Creative writing award: Discoveries 2022


11 October 2021
Now in its second year, Discoveries is a development programme for aspiring female novelists

The Discoveries programme is run by The Women's Prize Trust, Audible, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative. It culminates with the Discoveries Prize, which is given for an unfinished novel in progress.

Discoveries is a free-entry contenst and invites entries from unpublished female novelists from the UK and Ireland. Novel manuscripts must be aimed at adult readers, and do not need to have been completed.

The Discoveries Prize winner will receive £5,000, representation from Curtis Brown Literary Agency and the chance to workshop their manuscript with an Audible editor. There will a shortlist of six writers, all of whom will be offered mentoring with a Curtis Brown editor, a free place on a six-week Curtis Brown Creative course and studio sessions with Audible. One writer from the shortlist will be named the Discoveries Scholar and will win a free scholarship place on Curtis Brown Creative's three-month Writing Your Novel course. 16 longlisted writers will be invited to join a two-week Discoveries Writing Development Course.

The judges are Kare Mosse, Ayisha Malik, Irenosen Okojie, Anna David and Lucy Morris.

To enter, send the first 10,000 words and a synopsis of up to 1,000 words. Each writer may send one entry only.  Entry is free.

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The closing date is 17 January 2022.

For full details see the website.


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