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Discoveries 2022 FAQs

We answer your questions about Discoveries 2022.

How will I know if my submission has been successful? 

After completing the submission form (found here), you will receive an automated email from discoveriesprize@curtisbrown.co.uk notifying you that your submission has been received successfully. If you do not receive an email straight away please do check your junk or spam folder, as it might go into there. If you continue to have issues, please email discoveriesprize@curtisbrown.co.uk and we’ll try to help.

Who can enter? 

Discoveries is open to women aged 18 and above residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English.

Does it cost anything to enter?  

Discoveries is free to enter.  

Does my novel have to be in a particular genre?  

Discoveries accepts novels in any genre of adult fiction.  

May I enter my YA/children’s novel?  

The novel must be aimed at adults rather than young adults or children.  

Do I have to finish my novel in order to enter?  

Discoveries doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only to have started one. Entrants will be required to submit only the first 10,000 words of their novel and a synopsis. The word limit of 10,000 words is a maximum and you are free to submit less if you wish.

When can I submit my entry?  

Discoveries will open for entries from 30 September 2021 and close at 11.59pm on 17 January 2022.

How many times can I enter Discoveries 2022?

Writers eligible for Discoveries 2022 may only submit one entry.

I entered Discoveries 2021 – can I resubmit my entry to Discoveries 2022?

Yes you can! We hope that the time between Discoveries 2021 and Discoveries 2022 will have provided space for more writing and development, and we encourage you to take advantage of our free online resources as you prepare your submission this year, to give you the best possible chance of getting further in the prize this time around.

I have previously self-published my writing – am I still eligible?  

This novel must be unpublished. If you have previously self-published other work, you are still welcome to enter.  

Since submitting to Discoveries I have been offered representation by an agent / a publishing deal – am I still eligible? 

You are not eligible for Discoveries if you are currently represented by a literary agent. If you accept an offer of representation by an agent or accept a publishing deal after you have submitted your work for Discoveries, then you become ineligible. Please let us know if this is the case, and we will withdraw your entry. 

I have published academic work previously – am I still eligible?  

Yes, you are eligible to enter Discoveries if you have previously had academic work, including monographs, published by an academic press for an academic readership.*

I have published other non-fiction previously – am I still eligible?  

If you have previously published a non-fiction book with a traditional, non-academic publisher, then you are not eligible for Discoveries.  If you have self-published your other writing, or had your writing published in magazines or online, then you are eligible for Discoveries.*

I have published poetry previously – am I still eligible?  

If you have previously published a collection of poetry with a traditional publisher, then you are not eligible for Discoveries. If you have had a poem included in an anthology published by a traditional publisher, or in a publication or magazine, you are eligible to enter.*  

I have had my writing published in magazines or online – am I still eligible?  

If you have previously published your other writing in magazines or online, then you are eligible for Discoveries.  

I have had a short story or short stories published– am I still eligible?  

If you have previously published a collection of short stories with a traditional publisher, then you are not eligible for Discoveries.

If you have previously published a short story or short stories in magazines, anthologies published by traditional publishers or online, then you are eligible for Discoveries.  

If I’m having trouble submitting via the online form, what do I do? 

We’re so sorry you’re having trouble with the form! First of all, try refreshing the web page and starting again (we recommend typing your entries into a separate document so that you don’t lose your work if you need to refresh the page). If you are still struggling, you can write to us at discoveriesprize@curtisbrown.co.uk and we’ll try to help. Please note that this inbox will be monitored regularly, but you may not get an immediate response. 

My formatting has disappeared when I enter it into the online form – what do I do?  

Please don’t worry if your formatting (italics/bold/indenting) disappears when you enter your text into the online form. It will appear correctly when we view it! 

How will Discoveries be judged? 

A longlist of sixteen and shortlist of six writers will be selected by a judging panel. The 2022 judging panel will be chaired by Kate Mosse, international bestselling novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize; and includes esteemed writers Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie; Lucy Morris, Curtis Brown literary agent; and Anna Davis, Founder and Managing Director of Curtis Brown Creative.

What are the prizes?  

The winner will be offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000. One promising writer from the shortlist of six will be named the Discoveries Scholar, this writer will win a free scholarship place to attend a three-month Writing Your Novel course with Curtis Brown Creative (worth £1,800).

All six shortlisted writers will be offered a mentoring session with a Curtis Brown agent plus free enrolment on a Curtis Brown Creative six-week online course (worth £210).

The shortlisted writers will also take part in studio sessions with Audible.

All 16 longlisted authors will be invited to join the two-week online Discoveries Writing Development course, which has been designed by Curtis Brown Creative. The course will take place 27 June to 8 July 2022, it will be taught by acclaimed author Charlotte Mendelson and will focus on the works-in-progress of the longlisted writers, using one-to-one tutorials, live teaching on Zoom, writing exercises and group discussions on Curtis Brown Creative’s online learning platform. Learn more about the course here.

When are the winners announced?  

The key dates for Discoveries are: 

  • May 2022: Longlist of Discoveries announced 
  • May/June 2022: Shortlist of Discoveries announced 
  • June 2022: Winner of Discoveries is announced 

I have a question not covered in the FAQs.  

Please email the Discoveries team at discoveriesprize@curtisbrown.co.uk.

*If you are unsure if these terms surrounding previous non-fiction, academic and/or poetry publications apply to you please email discoveriesprize@curtisbrown.co.uk.

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