First Pages Prize

The First Pages Prize literary award is back for a second year. SWF and The de Groot Foundation offer an even more enticing prize package—including travel to Stockholm.

Designed to support emerging, unagented writers, this unique literary prize rewards the best entries by assessing the first five pages of their fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript.

Last year, the inaugural First Pages Prize saw fierce competition—we are happy to say that our winner was chosen from more than 250 submissions from around the world. This year’s prize package includes:

  • $1,000 for 1st place

  • $750 for 2nd place

  • $500 for 3rd place

  • partial developmental editing

  • a travel stipend for the winner and runner-up to come to Stockholm!

  • invitation to attend the Main Festival Program for the winner and runner-up

Entries must be unpublished, original, written in English and submitted by an unagented writer.

Award-winning author Paul McVeigh is our judge this year. Regardless of genre, works will be judged on overall craftsmanship and how well the writing hooks the reader. Winners will be announced on May 3, 2019 on the first day of the festival.

Our entry period will be December 3, 2018 to February 3, 2019 for your first five pages (maximum 1,250 workds) of a longer work of fiction or creative non-fiction.

Check back here in December to enter via Submittable.

 
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The Stockholm Writers Festival's First Pages Prize adheres to CLMP's Contest Code of Ethics:
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."

For full prize guidelines and rules click here.