June 15 - July 15, 2022

(5 PM ET)


These are important—please follow precisely.

Entries for the 2022 competition will open on June 15, 2022 and close promptly at 5:00 PM ET (17:00) on July 15, 2022. Please check this time zone converter to convert the deadline into your own time zone in order to avoid disappointment.

Only entries received and paid for by the entry deadline will be considered. The entry fee for each entry is $20.00 in US dollars. Please note that feedback will not be provided on any entries.

Entries that are not paid for, are incomplete, corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Please submit only the first page of your novel-in-progress (one, single page, not 2-sided). This should be the first page of the first chapter, not the first page of a prologue or introduction. It's fine if your page ends mid-paragraph or mid-sentence. Entries that exceed one page will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee

Please double-space one 8.5” x 11” or A-4 page, using your favorite 12-point font, 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins all around. There's no need to leave 4-6 lines of space at the top of the page ... go ahead and put your opening line right at your 1" top margin (1" margins all around). Entries that do not match this formatting will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee. 

Your name should not appear anywhere on the page or in the name of your document, but you're welcome to include the novel's title if you wish (there's also a place to enter the title in the submission form).

No alterations may be made to the entry once it is submitted, so check your work carefully. Should you find you need to make an alteration after submission, you'll have to submit a new, separate entry with the updated document, and pay the $20 entry fee again.

Writers are welcome to submit more than one entry—each entry needs to be submitted and paid for as a separate entry. 

Please read through the terms & conditions before you submit your entry—they're brief, and you'll be bound by them if you win.

All entries must be made through Submittable. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 2021.

Click here to read more about what makes a great first page, what to avoid and what to watch out for when you submit your work. You can also read the winning entries from 2020.


By entering the competition you agree to the following terms & conditions.

Entries must be your original work.

Entries must be written in English.

Entries must not infringe upon the copyright of any person or entity.

Copyright remains with the author.

No entry will be returned or kept after the winners have been announced, and feedback will not be provided on any entry. 

Entries will be acknowledged upon submission.

Cash awards will be paid via PayPal within 15 days of prize announcement.

Prizes are not transferable.

Winners of the first, second and third prize cash prizes, as well as any honorable mentions, must agree to allow their first pages to be posted on the Page One Prize website. If you are not willing to share your first page on the website, please do not enter the competition. (Posting does not constitute "publishing" and you retain all rights to your work.)

By entering, entrants accept that their email address is added to the Gutsy Great Novelist mailing list. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Entrants may submit more than one entry. Each entry needs to be submitted and paid for as a separate entry.

By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the competition guidelines, terms and conditions.