Submissions Open

June 17 – July 17, 2024

Reedsy Best Writing Contest 2023


These are important—please follow precisely.

Entries for the 2024 competition will open on June 17, 2024 and close promptly at 5:00 PM ET (17:00) on July 17, 2024. 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 complete first page of chapter one of your novel-in-progressThis 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. There is no word count. 

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). 

Format your submission as follows (this is industry standard for manuscript submissions): 

– 8.5” x 11” or A-4 page

– 1-inch (or 2.54 cm) margins all around

– 12-point Times New Roman font 

– Double-spaced (not 1.5 or 1.15 spacing) with no extra space between paragraphs. (If you're working in Word, there's a setting that sometimes automatically puts an extra space between paragraphs, and you can change that in your Word settings to get rid of that extra space. Click here for a 45 second video that shows you how.

Please note: if your formatting is not exactly as specified above, your entry won't be considered and you'll forfeit your $20 submission fee. 

Submittable accepts the following types of documents (when in doubt, save your chapter as a PDF to preserve the formatting): .doc, .docx, .odt, .pdf. 

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. 

Entries must be fiction (not non-fiction), your own original work, and must not contain any text that has been AI–generated or AI–assisted.

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

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 previous years


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

Entries must be your original work, and must not be AI–generated or AI–assisted.

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.