Welcome to the third LWB Page 100 competition

Entries opened on Tuesday 1 June 2021 and will close on Thursday 30 September 2021

Here's all you need to know: 

1. The comp is for unpublished novels and novellas. Please don't enter any project with an overall word count of under 20,000 words.

2. Open to any writer, of any age, from anywhere, writing in English.

3. The important bit: please send your page 100 ONLY. No other pages are required. If your page 100 begins or ends mid-sentence, no problem, leave as is. If your page 100 is at the beginning or end of a chapter and has just a few lines, ie, not a complete page, then send the closest full page to page 100. No need to let me know if this is the case, just send.


Please use double spacing (or 1.5 if that's what you normally use) and 12pt sized font. Bear in mind there is little point in cramming as many words onto the page as you can for the purposes of this competition. Please send your page 100 as it naturally falls onto the page in your manuscript. Keep it authentic, please. Show me that you have confidence in your page 100! Often the words we leave out (or not) make or break our writing, so less is more. 

If your project is a novella and doesn't quite reach 100 pages, please send page 50 instead. (Bearing in mind rule number 1 above). 

4. The fee is £6.00 per entry. You can enter as many as you like, all at £6.00 each. 

5. All entries to be emailed as a Word doc (please, no PDFs) with no identifying info on the entry. I'm sorry but any entries that include names or any other ID will be disqualified and no refunds given. (It happens every year! Please double-check.)

6. You can pay the entry fee at my website bookshop. Please pay first, then enter. You will be given a five-digit order number which you then need to put in your subject header, EG, 11250.


Please note: If you are outside of the UK, please email me at if you would like to enter so we can arrange payment via Paypal or online banking. Due to new VAT rules coming into force on 1st July, I'm no longer selling goods outside of the UK via my website bookshop. 



You can buy a comp entry for £6.00 here OR a book-and-comp-entry-combo for £11 here (UK only)

7. Closing date is 23:59 Thursday 30th September 2021 BST


8. A long list will be announced on this website on Monday 22 November 2021 

9. A short list of six or thereabouts will be announced on Monday 13 December 2021


10. All short-listed authors will be contacted with the results on Monday 10 January 2021, and the results will be shared on my website and across social media. 


11. Prizes: the winner will receive a full manuscript report of their novel or novella, four LWB books of their choice, and £50.00 in book tokens (I'm doing my bit to support high street bookshops. If not UK-based, equivalent cash prize will be sent instead). Two runners-up will win a mini-report on their page 100, £25.00 in book tokens (or cash equivalent if not UK-based), and four LWB books of their choice. 


I will also showcase all the short-listed page 100s here on my website, with the authors' permission, of course. I'll add a brief commentary on each short-listed page to explain why I picked it. 


I can't wait to read all those page 100s. Good luck to all!