First Chapter

Now in its 11th year, our annual Women’s Prize X Grazia First Chapter competition, which the Women’s Prize delivers in partnership with Grazia, provides a starting point for first time writers, and seeks the next literary star. Every year, we ask a renowned author to provide the first 150 words of a story, and first time writers are invited to complete it. The author and members of the Grazia team judge the competition, and the winner and two runners-up are announced at our Awards Ceremony in London.

Our 2021 competition is now closed. But you can still read award-winning, global bestselling author Dorothy Koomson’s opening paragraph, and we’ll be announcing the runners up and winners in July.

Looking for some creative tips? Scroll on for some writing features, or watch Dorothy Koomson and fellow judge Emma Rowley chatting in an inspiring IG Live here.

Our previous First Chapter Competition authors have been Rosamund Lupton, Kate Mosse, Rachel Joyce, Sarah Waters, Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes, Maggie O’Farrell, Paula Hawkins, Gail Honeyman and Diana Evans.

Watch this space to read the winner and runner up stories in July.