Deadline: March 1, 2024

Entry fee: $35

About the competition

First Pages Prize invites you to enter your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Prizes in both fiction & creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the prize supports emerging writers with cash awards, developmental mentoring, & agent consultation. Opens March 1, 2024.

This year’s prize judge is Edwidge Danticat!

Competition guideline

  • CAN I ENTER 1,250 WORDS FROM LATER IN MY BOOK?
    It should be the first pages of your entire manuscript as we want to see great openings to stories. So, the first pages from a later chapter don’t show us that crucial opening to your story.
  • IF I’M IN EMAIL CONTACT WITH AN AGENT AND SORT OF WORKING WITH THEM ON MY MANUSCRIPT, DOES THAT MEAN I’M INELIGIBLE?
    Until you have signed a contract of representation with an agent, you are still un-agented and thus eligible in that regard, to enter.
  • DO YOU ACCEPT ENTRIES OF POETRY?
    We are currently not accepting poetry for First Pages Prize but are looking into how we could include poetry in the future.
  • CAN I ENTER AN ESSAY OR SHORT STORY?
    One of the three judging criteria is “a sense of a bigger story emerging” so a single essay or short story is unlikely to be able to show that sense of a bigger story. If you have a collection of short stories or essays then they would be eligible as a “longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction”, but it would be important to give a sense that there is a coherent, linked, book-length longer work behind the opening pages.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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