24 June 2019

Lisa Babalis: ‘We are looking for authenticity and passion’

Lisa Babalis, Curtis Brown 120
by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize is August 1st …

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. 

To help you prepare your submission every Monday across the next 5 weeks a member of the Curtis Brown 120 Team will share their 3 top tips for writers thinking of entering the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize …

First up is Lisa Babalis! Lisa started her career at Curtis Brown as Jonny Geller’s assistant. Now she works as an editor for all the agents at Curtis Brown and is also currently building her own children’s book list …

1. Enter with the work you feel most strongly connected to, NOT what you think we will like. We are looking for authenticity and passion, not writing that fits a brief.

2. Proofread!  It shows that you care about your work and want to show it in its best light.

3. Submit to us. Try us! We love writing and stories of all kinds and would love to find new voices. Do not sit this out, thinking this is not for me. Take part! And possibly win £3,000 …

Find everything you need to know about the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize here

Meet the Curtis Brown 120 Team

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