The Women’s Prize for Fiction launches a competition for new authors


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If you’ve been wanting to put pen to paper for years, or if you have a novel in mind waiting to be told, now is the time to get started…

Now in its third year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction Trust has opened submissions for its Discoveries Writer Development Program and Awards, which is run in partnership with Audible, Curtis Brown and Curtis Brown Creative (both part of the Curtis Brown Group). It is open to aspiring female writers of all ages who are currently unpublished and agentless.

The prize winner will receive an offer of representation from Curtis Brown and £5,000. The 16 shortlisted authors will receive a bespoke two-week online discovery writing development course, taught by Women’s Prize shortlisted author Charlotte Mendelson, and an annual subscription to Audible; while the six shortlisted writers will also have access to mentorship with a Curtis Brown agent, a free spot on a six-week online writing course with Curtis Brown Creative, and a studio session focused on writing and writing. audio recording with Audible. A promising writer, named ‘Discoveries Scholar’, will also win a free scholarship to attend a three-month internship Write your novel class with Curtis Brown Creative.

Judges for the prize include Kate Mosse, novelist and founding director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Chibundu Onuzo and Curtis Brown’s Lucy Morris and Anna Davis.

Submissions are open until January 15, 2023. Writers can submit up to 10,000 and are not required to have completed their novel.

“The Women’s Prize exists to amplify, honour, support and celebrate women writers, of all ages, wherever they come from, whatever their life experiences, whoever they are,” said Kate Mosse. “Discoveries is about new writers telling their own stories, across genres, and supporting the widest possible range of female voices and experiences to hear. Over the past two years, we’ve been blown away by the response from so many of talented, individual writers from across the UK and Ireland, many picking up their pens for the first time, others have been writing quietly for years but feel ready to share their work with others. is for all women with a story to tell, and we can’t wait to start reading this year’s submissions.”

Submissions are open from September 26, 2022 until 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2023. The longlist and shortlist will be announced in May 2023 and the winner in June.


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