Discoveries: our writers’ development programme

Discoveries 2021 is now closed, but will re-open for entries for 2022 in September 2021. Sign up to our newsletter for updates on Discoveries 2022.

The Women’s Prize Trust’s Discoveries, powered by NatWest and Curtis Brown, is an ambitious writers’ development programme offering aspiring female writers of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys.

Launched in 2020 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and in recognition of untapped diverse and exceptional writing talent across the country, Discoveries invites women to submit their writing for the chance to be offered representation by Curtis Brown literary agency, a personalised mentorship packages and a free or discounted place on a Curtis Brown Creative’s creative writing course.

Kate Mosse, Novelist & Founder Director of Women’s Prize for Fiction, said:

“Somewhere out there, our Women’s Prize winner of the future is considering whether to pick up the pen – to her I want to say: do it. ‘Discoveries’ is here to help you on your way. For 25 years, the Women’s Prize has championed female writers to tell their own stories and make sure as diverse and wide a range of voices are heard. Whether you’re 88, 48 or 18, the beginning of one’s writing journey is a crucial time and the authors of tomorrow, whoever they are, wherever they are, deserve support today.”

The programme doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only the opening three chapters or up to 10,000 words – and it is free to enter.

A longlist of 16 and shortlist of six writers will be selected by a judging panel, with the winner offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000.

The 2021 longlist will be announced on 5th May 2021, the shortlist on 19th May 2021, and the winner on 9th June 2021.

In the meantime, get inspired by practical advice, writing prompts and inspiration with industry experts and experienced authors below.

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