Quite often prospective editors and agents will look only at the beginning of your manuscript to determine whether or not you know what you’re doing, and will read on only if they are convinced that you do. (ThinkLit Idol.) We are looking for the first page of your fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript. This page will be submitted anonymously to a panel consisting of an editor, an agent and an established author. They will read the page in advance to determine what is compelling about it—compelling enough to get them to turn to Page 2—and what is less compelling, and why. They and you will then appear at the Canadian Writers’ Summit on June 16 at 2:00 p.m. We’ll flash the first page on the screen—again anonymously—and the panel will say out loud what it is about the page that is appealing. The session can be very exciting and instructive. We can learn much about how to engage readers and publishers right away.

Please submit your page (with your name and email address—this information will be withheld from the panel and audience) by June 1 to joseph.kertes@humber.ca  Please mark your submission “First Page Challenge”. The pages will go forward on a first-come, first-served basis. Only a limited number of first pages can be evaluated at the CWS session.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018.