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Creative writing competition: Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

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Win agency representation and £3,000 in the competition to celebrate 120 years of Curtis Brown

In partnership with Curtis Brown Creative, the literary agency has launched a prize to discover new voices in fiction. The chair of the judging panel is author Tracy Chevalier. The winning author will receive £3,000 and be offered agency representation. The runner up will be offered a place on the three-month novel writing course run by Curtis Brown Creative and a mentoring session with a Curtis Brown literary agent. Four shortlisted writers will be offered a place on six-week online Curtis Brown Creative course and a mentoring session with an agent.

To enter, writers must be unagented and novels must be unpublished. Send the opening up to 10,000 words including prologue, plus a one-page synopsis. Novels may be in any genre aimed at adult readers. Novels do not need to have been completed but entrants must be able to summarise them in their synopsis.

The closing date is 1 August.

For full details see the website.

 

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