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Weʼre raising £5,000 to help female comedy writers keep on THRIVING!

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Thank you for clicking. This is an incredibly positive step and I like you already.

I’m Helen Lederer. Short, fat comedian from the 80’s. I set up the Comedy Women In Print Prize out of bitterness, frustration, and an unsightly egotistic grumpiness about being ignored. You may know me from Absolutely Fabulous where I said ‘lovely chairs‘ a lot, or perhaps from my comedy novel ‘Losing it’ or maybe you just think I might be your dentist which is quite common. Anyway, when I finished writing my comedy novel, I looked around, rather hopefully, for a comedy literary prize for women (to win) and discovered there wasn’t one. So, I set one up myself. I had no idea that it would change lives, but it has.

Who knew how many unpublished witty women writers were out there, who deserved to be published but couldn’t get inside the system? As someone who has cracked through some hurdles, (did I mention bitter?) I’m thrilled to report that Harper Fiction offers a publishing deal to the winner, while two runners up receive money, mentorship, and an MA in comedy. CWIP made this happen.

Two years ago – 23 out of 25 bestselling funny books were written by women and yet there was still no official literary prize to showcase and capitalise on this huge, glaringly obvious, market. And how about being allowed more than one woman at a time to be witty? We are so behind, it’s embarrassing!

The CWIP published winner receives recognition, a cash prize but even more importantly, the CWIP endorsement changes perceptions and increases visibility. Here is how CWIP has helped authors:

‘You have changed people’s lives. You have built a legacy’

- Kirsty Eyre, CWIP unpublished winner 2019

Marian Keyes, bestselling author and Head Judge, believes fervently in ‘pushing boundaries for female fiction.’

Thing is, I can’t do the pushing and get to 2021 without your help. With a bit more of your loveliness for reading this far, we can continue to create new careers and visibility for witty women. Can you offer a tenna? (not the pad, unless you’ve got loads) and be part of this with us. We get it if you can’t spare anything right now, but bear in mind the power of laughing is better than a Victoria Sponge, sex, or golf.

I don’t want the last five years of cajoling, canvassing, creating windows of opportunity to have been for nothing. All literary prizes have considerable costs attached, particularly with the imminent 2020 shortlisted and winner’s announcement. They just do. Admin, PR, technical, author-led masterclasses, and a ceremony to enable writers, agents, and publishers to connect. To have got this far it would beyond tragic not to continue.

With your help, we can keep our team together, we can secure and build on this initiative. Most importantly, we can ensure CWIP keeps going.The prize has a future. Let's keep changing women's lives in the way they deserve.

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  • Helen Lederer2 months ago
    Helen Lederer

    Helen Lederer

    2 months ago

    OMG THANK YOU to those special people - I can hardly dare hope that we can do this, but the generosity is blinking amazing and I promise we will work our socks off to make CWIP work

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  • Jonny Maitland

    Jonny Maitland

    Jun 30, 2020

    Well done Helen


  • Iain Dale

    Iain Dale

    Jun 30, 2020


  • Grace Carley

    Grace Carley

    Jun 23, 2020

    Keep up the good work, Helen!


  • Comedy Bloomers

    Comedy Bloomers

    Jun 22, 2020


  • Anonymous


    Jun 17, 2020

    Wishing you best of luck - and I am passing on info to some other friendsDavid

  • Elaine


    Jun 16, 2020

    Fantastic event and a great boost for female talent!


  • Celia Dodd

    Celia Dodd

    Jun 14, 2020

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