The Women’s Prize Trust, NatWest, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative Writing School have partnered to create Discoveries, a unique initiative searching for the most talented and original new female writing voices in the UK and Ireland.
The Discoveries writing development programme was set up in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – and builds on the principles of regionality, inclusivity and accessibility that were at the heart of the 2019 Curtis Brown First Novel Prize.
Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English, to submit their works of fiction to the Discoveries Prize. The prize doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only to have started one – and it is free to enter.
The prize will accept novels in any genre of adult fiction and entrants will be required to submit only the first 10,000 words of their novel with a synopsis.
Discoveries is now open for entries. The competition will close at midday on 17 January 2021.
A longlist of sixteen and shortlist of six writers will be selected by a judging panel chaired by acclaimed author and Women’s Prize Founder Director Kate Mosse. She will be joined by author Abi Daré, literary agent Lucy Morris, Curtis Brown Creative Managing Director Anna Davis, and Director for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature Sandeep Mahal.
The winner will be offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000.
All longlisted and shortlisted authors will be offered personalised packages of mentorship from a Curtis Brown agent or industry expert tailored to their individual needs, as well as free or discounted places on Curtis Brown Creative’s writing courses.
How to enter
If you’d like to enter, click the button above (or go to discoveries.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/) and fill in the form to send us the first 10,000 words of your novel and a synopsis of up to 1,000 words. Novels do not need to be finished before you enter the competition, but you should be able to summarise in your synopsis the main plot of your work-in-progress.
Every novel starts with a first line, every career with a first moment of inspiration and we want to reach out to writers in their communities to offer them encouragement and practical support at the beginning of their creative journeys.
As well as the prize this programme includes free online content. This will include everything from interviews with publishing industry professionals to practical advice and inspiration from former winners and shortlistees of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, as well as a series of teaching notes by Curtis Brown Creative Writing School to help writers craft their submissions.