Announcing the CWIP longlist for 

Comedy Fiction by Unpublished Female Writers

CWIP is delighted to announce today, Saturday 30th March, the 12 brilliant unpublished novels that have been chosen for the first ever CWIP prize longlist.

The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) prize aims to bring female comedy writing the exposure and recognition it deserves. A huge part of that is championing and celebrating new and as yet unpublished talent. 

From over 100 submissions, 12 fantastic funny stories have been chosen. 

2019 longlist

• Captain Mintcake by Kristen Bailey

• The Ladies' Guide to Finding Love by Helen Doyle

 I Blame Jane Austen by Laura Dugdale

• Cow Girl by Kirsty Eyre

• The Kiss of Death by Stella Glorie

• TEFLland by Catherine Higgins-Moore

• The Best Days by Catherine Knight

• New Year at the Duck and Grapes by Jo Lovett-Turner

• The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Mann

• Love is Strange by Lotte Mullan

• It's (Not) Unusual by Sarah Palmer

• Little Lives Like Mine by Eva Verde

Martha Ashby is Editorial Director of Commercial Fiction at HarperFiction. They will be publishing the winning novel. This is what she had to say about the Prize:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be involved with the Comedy Women in Print prize – I’m a huge fan of a) women, b) women who write and c) women who write funny books, and this prize ticks all those boxes so perfectly!”

The authors

CWIP has loved finding out about the witty women writers behind the longlisted novels. When they are not writing wit, their day jobs include screenwriting, editing, journalism, teaching, charity working, performing, playing, singing, poetry and parenting.  They also enjoy; park-running, wine-drinking, dog-walking, blogging, Netflixing, reading, tennis and pub-quizzing.

Next steps

Our highly talented CWIP judges now have the enviable task of reading all of these brilliant novels, and the unenviable task of choosing a shortlist, which will be announced on Thursday 30th May. The winner, and the recipient of the MA in Creative Writing from Hertfordshire University, will be announced at CWIP's awesome party at The Conduit, London, on Wednesday 10th July.

Discover the brilliant novels on the longlist for Comedy Fiction by Published Female Writers.

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