Entries for the 2021 competition will open on June 1, 2021 and close promptly at 5:00 PM ET on July 7, 20210. 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.
All entries must be made through Submittable. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 2021.