Arts & Culture

Women’s Prize for Fiction – Applications Open September 2020

07 September 2020

In honour of the 25th anniversary year for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and in recognition of untapped diverse and exceptional writing talent across the country, the Women’s Prize Trust, powered by NatWest and Curtis Brown, is launching Discoveries: a unique programme supporting and championing new female writers in the UK and Ireland

The programme doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only the opening three chapters or up to 10,000 words – and it is free to enter.

Women of all ages and backgrounds to submit their work of fiction from September 2020.

Ahead of applications opening in September, the partners will curate a programme of free online content.

A longlist of 16 and a shortlist of six writers will be selected by a judging panel, with the winner offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000.
All longlisted and shortlisted authors will be offered personalised mentorship packages from a Curtis Brown agent or industry expert tailored to their needs, and free or discounted places on Curtis Brown Creative’s creative writing courses.

Discoveries will open for entries from September 7 2020 – January 17 2021. The programme will be open to all women aged 18 and above, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English. The programme will accept novels in any genre of adult fiction.

The longlist and shortlist of Discoveries will be announced in the spring of 2021 and the authors will be invited to attend the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony in summer 2021.


Click here for more information.


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