Female authors are laughed the last time, because the comic fiction prize won by people is dominated by women

Female authors get the last laugh because the comics consistently won by men are dominated by women

It is a literary prize that only three women have ever won, and that has been revealed by a top author of allegations of sexism.

But now the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction has produced a shortlist dominated by women, with only two men among six contenders.

The bestselling writer Marian Keyes asked last year why she had not been shortlisted for the prize.

The bestselling writer Marian Keyes asked last year why she had not been shortlisted for the prize

The bestselling writer Marian Keyes asked last year why she had not been shortlisted for the prize

& # 39; Tell me what you like, my books are funny, they are comical. What else do I need to do to qualify? "She complained.

The Wodehouse Prize was not awarded at all in 2018 because none of the books that were put forward gave rise to & # 39; unanimous, abundant laughter & # 39; of the judges.

Now it's back and Nina Stibbe has made the shortlist for the third time with her book Reasons to be Cheerful.

Lissa Evans also returns for the third time with her eighth novel, Old Baggage

Lissa Evans also returns for the third time with her eighth novel, Old Baggage

Now it's back and Nina Stibbe has made the shortlist for the third time with her book Reasons to be Cheerful.

Now it's back and Nina Stibbe has made the shortlist for the third time with her book Reasons to be Cheerful.

Now it's back and Nina Stibbe (photo on the right) has made the shortlist for the third time with her book Reasons to be Cheerful. Lissa Evans (left) also returns for the third time with her eighth novel, Old Baggage

Lissa Evans also returns for the third time with her eighth novel, Old Baggage.

They compete with Kate Davies & # 39; first adult novel, In at the Deep End and Vacuum in the Dark by American writer Jen Beagin.

The two men are Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle, for Charlie Savage and New Zealander Paul Ewen, with Plug: Writer in Residence.

Famous authors are told to write their new novels under pseudonyms due to an & # 39; obsession & # 39; with debut writers, Joanne Harris has claimed.

Harris, 54, best known for her novel Chocolat, said the publishing house wanted to sign new authors because they were more likely to win the major literary prizes.

She tweeted: & # 39; More and more experienced authors (mostly women) are advised to write under a different name so that their publisher can present them as debut authors. & # 39;

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