Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 11, 2021

OPPORTUNITY: First Pages Prize – Unagented Fiction and Non-Fiction Writers

Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the First Pages Prize 2021 invites you to enter your first 5 pages of a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript.

The Judge

This year’s judge is acclaimed author and director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Lan Samantha Chang.

The Prize

For 2021, FIVE winners will receive US $5,000 total in cash awards, a developmental edit to support the completion of their manuscript, and an agent consultation for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Cash awards are as follows: 1st US$2,000, 2nd US$1,250, 3rd US$750, 4th and 5th US$500 each.

Full guidelines and terms & conditions are on our website. Prepare your pages and in the meanwhile, join our mailing list for updates.

Key info

Submit the first FIVE pages (maximum 1,250 words) of a longer work of fiction or creative non-fiction.

Double space your pages and kindly use Times New Roman 12-point font.

No alteration may be made once your entry is submitted.

Your full name must not appear on your document (do check your header and footer) to ensure judging anonymity. You must be currently un-agented to enter and your entry must not be previously published, even on a blog or Wattpad.

Submission dates

Entries open: January 1, 2021

Entries close: February 7, 2021 at 23:59 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Extended entry deadline: February 21, 2021 at 23:59 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please check a time zone converter to avoid disappointment and inability to enter, e.g.:

Entry Fees

The fee per entry is US $20.

The fee per entry for the extended deadline is US $35.

Entry fees for submissions that fail to observe submission guidelines cannot be refunded.

More about entries

Simultaneous submissions are possible, however, if your entry wins 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in another competition — or if you gain representation with a literary agent — you must withdraw from the First Pages Prize by emailing Your entry fee will be refunded (minus processing + transaction fees).

Entries (or drafts of entries) that have already won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in another competition are not eligible to enter.

Entries (or drafts of entries) that previously entered the First Pages Prize and did not place 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th ARE eligible to enter.

By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to the full competition guidelines, terms and conditions:

Please remember to read the full guidelines and terms & conditions before entering.

How to Enter

1) Click the “link below

All submissions must be made through the Submittable platform.

2) Click “create account and continue” to create a Submittable account or log in if you are already a member.

3) Fill in the form. Please be assured that any information you enter about yourself on the form is not seen by the reviewers or judge. All entries are blinded. Reviewers ONLY see your story’s TITLE and its GENRE (fiction or creative nonfiction). Your full name must not appear in your story’s title.

4) Enter payment details by credit / debit card or PayPal.

5) Upload your pages as one file. PDF, Word, Docx, Doc, TXT, RTF, ODT, WPF or WPD files are accepted.

6) Click “Submit”

7) You will see a screen that says, “submission successfully submitted” and receive an email acknowledging receipt of your entry. You will be directed to join our mailing list, please consider joining if you haven’t already, to hear the latest first.

Winners will be notified in April 2021.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I didn’t notice a prohibition of illustrated or manuscripts with photos. Are these prohibited?


    • Well, I haven’t seen your book, but they probably didn’t mention that, since what you are sending in is only 5 pages.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Kathy.


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