‘There are countless hilarious, talented female writers currently producing great work. If existing prizes won't honour funny women writers fairly, it's time to set up a new prize.'


Marian Keyes

The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) prize is an exciting new literary award created by Helen Lederer to bring female comedy writing the exposure and recognition it deserves. From burgeoning new talent to established writers – CWIP has no barriers and will shine a spotlight on that valuable and hilarious group: Witty Women.  

Well done every single witty woman who has entered:

we salute you.

Comedy Fiction By Unpublished  Female Writers

Comedy Fiction By Published

Female Writers


The Prize for the winning aspiring, comic female novelist is a publishing contract with HarperFiction and £5,000 advance. 

The runner up will be awarded a free place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Creative Writing.

Prize for the Published Category Winner is a cash prize of £2,000.

Short listed published winners receive £250


Prize opens:

24th August 2018


Closing date:

Thursday 28th February 2019


Long list announced:

Saturday 30th March 2019


Shortlist announced:

Thursday 30th May 2019

CWIP winners' event:

Wednesday 10th July 2019

To be held at The Conduit, a home for a diverse community passionate about social change

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