Books  |  Jun 17, 2020

Curtis Brown partners with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to launch Discoveries

In honour of the 25th anniversary year for the Women's Prize for Fiction, Curtis Brown and Curtis Brown Creative writing school are partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to launch Discoveries, a pioneering programme to support emerging female writers.

Building on the principles of regionality, inclusivity and accessibility that were at the heart of the 2019 Curtis Brown First Novel Prize, Discoveries invites women to submit their work of fiction from September 2020. The programme doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only the opening three chapters or up to
10,000 words – and it is free to enter. The longlist and shortlist of Discoveries will be announced in the spring of 2021 and will be invited to attend the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony in summer 2021.

Since the Discoveries programme was first announced in March, we have taken the decision to spread the word more widely earlier than planned, in acknowledgement of the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic will have cut into many women’s free time and resources more than ever. We hope that entrants will be able to take advantage of a longer lead-in period over the summer months.

Lucy Morris, literary agent at Curtis Brown Literary Agency, and Anna Davis, MD of Curtis Brown Creative writing school said:

A brilliant writer can come from anywhere. She can be any age and of any background. Finding, supporting and developing emerging talent from first pages to long-term writing careers is at the very heart of both the Curtis Brown Literary Agency and the Curtis Brown Creative writing school. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to champion regionality, inclusivity and accessibility with the launch of Discoveries.

Curtis Brown Literary Agency, Curtis Brown Creative Writing School, the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest will curate a programme of free online content across their platforms ahead of applications opening in September. This will include everything from interviews with publishing industry professionals to practical advice and inspiration from former winners and shortlistees of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, as well as a series of teaching notes by Curtis Brown Creative Writing School to help writers craft their submissions.

Kate Mosse, Founder Director of Women’s Prize for Fiction, said:

“Somewhere out there, our Women’s Prize winner of the future is considering whether to pick up the pen – to her I want to say: do it. We’re here to help you on your way. The Women’s Prize has always championed female writers to tell their own stories and make sure their voices are heard. Whether you're 88 or 18, the beginning of one’s writing journey is a crucial time, so let us show you the way.”

You can find further information about Discoveries here. []