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Discoveries Posts

16 June 2021

Discoveries Prize Class of 2020-2021

by Discoveries Discoveries, Events

Discoveries is a unique development programme and prize, which we launched in partnership with Curtis Brown Literary Agency, the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest, seeking to encourage and support talented and original new female writing voices from across the UK and Ireland. Discoveries did not require writers to have finished a novel – only to have started […]

09 June 2021

Announcing the Discoveries Prize winner

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Events

We’re delighted to announce the winner and runner-up of the inaugural Discoveries Prize, selected by our judging panel from the 2,300+ unpublished women that submitted their works of fiction. The winner of the prize is Emma van Straaten, her novel-in-progress Heartstring takes inspiration from her time working as a cleaner within her own London block […]

18 May 2021

Announcing the Discoveries Prize shortlist

by Discoveries Discoveries, Events

We’re delighted to share the inaugural Discoveries Prize shortlist. This list features six works-in-progress from unpublished women writers currently residing in the UK and Ireland. Over 2,300 women submitted their works of fiction to the inaugural Discoveries prize for an unpublished first novel, 73% of whom live outside London. Sixteen authors were initially longlisted by […]

05 May 2021

Announcing the Discoveries Prize longlist

by Discoveries Discoveries, Events

We’re delighted to share the inaugural Discoveries Prize longlist. This list features 16 works-in-progress from unpublished women writers currently residing in the UK and Ireland. These 16 titles have been selected by the Chair of judges Kate Mosse and her judging panel: bestselling author Abi Daré, literary agent Lucy Morris, Curtis Brown Creative’s founder and Managing Director Anna Davis, […]

13 January 2021

Ten tips for writing dialogue

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week Discoveries team member and Curtis Brown associate agent, Viola Hayden is talking […]

06 January 2021

How to edit your novel before submitting

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week Discoveries team member, experienced editor and Curtis Brown literary agent, […]

02 December 2020

Sandeep Mahal: ‘Have fellow travellers alongside you who can help… connect with other writers.’

by Discoveries Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Director […]

18 November 2020

#Deskoveries | Writing desk round-up

by Discoveries Discoveries, From Our Students

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. Last week we asked the Twitter writing community where they like to […]

28 October 2020

What makes a powerful opening line?

by Discoveries Discoveries, Writing Tips

An opening of a novel should transport you into the world of the story. These writing tips and examples from fiction will help you write a powerful opening.

21 October 2020

Lucy Morris: ‘I am always won over by confidence in debuts, unapologetic originality of voice and assured plotting’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Curtis […]

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