Talking about the first few pages, the Good Housekeeping competition has simple rules:
- A synopsis of the whole book, of 2 pages or less.
- A single chapter of the novel of under 5000 words OR no more than 10000 if the chapter is more than that.
- A 100 word bio of the author.
- The entry form, accessible here.
I still have to have a title for the book... watch this space.