore and, importantly, had us laughing throughout. It shows the depth and breadth of funny women writing today, and I hope that this year's shortlist can be built on in future years to create a more inclusive and welcoming landscape for funny women writers."


The range and ingenuity of comedy narrative sung out. From pregnant women do summer murders (The NCT Murder Kat Sumner-Ailes) to seedy detective work (The Lady Detective Hannah Dolby). From Stepsister adjustment (Fools Rush in Jo Lyons) to legal power pants (Labour Law Clare Ward). And from Dave’s version of hell (The Purgatory Poisoning Rebecca Rogers) to senior travels with a grandson (The Death and Life of Agnes Grace Emma Williams)            


We cannot wait to see the next phase of these talented witty writers. You saw them here first!  


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2021 Partners

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2021 Judges