Mel Giedroyc and Dolly Alderton are among the writers who will compete for the 2021 Comedy Women in Print award.
The only award for the funniest novels written by women was launched in 2019 by stand-up comedian Helen Lederer.
The six nominees this year include The Best Things by former Bake off presenter Giedroyc.
Judges praised a “polished debut novel” that “turns a tattered story into wealth.”
Ghosts is the first fiction film by Alderton, author of the famous memoir All I Know About Love. His novel is said to be a “witty, relatable, big-hearted story of modern life, love and relationships.”
Lynne Truss is nominated for Murder by Milk Bottle, the third novel in her detective detective series Twitten.
Native American writer Diksha Basu is on Destination Wedding’s list with Jesse Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties, a “murder rom-com,” already chosen to be adapted by Netflix, features a matriarchal family of Chinese wedding planners. Indonesians.
Domestic Bliss and Other Disasters is the first film by Jane Ions, a former Punch columnist whose story tells the story of a middle-aged woman trying to put herself first.
Lederer said the £ 3,000 prize, designed to increase exposure of female voices in all genres of comedy writing, had an important role to play.
“Now, in our third year, we’ve created witty writing careers and honored wonderful comedic writers,” she said.
“We need to catch up with the recent enthusiasm for female comedy on TV and extend it to the page. School leavers might be able to name Caitlin Moran and, in a hurry, Muriel Spark, but are struggling for more spiritual female author names.
The winners of the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2021, including a prize and a publication contract for the most promising new writer, will be announced at a ceremony in London on Monday, November 8.
The jury includes bestselling novelist Joanne Harris, Maureen Lipman and Steph McGovern.