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Discoveries Posts

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 […]

13 October 2021

Ayisha Malik: ‘Think about what makes your story unique – why it’s different to anything that’s out there already’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with acclaimed author Ayisha Malik. Ayisha is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land. She was a WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick and Sofia Khan was a London CityReads choice in May 2019. Ayisha is winner of The Diversity Book Awards and has been shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award, Marie Claire’s Future Shapers Awards and h100’s Awards for Publishing and Writing. Ayisha is also part of the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will join author and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, award-winning author Irenosen Okojie, CBC’s founder and director Anna Davis, and Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris.

06 October 2021

Irenosen Okojie: ‘I’m intrigued by combining the everyday with the surreal’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with award-winning author Irenosen Okojie. Irenosen’s debut novel Butterfly Fish won the 2016 Betty Trask Award. Her most recent short story collection Nudibranch was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020. In 2021 she was awarded an MBE For Services To Literature. Irenosen is also part of the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will join author and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, acclaimed author Ayisha Malik, CBC’s founder and director Anna Davis, and Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris.

30 September 2021

How to prepare your submission to Discoveries 2022

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

We are so excited to announce that Discoveries 2022 is now open for entries! We and the Curtis Brown Literary Agency and proud to be partnered with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run this unique writing development initiative for a second year. Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, currently […]

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 […]

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