Now in its 10th year, the Grazia and Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Competition 2020 could be the beginning of your literary career.

They say that everyone has a novel in them. And, if you have ever dreamed of getting that novel published, this could be the push you need to make it happen. Our First Chapter competition – in partnership with the Women’s Prize for Fiction – is giving you the chance to kick start your writing career.

Diana Evans, the award-winning author of Ordinary People, has written the opening paragraph of a story – and we’re challenging you to finish the chapter. The story can go in any direction you want – just keep to 800-1000 words and send it to us by 13 March.

The winner will join us at the glittering Women’s Prize for Fiction awards party in London on 3 June, where their talent will be acknowledged in front of the biggest names in literature.

TOPIC

The story so far…

Diana Evans has started the story – now it’s up to you to finish the opening chapter.

Caught

If you steal something from another time, they will never find you. That’s what he’d promised. You disappear. You never were or are not yet. You’re transient, like speed, or like the wind. So easily she had stepped into those magical machines with their white coils and sharp rims, believing in the next world, the next moon and the next theft. But one day she was caught, and everything she discovered thereafter destroyed everything she knew about time. It does not move or tick. It is one place, one moment. It is us who are moving. None of this is real.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to UK residents aged 18 years or over on date of entry.

Open to female entrants (including those whose gender identity is female), only, as this is a female fiction writing competition.

ORGANIZER

H Bauer Publishing, Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, Camden, London, NW1 7DT LP003328.

PRIZES

The winner of The Grazia And Women’s Prize For Fiction First Chapter Competition 2020 will have their full chapter published in Grazia, plus a meeting with a senior Penguin Random House editor, a year’s mentoring from Diana Evans and a goodie bag. They will also receive their award at the Women’s Prize for Fiction ceremony on 3 June in London. Two finalists will have their chapters published on graziadaily.co.uk, and all will receive the six Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 shortlisted books.

DEADLINE

Friday 13 March at 6:00pm

GUIDELINES

How to enter The Grazia And Women’s Prize For Fiction First Chapter Competition 2020

  • Continuing Diana’s story, write your first chapter (800-1000 words), and send it to us along with a short biography (200 words max), plus your address, email, phone number, occupation and date of birth. Read our terms and conditions, then send your entry to firstchapter@graziamagazine.co.uk, or post it to Rhiannon Evans, Grazia, Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London NW1 7DT, by 13 March.
  • All Entrants must finish author Diana Evans’s opening chapter, “Caught”, using between 800-1000 words (the “Creative Work”). Any Creative Work that is less than 800 words or more than 1000 words will not be considered.
  • The Creative Work must be sent along with a short biography of yourself (200 words maximum) plus your name, address, phone number, occupation and date of birth (the “Accompanying Information”).
  • The winner will be chosen by a judging panel made up of author Diana Evans, Grazia deputy editor Rosamund Dean, and Grazia features & special projects director Rhiannon Evans. The judges will be selecting a winner on the basis of whose entry is the most original, thought-provoking, well-written and entertaining.

INQUIRY

See The Grazia And Women’s Prize For Fiction First Chapter Competition 2020 webpage and terms and conditions page for more information.