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The Fantastic First Five Pages contest is presented by the League of Utah Writers.

What better way to celebrate participating in NaNoWriMo than to share your hard work? The purpose of this contest is twofold: 1) to give authors the chance to get valuable feedback so they can make the first five pages of their story as good as possible and 2) to give authors the chance to judge others’ work. When you learn to pick a story apart, you find what makes it work and what doesn’t. These learned skills can then be applied to your own writing, making it better than ever.

If you are submitting, you are expected to judge at least three other entries. If you do not meet the judging deadlines, your submission will be rejected and you will not be offered a refund. You can also elect to be a judge without submitting.

This contest is open to any paid member of the League of Utah Writers

Entry Deadlines:
NOW - Feb 17th 2022

Judging begins:
Feb 18th, 2022

Judging deadline:
March 3rd, 2023

1st place - $75
2nd place - $50
3rd place - $25

In addition to the cash prizes, the following editors/agents have agreed to review the placed entries: Angie Hodapp, Nicole Eisenbraun, Stacey Kondla, and Chantelle Aimee Osman.

Entries will be judged on Hook, Voice, Character(s), Writing Mechanics, Story, Plot, Formatting, and Overall Impression

Open to all genres (fiction and creative nonfiction) and all categories from children to adult. Five pages maximum in double-spaced professional manuscript format with Courier New font. Only one entry per person. Documents must be in either .doc, .docx, or .pdf

Professional Manuscript Formatting:
Please follow these guidelines when formatting: with the exception that your name and contact info should NOT be included (you'll be judged blind and this form will collect your contact info). Please only including your title on the cover page and in the header.

We welcome entries showcasing diverse characters and creators. We are not looking for stories with subjects such as graphic rape and/or sexual assault, ableism, racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia.