A shortlist has been revealed for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020

Megan Sutton
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The Comedy Women in Print Prize (CWIP) was set up by comedian, writer and actor Helen Lederer last year, and today (8 June) revealed the shortlists for awards that 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“In all three categories - for Published Comic Novel, Unpublished Comic Novel and Humorous Graphic Novel - the shortlisted stories demonstrate the unique way humour can tackle hard-hitting subjects such as mental health,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,” a press release for the prize said.

The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 shortlist for Published Comic Novels was judged by Lolly Adefope, Emma Kennedy, Marian Keyes, Pauline McLynn, Joanna Scanlan and Laura Steven. The shortlist is made up of the following books

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: the critical and commercial hit of the past year is a darkly comic take on life, love and family for a young Black British woman. (Trapeze).

Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen: a woman’s predictable life with an alcoholic mother is suddenly shattered, from a funny and exciting new voice in Irish literature (John Murray).

The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa: a razor-sharp social satire on men, mental health and money in today’s Johannesburg from an acclaimed South African author (Bloomsbury).

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary: a bestselling debut about unconventional living arrangements for London millennials (Quercus).

Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe: the third novel of the semi-autobiographical trilogy sees teenager Lizzie longing to get away from her troubled mother (Penguin Random House).

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman: a millennial who works in a bookshop starts a new chapter in life when the father she never knew dies, in this story by an LA-based ghost-writer (Headline).

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson CBE: inspired by Shelley’s Gothic classic, this author makes a rare appearance on a comedy shortlist with her laugh-out-loud set pieces about sex dolls, the bodies we live in and our desires (Jonathan Cape).

Marian Keyes, Chair of Judges for the CWIP Published Novels Prize said of the shortlist:

“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 winning author, will be announced in September and will receive a cash prize of £3000 from the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

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