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Meet our 2022 Discoveries judges

We’re delighted to announce our 2022 Discoveries judging panel, chaired by international bestselling author and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse. She will be joined by esteemed authors Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie, Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris; and founder and MD of Curtis Brown Creative writing school Anna Davis. They will select a longlist of 16 and a shortlist of 6 writers before selecting an overall winner. 

Watch the video below to meet our judges and find out what they’re looking for in a winning entry:

If you want your work to be read by these brilliant judges, enter Discoveries 2022 – find full details of entry requirements, our prize package, and FAQs here.

Kate Mosse, Novelist & Founder Director of Women’s Prize for Fiction, said: “The Women’s Prize has always championed women authors – wherever they come from, whatever their age, whatever their genre of writing – to tell their own stories and worked to ensure that the widest possible range of female voices and experiences are heard. When the Women’s Prize Trust launched the Discoveries writing programme in 2021, we were blown away by the response from so many talented and inspiring writers and it’s been hugely gratifying to see a number of them go on to receive representation from agents. We are absolutely thrilled to be building on last year’s success and to be creating an enhanced programme in 2022, with the aim of receiving even more submissions from all over the UK and Ireland. As well as welcoming budding writers, we also hope to inspire women who haven’t picked up the pen before, who perhaps haven’t had time or the opportunity to explore their creativity.”

Discoveries invites unpublished women writers from the UK or Ireland to submit the opening of a novel in English, of up to 10,000 words.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.

Lucy Morris, Agent, Curtis Brown, said: “We are delighted to be launching Discoveries for a second year, to reach thousands more writers and offer support and encouragement as they work towards finishing their novels. We have an exciting new prize offering this year, but two core principles remain exactly the same: whether you began five decades, five years, five months or five minutes ago, we want to hear from you; it’s originality and imagination that our readers and judging panel will be looking for – potential, not polish.”

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. The course will focus on the works-in-progress of the longlisted writers, using one-to-one tutorials, live teaching on Zoom, and writing exercises and group discussion on Curtis Brown Creative’s online learning platform. Taking place from 27th June to 8th July 2022, the course will culminate in a teaching session with Curtis Brown literary agents. All 16 writers will also receive an annual Audible subscription.

Anna Davis, MD Curtis Brown Creative, said: “We at Curtis Brown Creative are thrilled to take part in Discoveries 2022. With Covid hopefully easing its grip, we are keen to try to reach even more women who are writing – or who want to start writing – than we were able to last year, and to help them to develop their work through the provision of free writing resources and online workshops. We’re particularly excited to be creating the brand new two-week online course for the longlisted writers. We consider that one of the very best things we do at Curtis Brown Creative is to bring writers together in mutually supportive groups which stay in touch long after our courses are over. We relish the opportunity to bring together and work with 16 talented women writers in this way.”

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.

Find more information on how to enter, plus our programme of free content and events, here > > >

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