Fall Contest 2016 - First Five Pages

First Five Pages Contest Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY: Any author whose work has not been previously published in fiction (in ANY print or online form) is eligible, with no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted, however, the same manuscript may not be entered into multiple categories. The manuscript should not contain profanity, graphic sex, or other objectionable material, and must otherwise conform to generally accepted standards of the CBA, as determined by ACFW. Judges may request submissions not meeting this requirement be disqualified.

FEES: $20 per entry for current ACFW members, $25 per entry for non-members.

SUBMISSION: Submit ONE cover page – with your contact information, and the first five pages of the manuscript, in the same file. Indicate into what genre your manuscript targets. Here are some examples, but entries are NOT limited to following genres:
  • Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Historical Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Chapter Book (childrens)
  • Middle Grade Novel (childrens)

NOTE: we do NOT accept picture book submissions in this contest.

COVER PAGE: This is the information to be included on the cover page:
Your Name (and pseudonym if you write under a different name)
Manuscript Title
Your Email Address
Your Telephone Number (in case we can’t contact you through email)

Click below to pay fee through PayPal. Fee for chapter members is $20. Fee for non-members is $25

You may also pay at the August or September SC Writers ACFW meeting with cash or check.

Manuscripts may only be submitted by email, as an attachment. We will only accept a .doc or .docx format. No other formats are admissible.
Email submissions, AS AN ATTACHEMENT, to

Do NOT place your name or pseudonym anywhere on the manuscript—only on your cover page. Also, be mindful of not posting to your online profiles the name or other identifiers of your contest-entered manuscript(s) since judging is to be anonymous.

1. Use 12 point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The contest requires the use of Courier New, Times New Roman, or Times.
2. Include a header on each manuscript with the title, genre, entire manuscript word count, and page numbers. NO entrant's name or pseudonym should be in the header.
3. Start your first page 1/3 of the way down the page rather than at the top.
4. Send the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Prologues are acceptable. DO NOT send more than 5 pages of your manuscript a ONE PAGE cover sheet (6 pages in all).

Important Note: Entries not fulfilling the above specifications will be disqualified. Entry fees will not be refunded.

PRIZES: To be announced

TIMELINE: The contest will begin September 1, 2016.
The deadline for entries is October 10, 2016
All entries will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating receipt of the entry. If an entrant does not receive a confirmation e-mail the contest coordinator at ediegmelson@gmail.com.

The winner will be announced at the November 2016 SC Writers ACFW Meeting

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Contest Fees

October, 2016

ACFW South Carolina's "First Five Pages Contest" Winners:

First Place: Kelsey Messner, Alfie Canton Showcase
Second Place: Jay Wright, Angry Rain
Third Place: Carol Henderson, Dancing in the Rain
Honorable Mention: Michael Massey, The Warwoman of Georgia

Jay Wright (left): Second Place Winner for Angry Rain, Kelsey Messner (right): First Place Winner for Alfie Canton Showcase


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