23 January 2020

Celebrating Funny Female Writers

The judging line-up for the 2020 Comedy Women in Print (CWIP) Prize has been finalised and Falmouth University's Head of Writing and Journalism Dr Jennifer Young is among comedy royalty. Other judges include actress and screen writer Joanna Scanlan, stand-up comedian and actress Lolly Adefope and author and presenter Emma Kennedy.

Falmouth is proud to be a sponsor of the UK's only award celebrating witty women writers.

The CWIP Prize was created by actress, author and stand-up comedian Helen Lederer in 2019 to celebrate female comedy writing and as a way of discovering new talent.

Dr Jennifer Young is excited to be involved: "The CWIP prize is such an essential part of the literary landscape, and Helen Lederer is an absolute star for pioneering this recognition of funny female writers. Falmouth University are very proud to be launching the first MA in Comedy Writing in the UK. We're delighted to be working with CWIP, and one of the runners up will receive a funded place on the MA in Comedy Writing. As a judge, I'm looking forward to the range of novels we receive – last year's entries were so varied!"

Jennifer is on the judging panel for the CWIP Prize for unpublished novels, which is chaired by Fanny Blake, a former publisher and author of eight novels. They are joined on their panel by: Yomi Adegoke, award-winning journalist and co-author of bestseller Slay in Your Lane; Kate Bradley, Editorial Director at Harper Fiction; stand-up comedian, writer, director and activist Grace Campbell; and winner of the 2019 CWIP Unpublished novel category, Kirsty Eyre.

Entries for CWIP are open, the closing date for submissions is 2 March 2020. Prize winners will be announced at a winners event on 6 July 2020.

Visit the CWIP website to find out more about the awards.