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DEADLINE: First Page Competition

May 31, 2016

It’s that time of year again. We’re looking for the most captivating first page (up to 400 words) of a story. Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. Entries will be judged anonymously.

1st Prize – £500
2nd Prize – £100
3rd Prize – £50


All three winning entries will be published in August 2016 on the Words with JAM website. All entrants will be notified via email with the results.

Judge: Piers Alexander

Piers is a writer and serial entrepreneur who lives in London. His first novel, The Bitter Trade, is a story of coffee smuggling and conspiracy set during England’s Glorious Revolution. It won TLC’s Pen Factor and a Global Ebook Award, and was selected for WHSmith’s Fresh Talent list in summer 2015. The sequel, Scatterwood, is scheduled for release in autumn 2016.


To Enter

  • Entries can be up to, but not exceeding 400 words.

  • You can submit more than one entry.  First entry submitted is £6, and £4 per entry thereafter.

  • Entries must be uploaded as Word Documents. Please DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, put your name ANYWHERE on your Word Document as it will be judged anonymously. 

  • To enter please pay by Paypal using the options below or post a cheque (made payable to J Smith, School House, Lindal, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0NB), then complete the entry form below and upload your entries.

  • If you have any problems completing the online entry form, please email your Word Document(s) to submissions@wordswithjam.co.uk and include the information requested on the entry form in the body of the email.

 A Few Rules

It is vital that you read the competition rules before submitting. There aren’t many!

  • Entries can be published OR unpublished

  • We will not return or keep entries after the winners have been announced. Please keep your own copy. 

  • Entries must be in English. 

  • You must be 16 years or over.

  • Online entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours, when we have had chance to give them a reference on our system. 

  • No alterations may be made to an entry once it has been submitted. 

  • Copyright remains with the author. However, Words with JAM retain the right to publish the winning entries (first page up to 400 words) in publicity and on its website.

  • Entries from regular columnists of Words with JAM, or any person assisting in the judging process, will not be accepted. 

  • Prizes will be paid within 30 days of publication of the winning entries either by cheque, bank transfer, or Paypal. 

Entry Fees

Payment can be made via the event website.


May 31, 2016
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