Guidelines for Entrants:

Published Writers

Please also read the terms and conditions and you may like to read our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The competition is open to female (identified) authors including non-binary writing in the English language, of any nationality over the age of 18 on the closing date 2 March 2020.

Works submitted must be Published Comedy Novels, of at least 75,000 words, written in English and published in the UK and Ireland within the 12 months prior to the closing date.


Criteria for entry


  • Female (identified) authors including non-binary over the age of 18 on 2 March 2020

  • Written in English

  • Published in the UK and Ireland

  • Book must be published in first physical format between 2 March 2019 and 2 March 2020

  • Book must be comedic in style or content, although a wide range of witty and funny styles of comedy will be considered

  • Submission must be made by the book’s publisher using the form linked to below

  • Self-published titles are not eligible.

  • Five copies of the book to be provided at the first submissions stage, additional copies will be required if the book is shortlisted

  • There is no charge for entry, however, in the event of being successfully selected as a shortlisted book, £50 will be required from the publisher and a further £50 for the winning book.

  • In the event of being successfully selected as a shortlisted novel the publisher is required to sticker copies of the novel with artwork provided by CWIP. Artwork will also be provided for the winning novel. 


Please forward 5 copies of the nominated novel to:

Jennifer Dart


School of Humanities

University of Hertfordshire

de Havilland Campus

Hatfield AL10 9AB


Publishers must also complete their entry via the submissions form on the "Enter" button below.


Closing Date:  Monday 2 March 2020


Long List Announced: Monday  20 April 2020


Short List Announced: Monday 8 June 2020


CWIP Winners Event: Monday 6 July 2020


Entry form for Published Novel

Please ensure you accept the terms and conditions of entry before you submit your entry.

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