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The Women’s Prize Trust, Audible, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative writing school have partnered to run the Discoveries writing

Discoveries Writing Competition 2022

The Women’s Prize Trust, Audible, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative writing school have partnered to run the Discoveries writing development programme for a second year.

Discoveries is more than a traditional writing prize, 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. The programme culminates with awarding the Discoveries Prize for an unpublished novel-in-progress.

In its inaugural year of 2021, we were delighted to receive over 2,500 entries. The winning author, Emma van Straaten, has been signed by Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris.

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HOW TO ENTER THE PRIZE(Discoveries Writing Competition 2022)

Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, currently residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English, to submit their works of adult fiction to the Discoveries Prize. 

The prize doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only to have started one – and it is free to enter. We’re looking for writing that shows real potential, not necessarily polished drafts. 

We would also like to encourage applications from writers who submitted to the prize last year and have continued working on their story.

The programme culminates with the awarding of the Discoveries Prize in June 2022 for an unpublished novel-in-progress.

The prize will accept novels in any genre of adult fiction and entrants will be required to submit only the first 10,000 words of their novel with a synopsis of up to 1,000 words (but if you can, keep it shorter than that – 500 words is plenty).

Submissions close at 11.59 pm on 17 January 2022.

If you’d like to enter, click the button below (or go to discoveries.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/).


First prize

The winner will be offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000, plus have the opportunity to workshop their manuscript with an Audible commissioning editor, who will be specifically matched to their writing style and genre.


One promising writer from the shortlist of six will be named the Discoveries Scholar, this writer will win a free scholarship place to attend a three-month Writing Your Novel course with Curtis Brown Creative (worth £1,800).

All six shortlisted writers will be offered a mentoring session with a Curtis Brown agent plus free enrolment on a Curtis Brown Creative six-week online course (worth £210).

The shortlisted writers will also take part in studio sessions with Audible.


All 16 longlisted authors will be invited to join the two-week online Discoveries Writing Development course, which has been designed by Curtis Brown Creative. The course will be taught by acclaimed author Charlotte Mendelson and it focus on the works-in-progress of the longlisted writers, using one-to-one tutorials, live teaching on Zoom, writing exercises and group discussions on Curtis Brown Creative’s online learning platform.



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The Women’s Prize Trust, Audible, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative writing school have partnered to run the Discoveries writing
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