Discoveries Posts

11 May 2022

Announcing the Discoveries Prize longlist 2022

by Discoveries Discoveries, Events

We’re delighted to share this year’s Discoveries Prize longlist, comprised of 16 novels-in-progress from unpublished women writers currently residing in the UK and Ireland. 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 […]

12 January 2022

Final advice from the Discoveries 2022 judges

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme, which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. The final week for you to send in your submission to […]

05 January 2022

Jess Molloy: ‘I’m looking for stories with big heart and emotionally accessible characters’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

We caught up with Jess Molloy to find out more about what it is like working at a literary agency, what she enjoys reading and her advice for writers submitting to Discoveries 2022.

15 December 2021

Rosie Pierce: ‘I am always looking for storytelling that is led by a fresh and confident voice’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Rosie Pierce joined Curtis Brown in 2018, after working in the editorial department of an independent publisher in Edinburgh. She currently works alongside Felicity Blunt and is also building her own list of authors. Rosie is also one of the team working behind the scenes on Discoveries 2022, and is a reader for the prize.

24 November 2021

How to write a great 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.

17 November 2021

How to prepare your synopsis for Discoveries 2022

by Discoveries Discoveries, How To ..., Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme, which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. Discoveries will culminate with a prize, the author of the winning […]

10 November 2021

How to start writing your novel and stay motivated

by Discoveries Discoveries, How To ..., Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme, which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. Last week we ran the free Your Novel: How to Get […]

03 November 2021

Lucy Morris: ‘I am always drawn to clever observation and inventive storytelling’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris. Lucy is on the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will be joined by chair of judges and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, acclaimed authors Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie, and CBC’s founder Anna Davis.

27 October 2021

Anna Davis: ‘Hook us in with something intriguing or funny or mysterious or disturbing’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

The Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Anna Davis. Anna is the founder and Director of Curtis Brown Creative and the author of five acclaimed novels which have been published in twenty languages. She has been a journalist and Guardian columnist, as well as a Curtis Brown literary agent. Anna is on the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will be joined by chair of judges and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, acclaimed authors Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie, and Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris.

20 October 2021

Kate Mosse: ‘We’re looking for potential, for original voices, for imagination…’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme, which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with […]

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