Update: The First Page Challenge

The First Page Challenge is a writing contest for novelists. Hook us in a single double-spaced page for a chance to win a growing prize pool, plus publication on the Chopping Blog.

Our judge, Michelle Barker, will be asking herself one question: how likely am I to turn this page and keep reading?

Update: we've just hit 60 entries!

That means the prize pool is up to $200 for 1st and $100 for 2nd. With ten more entries, third place is firmed up at $50. After that, all additional entries contribute to the first place prize. In our last contest, the prize for first place got up to $720. We might be on track for a similar amount since most entries arrive in the final two weeks.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2020.


Check out the 2019 winner here

The First Page Challenge: a writing contest for novelists

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