Women’s Prize Trust seeks aspiring novelists for 2022 Discoveries programme – closing 17 Jan 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 The programme culminates with awarding the Discoveries Prize for an unpublished novel-in-progress.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.


The 2022 judging panel will be chaired by Kate Mosse, international bestselling novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize; and includes esteemed writers Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie; Lucy Morris, Curtis Brown literary agent; and Anna Davis, Founder and Managing Director of Curtis Brown Creative.

To enter

Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, currently residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English, to submit their works of adult fiction to the Discoveries Prize.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The programme culminates with the awarding of the Discoveries Prize in June 2022 for an unpublished novel-in-progress.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).

Entrants must enter via Curtis Brown Creative at the link below.

Women’s Prize Trust

Submissions are open until 11:59pm on 17 January 2022. The longlist and shortlist will be announced in May, and the winner in June 2022.

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