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Competition Terms and Conditions for the Unpublished Authors' Prize Category


  1. Comedy Women in Print (CWIP)

  2. This competition is promoted by Comedy Women in Print, 15 Underhill Road, London, SE22 0BT

  3. This promotion is open to all UK and Ireland residents except employees of HarperCollins Publishers Limited and Comedy Women in Print or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.

  4. Entry is via using the entry form and portal provided.

  5. Closing date for entries is 14 October 2022. No entries received after 23:59 UK time on this date will be accepted. If longlisted full manuscript has to be ready by November 2022.

  6. Entrants must be unpublished fiction writers and entries must not have been published in any format (physical, ebook, audio) prior to entry.

  7. The prize is a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with a £5,000 advance, on HarperCollins standard publishing terms. There is no alternative first place prize. The runner-up in the Unpublished Category will be awarded a place on the University of Hertfordshire MA in Creative Writing  OR  Writing Mentorship, consisting of four meetings with a professionally published author from the Creative Writing Team, taken within a six-month period, to discuss and workshop your current work in progress. A second runner-up will receive a place on the online MA in Comedy Writing from Falmouth University – the first of its kind in the country.

  8. The prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No guarantee is given as to the quality of the prize.

  9. No cash or prize alternatives are available other than as set out at number 7 above. 

  10. CWIP reserve the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value.

  11. The winner of the competition will be selected by a judging panel based on the following criteria: humour in fiction written by female writers as judged by the independent panel made up of writers and comedians appointed by CWIP, as well as a representative each from HarperCollins and the University of Hertfordshire; and notified at the CWIP winners' event. The judges’ decision as to who has won the competition shall be final. 

  12. Entrants retain full copyright in the entries they submit however, the winner of the competition will be required to assign copyright in their works for the purposes of publication.

  13. The winning novel will be published according to the publishers’ schedule within two years of awarding the prize. The publisher reserves the right to publish the winning entry in the format of their choice.

  14. Any application containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected. Any applications made on behalf of or for another person or multiple entries will not be included in the competition.

  15. To obtain the name of the prize winner after the closing date, please write to Comedy Women in Print, 15 Underhill Road, London, SE22 0BT.

  16. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.

  17. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.

  18. By entering this competition, you are agreeing that if you win your name may be used for the purpose of announcing the winner in any related publicity with CWIP and/or HarperCollins Publishers Limited, however, you may withdraw your consent to this at any time.

  19. Any personal information you give us will be used solely for this competition and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement. CWIP privacy and data policy can be found at:

  20. Under no circumstances will CWIP and/or HarperCollins Publishers be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or prize. 

  21. CWIP and/or HarperCollins will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this competition and CWIP and/or HarperCollins may cancel or alter the competition at any stage.

  22. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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