Grazia And The Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction First Chapter Competition 2014

07 April 2014

Are you harbouring an ambition to give up the day job and make a living from writing best-sellers? If you have a flair for writing and are bursting with creative ideas, this is the competition for you. Grazia has teamed up with the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for a fourth year to find a star female writer.

Sarah Waters – critically acclaimed and award-winning author of five novels, most recently The Little Stranger – has written the opening paragraph of a new story. All you have to do is complete the first chapter in 800-1,000 words. It’s up to you what you write: we’re looking for imaginative, original storytelling.

The winner will be invited to join Grazia editor-in-chief Jane Bruton at the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony on 4 June, where they’ll be presented with their prize of £1,000 in front of some of the world’s best novelists, agents, publishers and editors.

The story so far…
Sarah Waters has started the story; now it’s up to you to finish this chapter in 800-1,000 words

‘We lay calm in our beds that night. Even the baby, for once, slept soundly; even the dog, out in its kennel. And perhaps that was the odd thing, after all: how trustingly we slumbered.  As if fate had gifted us a few last wholly innocent hours, before innocence fell away for ever. For when I woke, in the early morning – what was it? A difference in the quality of the light? Some new texture to the silence? But I opened my eyes, and I knew it. Something had changed. Something was wrong.’

How to enter 

Your entry must include: an original 800-1,000 word ‘first chapter’ that follows on from Sarah Waters’ opening paragraph; a brief autobiography (200 words max); a passport photo of the entrant attached to a sheet of A4 paper; full name, address, phone number (mobile where possible), occupation and date of birth.

Read our terms and conditions, then send your entry to Morwenna Ferrier, Grazia, Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JG, or email by 6 May 2014.

What you’ll win: First prize is £1,000 and the publication of your story in Grazia. The winner will also attend the invite-only party at The Royal Festival Hall on 4 June, where they will receive their award on stage (the prize includes hotel and travel). Two runners-up will have their story published on All three winners will receive the six shortlisted books for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014.

Meet this year’s judging panel

Sarah Waters - Best-selling author
Victoria Harper -Grazia senior editor and special projects director
Morwenna Ferrier - Grazia features and culture editor
Marianne jones - Grazia deputy editor

You have to be female, over 18, from the UK and previously unpublished to apply. Read full T&Cs here...


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