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This prize aims to find the best opening page of a novel-in-progress written in the English language. Our judge will be looking at the quality of writing, originality, a sense that a story or bigger narrative is emerging, and whether the opening hook entices readers to turn the page.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2020

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Will be open to submissions from 15 June 2023 12:00 AM EDT (in 256 days) through 15 July 2023. 0
Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults, Young adults, All nationalities.
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Novel Excerpt Novel ExcerptNo specific word count limits known.
Winner's Prize:
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Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
OK No No OK OKText format submissions
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Last Updated: 15 Jul 2022
Last Checked: 26 Sep 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 30 May 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 05 Jun 2021

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