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First Page Competition 2018


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 Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition.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

15th June 2018 (midnight GMT)




All three winning entries will be published in July 2018 on the Words with JAM

website. All entrants will be notified via email with the results.



Judge: Jane Davis



Hailed by The Bookseller as ‘One to Watch’, Jane Davis is the author of eight novels.


Jane spent her twenties and the first part of her thirties chasing promotions at work, but when she achieved what she’d set out to do, she discovered that it wasn’t what she wanted after all. It was then that she turned to writing.


Her debut, Half-truths & White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award 2008. Of her subsequent three novels, Compulsion Reads wrote, ‘Davis is a phenomenal writer, whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless’. Her 2015 novel, An Unknown Woman, was Writing Magazine’s Self-published Book of the Year 2016 and has been shortlisted for two further awards.


Jane lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, star-gazing, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she isn’t writing, you may spot her disappearing up a mountain with a camera in hand. Her favourite description of fiction is ‘made-up truth’.



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 sterling cheque (made payable to J Smith and posted to School House, Lindal, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0NB), or contact [email protected]


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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