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 Entrants should not currently be represented by a literary agent, and novels must be unpublished.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

29 May

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Dalry Town Hall
£5

29th May 2019 – Dalry – Isle of Dogs

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
Runtime: 1 hr 41 mins
Released: 2018

12 Jun

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Dalry Town Hall
£5

12th June 2019 – Dalry – A Star is Born

One of the major hits of the last 6 months. A reworking on the classic theme of the established star on the way down being overtaken by his protégé. Bradley Cooper acts and directs, with Lady Gaga.

Director: Bradley Cooper
Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Runtime: 2 hrs 16 mins
Released: 2018

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Tolbooth Art Centre
64 High St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JL, 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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2 B7063, Newton Stewart DG8 8LH, UK
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Lochans
8 Lochans Mill Ave, Stranraer DG9 9BZ, UK
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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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2 Welsh Pl, Portpatrick, Stranraer DG9 8TZ, UK
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Blackcat Cottage, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SH, UK
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Dunscore – Flicks in the Sticks – Glenriddell Hall
3 Church Cres, Dunscore, Dumfries DG2 0TA, 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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Sorbie
1 Wigtown Rd, Sorbie, Newton Stewart DG8 8EL, UK
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