First Pages Prize

Lizzie Harwood
December 4, 2018

The First Pages Prize is open for submissions for the first 5 pages (1,250 words maximum) of a longer work of fiction or creative non-fiction.

Three winners each receive a cash prize and partial developmental editing to support the completion of their manuscript. The prize money is awarded as follows: US$1,000 for 1st place, US$750 for 2nd, and US$500 for 3rd. In addition, 1st and 2nd place winners are invited to attend the main program of the 2019 Stockholm Writers Festival with accommodation and a stipend dependent on geography to assist in traveling to Stockholm, Sweden.

Open worldwide, the competition is for writers who are currently unagented, whether previously published or unpublished. Entries must be unpublished, original and written in English.

The prize’s judge is Paul McVeigh. Prizes are supported by The de Groot Foundation and Stockholm Writers Festival.

Regardless of genre, works will be judged on overall craftsmanship, originality and a sense of story emerging. Our judges should be compelled to want to read more.

Entries close February 3, 2019 and winners are notified by or before March 23. Prize presentation will be on May 3, 2019 during the Stockholm Writers' Festival. For full guidelines and to enter, visit or Submittable