Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 23, 2020

First Pages Prize For Emerging Writers

I noticed a previous winner won for a middle grade novel.


  1. The First Pages Prize is an annual prize awarded to three emerging writers. The competition is for writers who are NOT currently represented by a literary agent, whether for previously published or unpublished work.

  2. The three winners receive:

    a. a cash award (1st – $1,000, 2nd – $750, 3rd – $500 in US dollars)

    b. partial developmental editing to support the completion of their full manuscript

    c. invitation to a public reading of their work and prize presentation events in Paris on June 9-10, 2020 for the 1st and 2nd place winners

    d. travel stipend (based on geographic location) to Paris, France and two nights’ lodging for the 1st and 2nd place winners.

  3. Cash prizes are not transferable.

  4. The developmental edit is not transferable or redeemable.

  5. Travel to Paris must be reserved by the winners and any visas or entry requirements to visit France must be organized by the winners.

  6. Prizes are supported by The First Pages Prize, Inc. and The de Groot Foundation.


  1. The entrant’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript of the entry to ensure judging anonymity. The entrant’s name MUST NOT be part of the story title. Any entry failing to comply with this rule is immediately disqualified without refund of entry fee.

  2. Writers from anywhere in the world may enter, if eligible.

  3. Entrants must be individuals, not a company or organization.

  4. Entrants must submit the work using their name, not a pen name. A pen name may be used when announcing their win, if requested.

  5. Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of entering their work.

  6. Entries must be an unpublished, original work.

  7. Entries must be written in English.

  8. Entrants must be currently unagented. If you are working with an agent, you are NOT eligible to enter.

  9. Previously published entries (including on a website, Wattpad or any other online or offline platform) are NOT eligible to enter.

  10. If your entry wins another writing competition after you entered the FIRST PAGES PRIZE you must withdraw from the FIRST PAGES PRIZE by emailing us at Your entry fee will be refunded (minus processing + transaction fees), unless you submit a different entry (by the final date of the entry period).

  11. Entries (or drafts of entries) that have won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any other competition are not eligible.

  12. Entries (or drafts of entries) that previously entered the FIRST PAGES PRIZE and did not place 1st, 2nd or 3rd ARE eligible to enter.

  13. Translated works are not eligible.

  14. This competition is NOT open to members of the board or employees of the First Page Prize, The de Groot Foundation, the reviewers or juror. Family members of the aforementioned are also NOT eligible.

Entry Terms & Conditions

  1. Entries must be your original work.

  2. Entries must be written in English.

  3. Entries must not infringe upon the copyright of any person or entity.

  4. Copyright remains with the author.

  5. No entry will be returned or kept after the winners have been announced.

  6. Entries will be acknowledged upon submission.

  7. Cash awards will be paid within 15 days of prize presentation by bank transfer or TransferWise.

  8. By entering, entrants accept that their email address is added to the mailing list of the First Pages Prize.

  9. Travel stipends are awarded by geographical location in bands of: within Europe, from the US/Canada, from the Middle East, and from elsewhere worldwide.

  10. Entrants may submit more than one entry. Each entry needs to be submitted as a separate entry and you need to pay the fee for each entry.

  11. Specifics for entering:

    a. All entries must be made through the SUBMITTABLE platform

    b. Please submit the first 1,250 words (maximum) of a fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript (such as a novella, novel, memoir, etc.)

    c. Kindly double space your pages, using Times New Roman 12-point font

    c. No alteration may be made to the entry once it is submitted

  12. Entry timeline:

    a. Entries for the 2020 competition will open on January 1, 2020 and close at 23:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) February 2, 2020, with an extended deadline until 23:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) February 16, 2020

    Please check a time zone converter to avoid disappointment and inability to enter or

    b. Only entries received and paid for by the entry deadline will be considered.

    c. Entries that are not paid for, are incomplete, corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

    d. The entry fee for each entry is $25.00 and for extended deadline entries it is $35.00 in US dollars.

  13. By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the competition guidelines, terms and conditions.

Review & Juror Process

  1. The FIRST PAGES PRIZE entries are submitted to a blinded review process. The identity of the author is unknown to reviewers.

  2. Each entry is reviewed by multiple reviewers.

  3. Our judging criteria is: quality of writing, character development, originality, a sense of a story or bigger narrative emerging, and how much the writing hooked the reviewer.

  4. Our review and juror process adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics (see below).

  5. Only winners will be contacted.

  6. A “general feedback” email will be sent to all entrants in May, 2020. No individual feedback will be provided.

  7. The decisions of the reviewers and the juror are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.

Talk Tomorrow,



  1. Oh, that’s fun! I wonder if any picture book writers have ever won?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks, Kathy!

    Liked by 1 person

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