Audible is joining Baileys in the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s family of sponsors for the next three years.
Effective from next year, Audible will be the primary sponsor for the prize's Discoveries writing development programme, which offers aspiring female writers of all ages and backgrounds practical support and encouragement at the beginning of their careers.
Harriet Hastings, m.d. of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Audible to our family of sponsors in 2022 and we are looking forward to working closely with them to bring even more readers to brilliant books by women through the medium of audio. Their support will also enable us to expand our Discoveries creative writing programme to help us reach an even wider range of undiscovered talent in 2022."
The Discoveries programme, now in its second year, will be extending its support package to all entrants, with open source teaching content and online workshops available throughout the September 2021 to January 2022 submission window. The 16 authors longlisted for Discoveries will receive an annual Audible subscription, as well as a two-week writing development course designed by Curtis Brown Creative.
The six shortlisted authors will also have free access to a Curtis Brown Creative writing course, personalised mentoring sessions, and workshops with Audible producers and actors. Three winners will be offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000, plus the opportunity to workshop their manuscript with an Audible commissioning editor.
Speaking about the partnership Aurelie De Troyer, s.v.p. for international content at Audible, said: "Great storytelling is a passion for both Audible and our members and we’re proud to have worked with some of the best literary talent from Claire McGowan, Josephine Perry, K L Slater and previous Women’s Prize for Fiction winner, Naomi Alderman, to name a few. It’s a joy to hear these stories brought to life by the wonderful narrators on our slate including Thandiwe Newton, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Jodie Comer.
"The Women’s Prize for Fiction has been a stand-out industry leader in promoting representation in the literary landscape and we are delighted to come together with a partner that shares our passion for celebrating inspirational female writers from across the globe."
The winner of the Women's Prize will be announced on 8th September.
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