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First Page Competition 2017


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 Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition.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

31st May 2017 (midnight GMT)




All three winning entries will be published in July 2017 on the Words with JAM website. All entrants will be notified via email with the results.



Judge: Alison Morton

Alison Morton, writes the acclaimed Roma Nova thriller series featuring modern Praetorian heroines balancing love and duty. She blends her fascination with Roman history with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, adventure and thriller fiction.


All five books have been awarded the BRAG Medallion. SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO were selected as Historical Novel Society’s Indie Editor’s Choices.  AURELIA was a finalist in the 2016 HNS Indie Award. The sixth, RETALIO, is due out in April 2017. Her first four books were acquired by AudibleUK and produced as audiobooks in December 2016.


A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, Alison has misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. She holds a MA History, blogs about Romans and writing and is represented by Blake Friedmann Literary Agency for ancillary rights. Now she makes up stories, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband of 30 years.





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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