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First Page Competition 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 Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition.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



Closing Date

7th July 2016 (midnight GMT)




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







A Few Rules

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












Entry Fees


Payment can be made using the Paypal links below. Please remember to quote your Paypal Payment Reference Number at the top of the first page of your entry.


If for whatever reason you have problems paying via Paypal, please remember you can also pay by cheque (Made payable to J Smith and posted to School House, Lindal, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0NB), or contact jane@wordswithjam.co.uk


Pay for 1 entry £6.00

Pay for 2 entries £10.00


Pay for 3 entries £14.00


Additional entries £4 each

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