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Enter the Contest

The Modern Muse

First Five Pages


Submit your first five pages (up to 1500 words)


Our editors judge submissions quarterly.


We accept: Literary and General Fiction, Thrillers, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, YA, MG, Memoir and Creative Non-fiction.


Winners receive a developmental critique and

line edit of their first chapter, up to 15 pages.

A $350 Value

Contest Entries

To Enter Contest:

We accept: Literary and General Fiction, Thrillers, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, YA, MG, Memoir and Creative Non-fiction.

Put your submission of the first five pages (up to 1,500 words) into the body of the email. NO FILE ATTACHMENTS WILL BE OPENED.

Standard Manuscript Formatting:

- 12 pt, Times New Roman or similar font, double-spaced lines, paragraphs indented.


Congratulations Linda Buckley&
Elzbieta Kowalska, Winners of the Spring  First Five Pages Contest!

We have selected two winners this quarter! Buckley and Kowalska both sent us beautiful excerpts from two stories that we believe belong out in the world. Please join us in congratulating these talented writers!

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Linda Buckley has been smitten by Alaska for over fifty years.  She is a musician, poet, yoga instructor, climate activist and global citizen.  She holds degrees in Elementary Education, Music Education and a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and has been an educator for over thirty years both in the Juneau School District and as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Southeast.

She published her first children’s book, “The Bear in the Blueberry” in November 2019. The sequel, “The Humpback in the Herring,” was released in May, 2022.  Both books, which focus on the interconnectedness of all things, were inspired by her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Buckley’s poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in Tidal Echoes, Alaska Women Speak, 49 Writers and the Juneau Empire.  

Visit which showcases her photographs, poetry, songs and a bi-monthly blog.

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Elzbieta Kowalska is a British-Polish writer who now lives in Tyne and Wear, UK. An avid reader, Kowalska takes a deep interest in human nature. Her debut novel, His True North, follows the emotional journey of a male victim of domestic abuse who successfully rebuilds his life. 

Originally from a working-class background, Kowalska seized her chance and earned an MA in Pedagogy. While working as a teacher of English language, she earned a postgraduate degree in the Methodology of English. It was




then that she discovered her love for literature.In Poland she worked as a freelance writer and had a regular column in a local newspaper writing book reviews and articles on pop psychology. Her short story was a runner-up in the "Gazeta Olsztynska" Christmas story writing competition. 

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