First Paragraph Competition

Writing competitions are so much fun to enter. You have a limited period of time in which to enter and this aids your focus. Competitions are inspiring and give your creative processes a boost. Even if you do not have much time to spare, this writing competition only requires the opening paragraph of a story or novel. Of course, we don’t want any old first paragraph, we want a compelling one. An introduction that pulls us into the story. Make it dramatic, amusing or emotional….we don’t mind and the theme is open. Just make every single word count.

Do read the rules before submitting your entry.

1st Prize: £100

2nd Prize: £75

3rd Prize: £50

Closing date: 1st August 2020

Entry fee: £3.50 for one entry or £6.00 for unlimited entries

Writing Contest


We require just the opening paragraph to a short story or to a novel. Please send one paragraph only. This must be an unpublished piece of work and you must own the rights to it.

We are looking for a well-written, dramatic or thought-provoking opening paragraph that incites interest from the very first word.

The theme is open.

We reserve the right to publish the winning submissions. The rights return to the author 12-weeks after publication.

To enter, choose the relevant PayPal payment button below. You may pay in GBP or USD.

If you wish to enter more than one submission, then, please submit £6 by clicking on the relevant PayPal button below.

Competition winners will be announced within 3-weeks following the closing date. Only the winners will be contacted. We will promote the winning submissions via Twitter.

Email your submissions to and mark the subject line with First Paragraph Writing Competition. Please paste your submission in the body of the email.

List any pseudonym or name if different to your email address. If you have paid your entry fees with PayPal and use an alternate email address, please let us know this. This helps us to be efficient when it comes to reviewing each submission and awarding the winners.

Please note: entry implies acceptance to these rules.

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