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The Gutsy Great Novelist Page One Prize, brought to you by award-winning novelist Joan Dempsey, is open to writers over 18 who are working on an as-yet-unpublished novel. The prize has been established to support and celebrate novelists. 

This inaugural prize aims to find the best opening page of a novel-in-progress written in the English language. Our judge will be looking at the quality of writing, originality, a sense that a story or bigger narrative is emerging, and whether the opening hook entices readers to turn the page.