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Comedy Women in Print Prize


The CWIP Prize is the UK and Ireland’s first prize to shine a light on witty women writers.

Now in its third year, the Prize was launched by comedian, Ab Fab actress and author Helen Lederer in response to the lack of exposure for female comedy writing and to celebrate fresh and established talent.

Award-winning author of Chocolat and Chair of the Society of Authors Joanne Harris will chair the judges for the CWIP Prize for Published Novel. Harris is joined by actress, comedian and writer Maureen Lipman (Educating Rita, Coronation Street); Channel 4 presenter Steph McGovern (Steph’s Packed Lunch); author Cathy Rentzenbrink (The Last Act of Love); 2020 CWIP winner, Nina Stibbe; and award-winning actor and writer Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes, Chewing Gum).

The judging panel for the CWIP Prize for Unpublished Novels is chaired by journalist, editor and interviewer Sarah Shaffi. Shaffi is joined by Martha Ashby, Editorial Director at HarperFiction; winner of the 2020 CWIP Unpublished novel category, Faye Brann; broadcasting legend and regular ‘Loose Woman’, Gloria Hunniford; stand-up comic and actress Thanyia Moore; and Dr Jennifer Young, Head of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University.

The CWIP Prize 2021 longlist for Published and Unpublished Novels was announced 21st July, and the shortlist will be announced 22nd September.


What we did

EDPR have worked with Helen Lederer and The CWIP Prize team since its inaugural year. Working hand in hand, we have helped build the profile of the Prize across the globe.

Now in its third year, it has become an established fixture in the Literary Awards calendar and our work has created sustained coverage from launch to shortlist to winner stages with 50+ national press pieces over the last 3 years and a reach of over 10 million.

Coverage has included features and interviews in Daily Telegraph, iPaper, Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Financial Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, Express, The Times, Metro, Evening Standard, Grazia, Stylist, R4 Front Row, R4 Woman’s Hour.

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