Books  |  May 11, 2022

Announcing the Discoveries Prize longlist 2022

We’re delighted to share this year’s Discoveries Prize longlist, comprised of 16 novels-in-progress from unpublished women writers currently residing in the UK and Ireland. The Discoveries programme, run by the Women’s Prize Trust in partnership with Curtis Brown, the Curtis Brown Creative writing school (both part of The Curtis Brown Group) and Audible, aims to find aspiring female writing talent from across the UK and Ireland.

Over 2,500 women submitted their works of fiction to Discoveries (up from 2,300 in 2021). We were extremely impressed by the quality of work submitted and would like to thank all of the amazing writers who shared their work with us.

The longlisted titles have been selected by the Chair of judges Kate Mosse, international bestselling novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize, and her judging panel: esteemed writers Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie, Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris, and Anna Davis, Founder and MD of Curtis Brown Creative.

The programme seeks to provide encouragement and practical support to unpublished women writers of all ages and backgrounds from across the UK and Ireland.

Stay tuned for the shortlist announcement on Thursday 26th May…

In the meantime, congratulations (in alphabetical order) to our 2022 longlist:

Sui Annukka, Thursday
Rachel Brown, Shadow Dance
Nancy Crane, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Sadbh Kellett, Hunt the Hare
Nikki Logan, The Last Card in the Suit
Nell McGrath, The Story Library of the Saints
Rebecca Taylor McKay, Man & Wife
Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin, The Next Life
Zoe Norridge, Unsure
Claire O’Connor, The Roof of the World
Katy Oglethorpe, Stitches
Tara O’Sullivan, In the Quiet
Jude Reid, Dead Spaces
Ruth Rosengarten, Over
Claire Whatley, The Refuge
Sarah Williams, The Trap