The First Page Challenge

Contest ending today.


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Entry Fees



$200 minimum prize.

Each entry contributes to the prize. Our last contest awarded $535 for 1st place (107 entries). This time, the entry fees are set to trickle down. Here's how this works:

Up to 40 entries: $200 for 1st prize
At 60 entries: $200 for 1st prize, $100 for 2nd prize
At 70 entries: $200 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, $50 for 3rd
Above 70: 1st place continues to increase – no limit!

Finalists in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place also win publication on the Chopping Blog.


The First Page Challenge is a contest for writers who are shoulder-deep in a new manuscript. Our judge, Michelle Barker, will be asking herself one question: how likely am I to turn this page and keep reading?

Contest rules:
1) Stories must not exceed one page—12-point standard font, double spaced, and with unaltered margins (put your title in the header to save space)
2) Only original, unpublished, unrepresented work may be submitted
3) One entry per person
4) Judging is anonymous: submission should not include entrant’s name or contact information

Contact Information

Questions? Drop us a line :)

[email protected]

Senior editors: Michelle Barker & David Brown


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