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Competition: Comedy Women In Print

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Comedy Women

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Competition deadline: 28th May 2021

Comedy Women In Print is the brainchild of comedian, author, actress Helen Lederer. Its aim is to recognise, celebrate and encourage witty women authors.

The Published Winner gets a massive amount of love from clever, celebrity judges and a stonking cash prize from ALCS. The Unpublished Winners are now published by Harper Collins and received an advance and huge attention. The Unpublished runner uppers’ won a place on an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire and an MA in Comedy at Falmouth University.

If you’re a witty author whose manuscript is waiting to be tweaked, written, finished or discreetly disinfected – we want to hear from you. The rewards are huge, and the risk is nil. It doesn’t matter when you wrote it, if your work has the potential to make the reader incapacitated with hysteria, we need to read it. We’d love a few thousand words from you first, and then for you to be ready with the actual manuscript.

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 28 May 2021.

Applicants are asked to submit a one page synopsis and 5000 words of their unpublished Comedy Novel, which needs to be a completed work of at least 85,000 words.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 5000 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 Friday July 9 2021 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.

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. Full T&Cs for this prize can be found here in case you haven’t read them already.

The runner up in the Unpublished Prize receives 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.

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

See here for full Terms and Conditions.

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