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Discoveries 2022 is open for entries!

Submissions are now open for our 2022 Discoveries writing development programme, delivered in partnership with Audible, Curtis Brown Literary Agency, and the Curtis Brown Creative writing school. Discoveries invites unpublished women writers from the UK or Ireland to submit the opening of a novel in English, of up to 10,000 words. Unlike most initiatives of this kind, writers are not required to have finished their novel, and Discoveries is completely free to enter.

Discoveries is more than a traditional prize whereby the winner receives an offer of representation and £5000; it is a pioneering development initiative which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. 

Head to our Discoveries page for FAQs, Terms and Conditions, and details of how to apply > > >

Designed to inspire as many emerging authors as possible to enter and to help writers craft their submissions, the Women’s Prize Trust, Audible, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and the Curtis Brown Creative writing school will curate a programme of free content to run throughout the submissions window, including writing tips and insights into the agenting and publishing process, practical advice and inspiration from judges, Women’s Prize for Fiction alumna and publishing professionals. The first is Curtis Brown’s ‘How To Get Started’ webinar on Thursday 4 November. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about these opportunities.

The support package offered to the Discoveries longlisted writers has been enhanced for 2022. A brand-new bespoke, two-week online Discoveries Writing Development Course has been designed by Curtis Brown Creative for the 16 writers, to be taught by CBC tutor Charlotte Mendelson, who was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2008 with When We Were Bad. All 16 writers will also receive an annual Audible subscription

The 2022 judging panel will again be chaired by Kate Mosse, international bestselling novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize; and includes esteemed writers Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie; Lucy Morris, Curtis Brown literary agent; and Anna Davis, Founder and Managing Director of Curtis Brown Creative writing school.

In our inaugural year of 2021, we had over 2,500 Discoveries entries. The winning author, Emma van Straaten, has been signed by Curtis Brown agent Lucy Morris; three other Discoveries longlisted writers have since accepted offers of representation by UK literary agents, and all 16 longlistees have been offered mentoring by Curtis Brown agents and the opportunity to take part in Curtis Brown Creative writing courses.  

The Discoveries longlist and shortlist will be announced in May, and the winner in June 2022.

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