The longlist for The Comedy Women In Print Prize – the UK and Ireland’s only awards to shine a light on books by funny women – has been announced. And - with us all on the lookout for a perfect new book recommendation - it couldn’t be a better time for it.
The CWIP Prize was launched by actress, author and stand-up Helen Lederer in 2019 in response to the lack of exposure for female comedy writing, and as a way of celebrating fresh and established talent. She said: ‘I’m relieved the longlisted titles reflect both anti-snobbery and a huge respect for literary wit. A new but necessary punctuation mark highlighting the visibility of women’s wit on the page.’
Marian Keyes, Chair of Judges for the CWIP Published Novels Prize, added: ‘I am absolutely delighted with our longlist. The range is glorious – everything from lighthearted commercial fiction to literary fiction – 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 ninety submissions, and this is a list that I’m very proud of.’
If you’re on the lookout for a read to cheer you up, here is the longlist in full...