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We’ve been following blogaboutwriting, who penned a reminder on April 10 about this free-to-enter competition with a great prize – £1,000 plus a trip to the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction awards in London on June 9.  A brilliant networking opportunity. You also get your entry published in Grazia and receive a bottle of Bailey’s Bristol Cream.

Competition judge, Marian Keyes, has written the first part of a chapter which you must complete in 800-1000 words. Deadline: Friday 6 May.

That’s the good news. What might be less good, is that you must include an up-to-date photo, details of your date of birth, plus a 200-word autobiography. blogaboutwriting suspects (and we bet she’s proved right) that the winner is likely to be a typical Grazia reader. The magazine “has a highly targeted demographic of 25-45 year-old women and more AB profile readers than Vogue.” So, if you’re a thirty-year-old glamour puss, you’ve probably got a head start – though we must be fair and say there is no age limit.

Details are supposedly on: http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk, but this concentrates solely on the Women’s Prize for Fiction and doesn’t appear to mention the First Chapter competition. You should have more success via the Grazia magazine website: winit.graziadaily.co.uk  Click the section “In the News” then find Competition terms in the bottom left hand corner.

Thank you, blogaboutwriting for the heads-up.