Writing Contest - Fifth Annual Victor Villaseñor First Sentence Contest

Writing prompt:

Write the first sentence to your completed novel or work in progress, or the story in your head, and include title and a 100 word synopsis. Finalists will be announced July 25th, and will have ten days to submit their first chapter or prologue. Stories will be posted on line for peer feedback. Winner will be selected by the staff of A Word with You Press on Labor Day.

Contest Aperçu

How to Submit

submit as separate attachment to thorn@awordwithyoupress.com Entry should include title and identify author. By submitting your work, you are giving us permission to publish it one time on line, after which all rights revert back to the author.


We will guide you and pay fees to form your own independent publishing entity, and will professionally design and publish your book, and provide you with the first ten paper-back copies. OR...if you will have your book edited and proofread by a recognized professional (not your sister who teaches English at the junior college) we will publish you under our banner, interview you for our website and newsletter for you to promote on social media, AND create a one page author website for you. No pornography or work that degrades or disparages any individual or category of people.

You must have your manuscript ready for publication by November first to be published this year, but we will accept manuscripts until January 1rst, 2020, with publication two months after submission.


  • Genre:
  • Max number of words: 200
  • Accepted formats: .doc, double-spaced
  • Deadline: Sunday July 14, 2019, midnight
  • Entry Fee: 10.00

*Pay Entrance Fee

*Optional for previous contestants.

Publishing Rights

By submitting your work, you are giving AWwYP the right to publish your work on this site and one-time rights in hard copy, after which all rights revert back to the author.

We reserve the right not to publish anything that is sent to us.