Guidelines For Entrants:

Unpublished Writers

Please also read the terms and conditions here 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 2nd March 2020.

Applicants are asked to submit a one page synopsis and the first 8000 words of their unpublished Comedy Novel, which needs to be a completed work of at least 85,000 words. If selected for the LONGLIST you will be asked to submit a full manuscript.


  • The first 8000 words of each entry, double spaced, 12pt, plus a one page synopsis, single spaced 12pt, should be submitted AS ONE DOCUMENT via the Entry Form page.

  • The title of the novel should be at the top of the document, but no identifying name/s of author or submitter should appear on the document. Entries will be read blind.

  • Completed novels will be requested at latest by 14th April and must be at least 85,000 words. As we may request the additional material at any time, novels should be completed before entering.

  • Complete novels called for must also be submitted as pdf or doc documents with no name or other identification on the manuscript.

  • By submitting work for the Prize you are agreeing that ALL criteria have been met and you have accepted these terms and conditions.

  • Any entry failing to meet the criteria will be disqualified.


Entries must be submitted by authors and must be via the Entry Form page.  £10 entry fee is to be paid prior to accessing the Entry Form through the Paypal link.


The prize for the Unpublished Category Winner will be a publishing contract with HarperCollins with a £5,000 advance. The publisher reserves the right to publish in the format of their choice.

The runner up in the Unpublished Category will be awarded a free place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Creative Writing OR as an alternate a cash prize of £2000 from the University of Hertfordshire and a week of mentorship from the MA Creative Writing department team.

Winners must take prizes (particularly where prizes include training, services or events) at times decided by the University of Hertfordshire acting in its sole discretion.



The University of Hertfordshire (the “University”) gives no guarantee in relation to the prize offered by the University and assumes no liability for the failure or non-performance thereof under any circumstances. The University will not be liable for any loss, damage or delay which occurs in connection with your participation in this competition or your use of (or participation in relation to) any prize, including, without limitation, financial, indirect or consequential loss. The University will not be liable for the costs of entrants participating in the competition; such costs will be borne by the entrants themselves. Any liability for tax associated with the receipt of prizes shall be the responsibility of the relevant winner and the University cannot provide any advice or assistance in this respect. The University reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of the prize at any time without notice.


Closing Date:  Monday 2 March 2020


Long List Announced: Monday  20 April 2020


Short List Announced: Monday 8 June 2020


CWIP Winners Event: TBC July 2020

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

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