New Zealand author P. J. McKay, won with the opening of her historical novel, The Telling Time (Polako Press, 2020). She is now represented by Highspot Literary and was shortlisted for the 2020 NZSA Heritage Literary Award.
“Sardines. We reeked of them – me and all the other women working at the Jadranka fish factory. Their stinking oil greased up our hair and our skin, and their flesh wedged under our fingernails.”
Additional Congratulations to other winners:
2nd: Carrie Cogan, Disappear Here – Canada & Jessica Elisheva Emerson, from the verb:to know – USA
4th Tej Rai, Bush Babies – USA
2021 SUBMISSIONS open January 1, 2021. Learn more about the First Pages Prize.