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One Page Prize



The contest is open for entries between May 26 and June 23, 2020.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced July 14, 2020.

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Prize, brought to you by award-winning novelist Joan Dempsey, is open to writers over 18 who are working on an as-yet-unpublished novel.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.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced here on the website and via social media, and all entrants  will be contacted via email. Both winners and those who receive an honorable mention will have the option of showcasing their Page One Prize entries on this website. 





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