First Pages Prize

About the Prize

The First Pages Prize is designed to recognize and support the work-in-progress of unagented writers and offers prize packages to help one winner and four runners-up develop and finish their fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry manuscript. The Prize is sponsored by The de Groot Foundation in partnership with the Stockholm Writers Festival (SWF).

The Prize Packages

1st prize is $700 USD, a developmental edit of the first 25 pages of the submittted manuscript, exposure and publicity as winner, the first few paragraphs read during SWF18, and a meeting with agents/editors during SWF18*

2nd prize is $400 USD, a developmental edit of the first 10 pages of the submitted manuscript, exposure and publicity as finalist, and a meeting with agents/editors during SWF18*

3rd prize is $200 USD, a developmental edit of the first 5 pages of the submitted manuscript, exposure and publicity as finalist, and a meeting with agents/editors during SWF18*

4th prize is $200 USD, a developmental edit of the first 5 pages of the submitted manuscript, exposure and publicity as finalist, and a meeting with agents/editors during SWF18*

5th prize is $200 USD, a developmental edit of the first 5 pages of the submitted manuscript, exposure and publicity as finalist, and a meeting with agents/editors during SWF18*

*the agent/editor meeting is available only to those winners/runners-up also attending the Stockholm Writers Festival 2018

Closing Date

March 13, 2018 (11:59 p.m. UTC+1).

Prize Presentation

The winning entries will be announced April 13, 2018 at SWF18. The developmental edit will be delivered within two months’ of SWF18 and the agent/editor meeting will be held on April 14, 2018 during SWF18.

The Judge

Adnan MahmutovicAdnan Mahmutovic

Adnan became a refugee of war in 1993 and wound up in Sweden. He has a doctorate degree in English literature and master of fine arts degree in creative writing. He is a lecturer and writer-in-residence at the Department of English, Stockholm University. His stories have dealt with contemporary European history and the issues of identity and home for Bosnian refugees. His works include Thinner Than a Hair (novel), How to Fare Well and Stay Fair (short stories), and Ways of Being Free (literary criticism). In 2017, Adnan was one of the judges of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

How to Enter

Entries must be online.

If you ARE attending SWF18:

Once you are registered as attending SWF18, email your submission directly to firstpagesprize@gmail.com. In the body of the email (not in your attachment) please include: Your first and last name, your address, your email address, your story’s title, how you heard about the First Pages Prize, and your word count. Attach your submission, ensuring your name DOES NOT appear anywhere in your entry. Only .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf files will be accepted.

If you are NOT attending SWF18:

STEP ONE: Pay the submission fee by PayPal or Swish.

To pay via PayPal: Pay the submission fee of $25 USD with PayPal by clicking on the link below, and make sure you record the Transaction ID. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay, you can use any credit card.




To pay via Swish: Pay the submission fee of SEK 215 to 123-636-7585 with “FIRSTPAGESPRIZE” and your name in the Message field. Take note of the reference number.

STEP TWO: When your payment has been processed fill in the entry form below, where you can upload your file as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file. Enter your PayPal Transaction ID or Swish Reference Number at the top so we can cross-reference and confirm your entry.










If you experience difficulties completing the online entry form, please email your submission to firstpagesprize@gmail.com. In the body of the email (not in your attachment) please include: Your PayPal Transaction ID number or Swish Reference number, your first and last name, your address, your email address, your story’s title and how you heard about the First Pages Prize. Attach your submission, ensuring your name DOES NOT appear in the manuscript anywhere. Only .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf files will be accepted.

We look forward to reading your submission.

Guidelines and Competition Rules

  • Each entry as an SWF18 attendee must be by a registered participant.
  • Each entry submitted by a non-attendee of SWF18 must have paid the $25 USD submission fee by PayPal or Swish.
  • Entries may be from any UNAGENTED writer living anywhere in the world.
  • You may enter more than one submission, but attendees of SWF18 can enter for free only for the first entry, and must pay the submission fee for each subsequent entry.
  • Entries should be typed, double-spaced in 12-point font and the first pages of a longer manuscript.
  • Entries must not exceed the first five (5) pages or 1,250 words of a fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry manuscript, excluding the title(s).
  • Entries must be unpublished, original work in English.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  • The entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on your submission document to ensure judging anonymity.
  • Entries from members of the Stockholm Writers Festival board, or any person assisting in the judging process, will not be accepted.
  • The judging is final and individual feedback on entries cannot be given.
  • No entry will be returned or kept after the winners have been announced.
  • No alteration to any submission may be made once it has been submitted.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • If your entry wins another writing competition you must withdraw from the First Pages Prize by emailing us at stockholmwritersfestival@gmail.com and your submission fee will be refunded unless you enter a different submission (before the Closing Date).
  • If you pay the $25 submission fee as a non-attendee of SWF, and then register to attend SWF, you must email us at stockholmwritersfestival@gmail.com so your submission fee can be refunded.
  • No refunds are possible for entries that do not comply with these rules.
  • Cash awards will be paid within 45 days of the Stockholm Writers Festival 2018 either by US check or PayPal.
  • The developmental edit and agent/editor meeting is not transferable or redeemable for any cash equivalent.
  • The final date for receipt of entries is March 13 2018 (11:59pm UTC+1).
  • By entering, you accept that your email address is added to the mailing list of Stockholm Writers Festival.
  • The judging panel reserves the right not to award a prize for a place-getter in the event the prize does not attract sufficient entries.