Posts Tagged ‘manuscript writing contests’


5 January 2020

Deadline: This contest closes 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


  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 The competition is for writers who are NOT currently represented by a literary agent, whether previously published or unpublished.

  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, France 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 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 Entries must be an unpublished, original work.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 enter 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.

We look forward to receiving YOUR entries.

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics

The FIRST PAGES PRIZE competition adheres to the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses Contest Code of Ethics as stated below.

“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

New Publish or Perish Contest Celebrates Authors as Marketers

8 July 2015

JOHNSBURY, VT.– Brigantine Media is proud to announce the first publishing contest that rewards both writing quality and marketing muscle. The Publish or Perish contest will reward an author who has both written a great manuscript and developed a strong platform for marketing the book.

The winner of the Publish or Perish contest will receive a publishing contract for the book and a $2,000 advance against royalties. The book quality and marketing plan are given equal weight in determining the winning entry. Writers can enter the contest at

There is no fee for entering the contest.

“Think American Idol crossed with Shark Tank,” said Neil Raphel, acquisitions editor of Brigantine Media. “Even a great book won’t get attention from readers unless there is a plan for developing an audience. Our experience is that publishing success or failure depends on our authors’ commitment to marketing.”

Brigantine Media is hoping to identify a number of promising book projects from the contest entries. “We typically publish business, fiction, and education books,” said Janis Raye, editorial chief at Brigantine Media, “but we’re accepting manuscripts for books of any genre in the Publish or Perish contest.”

Successful Brigantine Media authors have built their audience in a variety of ways: business authors who are acknowledged experts in their fields; bloggers who have devoted readers eagerly awaiting their next book; writers who speak frequently to audiences about their book. The winning entry in the Publish or Perish contest will include a well-developed plan to help the book be successful.

   The Publish or Perish contest deadline for entries is August 15, 2015 and the winner will be announced September 15, 2015.

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Brighthorse Book Prize

23 April 2015

Deadline: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Entry Fees

$25 per entry


$1,000 and publication to the best novel, collection of short stories, and collection of poetry received.


The Brighthorse Book Prize, now in its second year, is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction and poetry collections. Three prizes will be given in 2015. Authors writing in English—regardless of nationality, residence or publication history—may submit to the competition. Winning manuscripts will be published by Brighthorse Books. A $1,000 prize and publication will be offered to one writer in each category. The editors reserve the right to offer to publish any manuscripts submitted to the competition in addition to the prize winners.

Contact Information



12 April 2014



Two cash prizes will be awarded: First Prize of $1,000, and Second Prize of $500.

The judges may withhold prizes if in their opinion no play merits the award.

Only full-length scripts are accepted.

Deadline April 15, 2014.

The competition is open to all playwrights.

Submissions must be new full-length plays.

Musicals will not be considered.

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The CutBank Chapbook Contest

7 March 2014

: March 31 2014

: Publication, $1000 cash prize, and 25 contributor copies. 

: This CutBank Chapbook competition is open to original English language manuscripts in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. While previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published collections are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note that reading fees are non-refundable, and you must withdraw the manuscript immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Please do not include cover artwork with your submission; black and white illustrations are acceptable so long as you’ve obtained the rights. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members. Reading Fee: 
$20. Includes consideration and a copy of CutBank 81 upon its release in summer 2014. (International applicants must send an addition $5 to receive a copy of the issue)

What We’re Looking For:
 Startling, compelling, and beautiful original work. We’re looking for a fresh, powerful manuscript. Maybe it will overtake us quietly; gracefully defy genres; satisfyingly subvert our expectations; punch us in the mouth page in and page out. We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres. Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book.

Guidelines for Electronic Submissions:We only accept submissions electronically. Entries must be received no later than midnight MST on March 31, 2014. Please submit 25 to 40 pages of typed poetry or prose in either DOC/DOCX/RTF/PDF format. For poetry and short prose, please include no more than one piece per page. Images are acceptable, but only in black and white; you must obtain reprint rights for any included images. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page addressing where sections have been previous published. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first two pages of the document: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted at in late May 2014. 

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8 June 2013

The contest is open to any professional or non-professional writer, regardless of nationality, who has never been the author of a published mystery. All manuscripts submitted must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language by the contestants. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the details of the crime.The story’s primary setting is the Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. (The decision of the Competition’s judges as to whether or not a manuscript qualifies will be final.) If a winner is selected, St. Martin’s Press will publish the winning manuscript by offering to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the contestant. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.

Deadline August 1, 2013.

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Win the $1,000 cash prize for Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize for Best Book 2013

2 June 2013

Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book 2013

will receive $1,000 plus prizes and promotion.


The winner will be announced in early
October 2013. There will be only one CBR Grand Prize Blue Ribbon
Winner 2013. Only First Place Genre award winners may compete for
the Grand Prize for Best Book 2013. If a manuscript wins, it will
be eligible to be forwarded to literary agents who have contacted
CBR for first peeks at outstanding manuscripts (upon author approval).

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