Every book starts with a first line, every career with a first moment of inspiration. The Curtis Brown First Novel Prize was created to find and support brilliant new voices. We can’t wait to discover yours!

A few quick rules before you start:
1. Entrants must be resident in UK or Ireland
2. No more than one entry per person
3. Curtis Brown Creative alumni are eligible to enter
4. You retain all rights to your material
5. Full terms can be seen here.

Enter your contact information

Type in or paste your story and select the genre

Please pick up to two genres which reflect your submission. Don’t worry if it’s not an exact representation of what you’re writing!

Please paste the opening 10,000 words of your novel here. This will usually work out to around the first three chapters. Although it might be tempting to choose your favourite parts of the whole novel, for this competition it must be the first 10,000 words. Please do not include any personal information, synopsis or any other text besides your writing.

Type in or paste your cover letter

We’d love to know a little about you and your writing (max 400 words please). You might like to tell us how you came up with the idea for the novel you’re submitting, if you’ve taken a creative writing course, which authors inspire you, or even just why you write.

Please paste a synopsis of up to 400 words here. This should tell us the main plot of your novel, and please don’t be shy about spoilers!

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