14 October 2023
The writer development programme from The Women's Prize Trust is inviting entries from aspiring women novelists
Discoveries is a development programme aimed at discovering talented and original new female writing voices in the UK and Ireland. It is run as a partnership between The Women's Prize Trust, Audible, Curtis Brown literary agency and Curtis Brown Creative.
Prizes will be given for novel manuscripts by unpublished writers in any adult genre. Submit the first 10,000 words and a synopsis between 500 and 1,000 words. Novel manuscripts do not have to be completed.
The winner will be offered representation by Curtis Brown and £5,000. All six shortlisted writers will be offered a mentoring session with a Curtis Brown agent and a free place on a six week Curtis Brown Creative online course. One writer will be named 'The Discoveries Scholar' and win a free scholarship to attend a three-month Curtis Brown Creative Writing Your Novel course. All sixteen longlisted authors will receive a bespoke two-week online Discoveries Writing Development Course taught by Charlotte Mendelson.
This year's judges are Kate Mosse, Anna Davis, Natasha Brown, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Jess Molloy.
Entry is free.
The closing date is 8 January 2024.
For full details see the website.