Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

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 & support brilliant new voices.

As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – has launched the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize, our mission to find the exciting new voices of the future.

Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and A Single Thread, will chair the judging panel formed of Curtis Brown agents and the Curtis Brown Creative team.

Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

The author of the winning novel will be offered representation by Curtis Brown plus a prize of £3,000, while the first runner-up will receive a place on a three-month novel-writing course at Curtis Brown Creative, and a mentoring session with one of the Curtis Brown literary agent team. A further four shortlisted entrants will be offered a place on a six-week online course with Curtis Brown Creative and a mentoring session with one of the Curtis Brown literary agent team.

The prize is now open for entries.

If you’d like to enter, send us the opening (up to) 10,000 words of your novel (including any prologue) and a one-page synopsis of up to 400 words. Novels do not need to be finished before you enter the competition, but you should be able to summarise in your synopsis the main plot of your work-in-progress. The competition will close at midday on 1st August 2019.

Anyone can enter so long as they’re 18 or over, writing a novel in English and resident in the UK or Ireland. Entrants should not currently be represented by a literary agent, and novels must be unpublished. If you have self-published your work, you are very welcome to enter! The novel can be in any genre but must be aimed at adults rather than young adults or children. Full terms and conditions are posted HERE: https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/terms-prize/
We are hugely excited to read the competition entries and to find new voices and stories. Curtis Brown agents and the Curtis Brown Creative team will choose a shortlist of six entries for the judging panel to read. The shortlisted titles will be announced in September. Tracy Chevalier will select the overall winner and runner-up, who will be revealed on 10th October.

It’s really important to get your 10,000 word opening and one-page synopsis as polished as possible. You can view some tips on how to perfect your entry to the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize here:
https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/how-to-prepare-a-great-submission-to-the-curtis-brown-first-novel-prize/

For further information, please contact cbccourses@curtisbrown.co.uk or visit https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/first-novel-prize/

The deadline is Thursday 01 August 2019 at 12:00.

 

Upcoming Screenings

30 Aug

Time: 8:30pm
Location: Castle Kennedy Gardens
£10

30th Aug 2019 – Castle Kennedy Gardens Open Air – Grease

Sing along with us as we screen the most popular musical of all time, right inside the gorgeous Castle Kennedy Gardens.
Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, let the soundtrack and classic love story captivate you under the stars in the ultimate summer cinema experience.

06 Sep

Time: 8:30pm
Location: Lochinch Castle Lawns
£10

6th Sept 2019 – Lochinch Castle Lawns Open Air Cinema – Bohemian Rhapsody

Join us on the lush lawns of Lochinch Castle for this foot-stomping, head-rocking, vocal alighting celebration of Queen. This is the story of one of the most beloved vocalists, Freddie Mercury, who leads the iconic band in an inspirational journey to the top of rock stardom.
Come along and enjoy what’s guaranteed to be a fabulous night of open-air cinema under the dazzling stars.

Our Screening Locations

Tolbooth Art Centre
64 High St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JL, UK
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Portpatrick
2 Welsh Pl, Portpatrick, Stranraer DG9 8TZ, UK
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Ballantrae
Ballantrae Parish Church, Main Street, Ballantrae, UK
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Canonbie
Beck House, Lymiecleuch, Canonbie DG14 0RD, UK
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Dundrennan
2 A711, Kirkcudbright DG6 4QH, UK
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Machars Movies
2 B7063, Newton Stewart DG8 8LH, UK
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Lochans
8 Lochans Mill Ave, Stranraer DG9 9BZ, UK
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Kirkcolm Village Hall
52 Main St, Kirkcolm, Stranraer DG9 0NN, UK
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Kirkpatrick Fleming
Village, Lockerbie DG11 3AY, UK
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Monreith
9 St Medans, Monreith, Newton Stewart DG8 9LL, UK
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Borgue Village Hall
Blackcat Cottage, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SH, UK
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Lochinch Castle Lawns
Unnamed Road, Stranraer DG9 8RT, UK
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Castle Kennedy Gardens
Unnamed Road, Stranraer DG9 8SJ, UK
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Port Logan
1 Nessock Terrace, Port Logan, Stranraer DG9 9NQ, UK
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Whauphill Village Hall
B7052, Newton Stewart DG8 9NN, UK
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Auchencairn Murry Hall
4 Church Rd, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas DG7 1QS, UK
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Eskdalemuir Community Hub
B709, Eskdalemuir, Langholm DG13 0QF, UK
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Cample Mill
89 Cample, Thornhill DG3 5HD, UK
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Dalry Town Hall
Southern Upland Way, Castle Douglas DG7 3SW, UK
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Wigtown
11 N Main St, Wigtown, Newton Stewart DG8 9HN, UK
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Twynholm Village Hall
3 Main St, Twynholm, Kirkcudbright DG6 4NT, UK
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Dunscore – Flicks in the Sticks – Glenriddell Hall
3 Church Cres, Dunscore, Dumfries DG2 0TA, UK
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Sorbie
1 Wigtown Rd, Sorbie, Newton Stewart DG8 8EL, UK
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