20 July 2018

Current opportunities for aspiring authors from Curtis Brown Creative

Curtis Brown Creative
by Katie Smart Events

At CBC it’s very important to us that we continue to offer opportunities for aspiring authors. Whether through creative writing competitions or even fully-funded scholarships for writers on our selective entry courses. We want to inspire you to get writing and get involved with what we do.

Here is a round-up of the scholarships and competitions we are currently supporting:


We currently have two fully-funded scholarships open for applications …

The Marian Keyes Novel-Writing Scholarship

We’re hugely excited that one of the most successful Irish authors of all time – Marian Keyes – has generously offered to provide funding for one talented writer who is in need of financial assistance to be able to join Curtis Brown Creative’s six-month online novel-writing course – which will be taught by Lisa O’Donnell – this Autumn.

Marian Keyes has chosen to sponsor the 6-month online novel-writing course, rather than one of our London-based courses, because she wants the opportunity to be as potentially far-reaching and inclusive as possible. Our online courses are designed to enable people to take part from anywhere in the world – in any time zone, and at hours of the day or night that work best for the individual participant.

Read our exclusive interview with Marian Keyes.

Find out more and how to apply here. Deadline: 29th July 2018

The Sarah Quinn BAME Writing Scholarship for YA and Children’s Fiction

Former Curtis Brown Creative student Sarah Quinn is providing a new BAME writing bursary for our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course, taught by Catherine Johnson. One talented writer of colour will receive a fully paid place on the course, which runs this Autumn.

We want to encourage and support greater diversity amongst our students – and in doing so, to discover and foster exciting new voices for the future. Curtis Brown Creative – and our tutor Catherine Johnson – are hugely grateful to Sarah for her generosity in providing this scholarship.

Find out more and how to apply here. Deadline: 16th September 2018


#WriteCBC Twitter Competition

On the first Thursday of every month we post one writing tip and one writing task on Twitter and in our CBC blog.

The tip and task are tweeted at 11 am (UK-time) – and are also posted in our blog, where you can get some extra writing advice to help you with the task.

To take part – just have a go at the day’s task, and post the results up on Twitter – tagging @cbcreative, and including the hashtag #WriteCBC

The competitions close at 10 am (UK-time) the next morning – Friday. Each month we choose a winner and two runners-up, and tweet and post the results on our blog at 11 am (UK-time)

The winner gets a free place on one of our 6-week online courses for all-comers (worth £200). The two runners-up get a £50 discount off the price of one of the 6-week online courses.

Find out more about #WriteCBC here. Next #WriteCBC 2nd August 2018

Write Your Own Love Story with eHarmony and Trapeze

eHarmony and Trapeze Books’ Write Your Own Love Story competition is a creative writing competition for unpublished writers dedicated to finding the new great love story. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Trapeze – worth £10,000 – as well as mentoring from Trapeze author Anna Stuart. One lucky runner-up will be offered a free place on one of Curtis Brown Creative’s six-week online courses (Starting to Write Your Novel, Write to the End of Your Novel or Edit & Pitch Your Novel).

Read our blog from Write Your own Love Story judge and Trapeze Editor, Sam Eades’ tips for preparing your competition submission.

Find more details on the Write Your Own Love Story competition, including submissions guidelines here. Deadline: 30th July 2018

Grindstone International Novel Prize

Writers are invited to share their opening 3,000 words. Every entrant will receive personalised and actionable feedback of 300+ Words from the Grindstone Literary team.

Shortlisted writers will be published in Grindstone Literary’s year-end anthology and will be awarded a discount for one of our 6-week online courses (Choice of Starting to Write Your Novel, Write to the End of Your Novel, Edit & Pitch Your Novel). Plus, one lucky shortlisted writer will receive a free place on their choice of one of our 6-week courses.

Long and Shortlists are judged and decided by the Grindstone Literary Judging Team – the winner and runner-up will be selected by Emma Finn of C+W Literary Agency.

Entry Fee: £20 Grand Prize: £1,000 Runner-up: £100

Find out more about the competition here. Closing Date: 28th September 2018

With all of these fantastic opportunities for aspiring authors there’s no excuses… get writing, tweeting and applying. Team CBC can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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