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CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS, BETH O’LEARY, NINA STIBBE AND JEANETTE WINTERSON CBE SHORTLISTED FOR COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 2020 AS JUDGES PRAISE EXTRAORDINARY YEAR FOR FUNNY NOVELS BY WOMEN
The Comedy Women in Print Prize (CWIP), set up by Helen Lederer last year, today (Monday 8th June) revealed the shortlists for the UK and Ireland’s only awards to shine a light on funny writing by women. In all three categories - for Published Comic Novel, Unpublished Comic Novel and Humorous Graphic Novel - the shortlisted stories demonstrate the unique way humour can tackle hard-hitting subjects such as mental health, addiction and gender discrimination.
Three panels of star judges from the worlds of comedy and literature, including bestselling author Marian Keyes, BAFTA-winner Joanna Scanlan, comedians Lolly Adefope and Jen Brister, looked for excellent writing but, above all, humour. They found it in their final shortlists from bestselling authors, creative writing students and experienced TV producers.
Helen Lederer, Founder of the CWIP Prize, says:
‘Judging and managing the prize in lock down was interesting - but we got there! The 2020 titles reflect a range of surprising heroines that made the judges laugh in different ways. From empowerment to dentistry and chip shops – it’s all here. In an unbelievably good year for witty writing by women we will also present an honorary Game Changer Award, to be unveiled when we announce our winners.’
The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 shortlist for Published Comic Novels, judged by Lolly Adefope, Emma Kennedy, Marian Keyes, Pauline McLynn, Joanna Scanlan and Laura Steven, is:
Marian Keyes, Chair of Judges for the CWIP Published Novels Prize says:
‘I am absolutely delighted with our list. The range is glorious – everything from light-hearted commercial fiction to literary fiction – from established names to new talent – and it’s a demonstration of all the different ways in which women can be funny in print. It was a pleasure and very exciting to read all the submissions, and these are shortlists we are very proud of.’
The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 shortlist for Published Humorous Graphic Novels, new this year, judged by Rachael Ball, Hannah Berry, Jen Brister, Janet Ellis, Dr Nicola Streeten and Paula Wilcox, is:
Janet Ellis, Chair of the Humorous Graphic Novel Prize, says:
‘The most exciting category of all (it’s new! it’s fresh!) has revealed a joyful abundance of top- notch, screamingly funny graphic novels written by women. Every single one of the longlisted books had the judges in fits of laughter and the shortlist is a proper celebration of the best of them. Provocative, playful, acutely observed and fearless, they tackle a wide range of subjects with a triumphant glee, each one not just a comic adventure but also a work of art. They’re all as witty, brave and smart as the judging panel itself. Watch out for what we choose as the Number One - it’s truly going to be comedy gold!’
The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 shortlist for Unpublished Comic Novels, judged by Yomi Adegoke, Fanny Blake, Kate Bradley, Grace Campbell; Kirsty Eyre; and Dr Jennifer Young, is:
Fanny Blake, Chair of the Unpublished Comic Novels Prize, says:
“In judging this category of the 2020 Comedy Women in Print Prize we are looking for something that’s a little bit different, with a unique spark that sets it apart from the run-of-the-mill. This year’s outstanding entries were united by some great comic writing and a real diversity in setting and characters. They jointly demonstrated that there are plenty of funny females writing today, just waiting to be discovered. We arrived at a shortlist to be proud of that’s varied, confident and very funny.”
The CWIP published winner will receive a cash prize of £3000 from the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). For the unpublished category, recognising rising comic talent, the winner will receive a publishing contract and a £5000 advance from HarperFiction. An unpublished runnerup receives £2000 from the University of Hertfordshire and mentoring from the MA course in Creative Writing. An additional runner-up will receive a place on the online MA in Comedy Writing from Falmouth University – the first of its kind in the country. The graphic novel category winner will also receive a cash prize, to be announced.
For more details about CWIP visit www.comedywomeninprint.co.uk
The Comedy Women in Print Prize winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Groucho Club, rescheduled from July to Monday 14th September 2020.