Archive for the 'Novel Contests' Category


19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014
GENRE: Books
OPEN TO: Authors with no published fiction books
DETAILS: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the
heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the
details of the crime. The story’ primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas, and/or Utah. 60,000 words max.
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties

Criminal Lines

19 April 2014


DEADLINE: May 5, 2014

OPEN TO: Unagented debut authors born or resident in UK or Ireland

GENRE: Books DETAILS: Submit the first 15,000 words of your crime/thriller novel and a synopsis of a maximum 800 words.

PRIZE: £1000 and chance to meet with AM Heath agents.


The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

12 April 2014

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel                

Win £1,000

plus expert mentoring and possible publication for your first novel

Judge:   Alison Moore

The novel is still the holy grail of writing.  Named after its founder, Peggy Chapman-Andrews, the Bridport Prize is delighted to announce a new award for talented novelists who are yet to be published or represented by a literary agent.

Alongside the Bridport Prize in this terrific opportunity for the aspiring novelist, are partners The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath Literary Agents, offering mentoring and possible publication for the winning novel. 

Up-and-coming writers take note!  For the first stage, all you need to enter are the first chapters of your novel, up to 8,000 words, with a strong synopsis.  Those longlisted and later shortlisted will need to submit further chapters at the relevant stages.  Your novel does not have to be complete to win.  The Literary Consultancy will offer mentoring and feedback over a period of time whilst you finish the novel.  And should it turn out to be a riveting read, A.M. Heath Literary Agents will consider representing you and offering the novel to a publisher they recommend. 

Judging the competition alongside The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath, will be acclaimed author, Alison Moore, shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 2012 for her novel The Lighthouse.  When looking for a winning entry Alison will be searching for “evidence of a feel for language. A story that draws me in, involves me in its world, moves me in some way, and lingers in my head long after I’ve finished reading.”

Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy says of the project: “The Bridport Prize holds a romantic place in my imagination, as it was one of the first National prizes I became aware of, and seemed a glamorous, serious and exciting initiative full of promise.   Many years later, I am extremely proud that my company, The Literary Consultancy has been asked to be involved with helping to support their new prize, aimed for the first time, at novelists. Bridport stands out in terms of its serious commitment to unearthing, and supporting writing talent, and we look forward to being part of the process of helping those involved to the best of our capabilities.”

A.M. Heath’s Euan Thorneycroft says Discovering new writers is one of the most exciting things about reading, whether you are an agent, a publisher, a bookseller or a book buyer. This is why A.M. Heath is delighted to be involved with a prize dedicated to that aim, particularly one that is founded by the much loved and highly respected Bridport Prize. I am sure we are going to find many literary stars of the future.” 

The award is open to writers, resident in the UK, with a part-written or completed novel in any adult fiction genre.  The winning writer must be unpublished, nor signed with a literary agent, (although they may have self published or have published for other genres such as poetry, short stories, non fiction).  It will be judged anonymously and the entry fee is £20 for each submission.

The first prize is £1000, plus a personal critique from Alison Moore and one to one appraisal and mentoring from The Literary Consultancy to assist with the completion of the novel.  In addition, meetings will be arranged with A.M. Heath Literary Agents to discuss the progress of the work.

The runner-up will receive £500 and written professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy.

The closing date is 31st May 2014 and full details are on the Bridport Prize website:

Last call for entries! Able Muse Book Award (for Poetry) — 2014

23 March 2014

$1000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press.

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2014

Final Judge: Molly Peacock


Blind Judging by the Final Judge Molly Peacock.

Initial screening by the Able Muse Editors.

Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives reprint permission. (Still, more than half of the manuscript. may not have been previously published as a collection.)

Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as we’re immediately notified if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Unlimited entries per person.

All poetry styles are welcome (metrical or free verse).

A poetry manuscript of 50 to 120 pages

Acknowledgments may be included in the manuscript but are not required.

We prefer online entries, however, paper/snail mail entry is available for those who insist on the traditional submission method.

If you wish to enter more than once, then a separate entry fee and submission form must be completed for each entry.

If you’re entering by paper/snail mail, the manuscripts cannot be returned so, do not send us your only copies.

For paper/snail mail entries, include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winner.

The contests will be judged blind by the final judge, so:

Author’s name should only appear on cover page/cover letter and nowhere else.

Initial screening will be done by the editors of Able Muse.

The final judge will received anonymized manuscripts (five to ten depending and the number of total entries and their quality).

The final judge will be instructed to disqualify any work that he recognizes. The entry fee the work thus disqualified will be refunded.

Include on your cover page ONLY:

the title of your manuscript

a brief bio

the poet’s/writer’s name


phone number, and

email address.

Entry Methods:

Preferred method is our online entry form

DO NOT type or copy and paste your manuscript in the poem text box. Rather, upload your submission file from the upload field (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).

Only send one file attachment with everything (50 to 120 pages), with the cover page prepared as described in the blind judging section above (do NOT attach a separate file for each poem!)

There should be no identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.

Enter at online.

Second favorite entry method is via e-mail—

Again, do not type your submission in the body of the email. Rather, attach your submission file to the email (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).

The subject of the email should be: “<Your Name>: Book Award (poetry)”

Email your entry to without any identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.

Least favorite entry method is paper by snail mail—

The manuscript should be without any identification as explained in the blind judging section above.

The cover page should be prepared as explained in the blind judging section above.

Duplicates not required, so do NOT send duplicate of the manuscript.

Send your entry to:

Able Muse Review
Book Award for poetry Contest
467 Saratoga Avenue #602
San Jose, CA 95129

Entry Fees:

$25 for a manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.

No matter how you choose to enter (online or email or snail mail) you may choose to pay:

Online ( right below!), OR,

By check: Able Muse Review, and sent to the contest address indicated above.

In the event of a withdrawal, entry fees are non-refundable.

To enable us to match your payment to your entry, be sure to indicate the name you entered with in your manuscript (i.e. your pen name, etc), if it’s different from the one under which payment was made, and this applies for online or check payment by snail mail.

For details on how to enter:

32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition

20 March 2014

Visit for complete rules and entry form. Entries are open from February 1 to May 1, 2014 and may be submitted after May 1 until May 15 with payment of a late fee.

Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014


Fiction, Non-fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry

Entry Fees:

Poetry: $10 for SouthWest Writers members, $20 for all other entrants.
All entries except poetry: $20 for SouthWest Writers members, $30 for all other entrants.

For an additional $20 for poetry entries or $25 for all other entries, you’ll be entered in the contest but also receive a critique of your entry.

Late entries through May 15th accepted with a late fee.


A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winner will be judged in each of the 10 categories.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $150

Winners will be notified in August 2014. Winners’ names will be posted on the Southwest Writer website at or about the same time.


The 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry.

Winners are selected by agents or editors unaffiliated with SouthWest Writers. First place winning entries in prior SWW contests may not be resubmitted for judging in 2014.

Contact Information:


SouthWest Writers
Carlisle Executive Offices
3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 114
Albuquerque, NM 87110


William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

20 March 2014

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry

Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.

Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category

Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.



A Writer’s Weekend with Dr. Wayne Dyer: You could be the NEXT Hay House Author

13 March 2014

Date: May 03, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Sponsored by: Hay House

Format: Lectures & Events

Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL $450.00

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to work side by side with one of the most prolific authors of all time and give yourself permission to make your writing and publishing dreams come true! Imagine empowering others with your book.

Author of 16 New York Times best-sellers including The Power of Intention, Wishes Fulfilled, and Your Erroneous Zones – the #1 bestselling non-fiction book of the decade for the 1970s, Wayne shares his personal insights and writing practices to inspire you to write the book of your dreams!

Reid Tracy (President and CEO of Hay House) shares expert information about publishing and building a platform to get attention.

PLUS! Your chance to enter and win a $10,000 Publishing Advance from Hay House!

First Runner-Up receives a Balboa Press Master Package
(a $7999 value)

Second Runner-Up wins Balboa Press Inspire Package
(a $3599 value)

Read more about our special offer
and view other exciting events.

Visit the website for details:


13 March 2014

  — $65 ENTRY FEE.

This prize is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States.

The winner receives $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and is invited to Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio.

Deadline April 1, 2014.

Eligible books are those that are published in book form, whether as a hardcover or as an original paperback,

in the United States. Fiction, nonfiction, and collections of short stories are eligible.

Visit the website for details:


13 March 2014

 — $28 ENTRY FEE.

Categories of fiction and poetry.

Winners will receive a cash award of $1,000.

Deadline April 30, 2014.

Debut books first published in North America between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 are eligible in fiction and poetry.

Authors, agents, publicists, or publishers may submit entries.

Entries must be published in English and available for purchase in either hardcover or bound paperback book form.

Visit the website for details:

The Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts

4 March 2014

Young Adult Romance Writers of America (YARWA) is proud to announce the Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts, in all genres.

New Adult
YA Contemporary
YA Historical
YA Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
YA Fusion (Any YA novel that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories.)

*Romantic Elements in the novel are NOT required to enter this contest and RWA Membership is NOT required to enter. All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest.*

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original YA or NA fiction that has not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must have a word count of at least 40,000 words.

Fee: $15 YARWA members/$25 non-members

The contest will run from March 1 – March 31, 2014. Finalists will be announced by June 1 and winners will be announced at the 2014 Day of YA event in San Antonio, TX.

For a complete list of rules and a list of final round judges, visit

While there is no remuneration, contest finalists in each category will have their work read by an agent, and 2 editors, and has the potential for a manuscript request.


1 February 2014



$1,000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press.

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2014.

A poetry manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.

Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest

1 February 2014

Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest.

Open January 15-May 1, 2014.

Entry fee: $30.  

Adult, middle grade, and YA novels, novellas,

and short-story collections, minimum 22,000 words.

First prize: Publication contract offer with advance, plus finalist awards.

Finalists: $150 plus manuscript critique by finalist judges.

Judges: author Mark Brazaitis and the Leapfrog editorial staff.

For details, visit:


Win a £500 ($800) bursary for your debut novel

27 January 2014

$800 bursary offered to debut novelists


Debut novelists can win a $800 bursary to have their novel professionally critiqued at the Writers’ Village Foundation, a not-for-profit award scheme established to help new authors. The top eight submissions will also gain personal feedback from the award judge, novelist Michelle Spring, a Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.


Entry is $19 and the deadline is 31st March 2014.

Details at:

Tide Lock Prize

8 January 2014


Saturday, February 1, 2014



Entry Fees



Publication in both print and digital editions.


Submit unpublished novel, novella or collection of stories. Submissions must be 150 pages (approximately 35,000 words) or longer. Submit through online submission manager.

Contact Information

Waxing Press.


YA Novel Discovery Contest

25 October 2013

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their fifth annual 


No query? No pitch? No problem!

Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.?


In honor of National Novel Writing Month (—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

The contest opens November 1st and closes November 30th, 2013 at 11:59PM.


The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from!

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions with editors from Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Random House/Penguin, Kensington, Kimani Tru, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!

First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Deidre Jones Little Brown, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks, Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Annie Nybo Simon and Schuster, Erica Finkel Abrams Books, Monica Jean Random House/Penguin , Catherine Laudone Simon and Schuster, Stacey Friedberg Penguin Group, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends.

These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1st, 2013 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2013 (ET). There is a $15 entry fee.”

What are the judges looking for in a submission? 
Entries will be judged based upon creativity, word usage, and the ability to instantly draw a reader into a story. Since the contest is limited to a title and 250 words, each word must be carefully chosen to have the most impact. This simulates the browsing experience of the average book buyer, who reads the title and first paragraph of a book before making a purchasing decision.

Visit the website for complete guidelines:

The William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

25 October 2013

William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Nominations are now being accepted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and nonfiction. Cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the awards are intended to “encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.”

The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books.

The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intentions of William Saroyan – author, artist, dramatist, composer – and is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Prize and must be received by January 31, 2014. Please view the FAQ page for further information.

Funding sponsored in part by Stanford Associates.

Terms and conditions

The following provisions govern the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing awarded by Stanford University Libraries.

  1. The Saroyan Prize Committee will be appointed by the Stanford University Librarian in consultation with the President of the Saroyan Foundation, and will be responsible for all aspects of the administration of the Saroyan Prize.
  2. The Stanford University Librarian in consultation with the President of the Saroyan Foundation, will appoint a team of no fewer than three Nominating Jurors for each Saroyan Prize to be awarded.
  3. Two prizes of $5,000 will be awarded, one each in fiction and non-fiction. Poetry and other literary forms will not be considered.
  4. Only works published in book form between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013, available for individual purchase by the general public, and primarily in English are eligible for the Saroyan Prize in 2014.
  5. Works by members of The Saroyan Prize Committee, members or officers of the William Saroyan Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible for the 2014 Saroyan Prize.
  6. Only complete entries received by Stanford University Libraries no later than January 31, 2014 will be considered.

    A complete entry includes:

    • A completed entry form. Complete form here.
    • Three copies of the work.
    • A non-refundable $50 entry fee. Payment may be made using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express at the above website, or by check. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University/Saroyan Writing Prize, and should indicate the title(s) of the work(s) they accompany.

    Completed entries should be sent to:
    Administrator of The Saroyan Prize Committee
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6004

  7. The Saroyan Prize Committee will assemble and manage a team of Stanford University alumni and Stanford University Library staff to perform an initial screening of all entries.
  8. The Nominating Judges for each Saroyan Prize will review the screened entries, and put forward to the Stanford University Librarian a list of not less than three and not more than five Finalist works for each Prize.
  9. The winner of each Prize will be selected by the Stanford University Librarian, in consultation with the President of the William Saroyan Foundation, and based on the recommendations of the Nominating Judges. However, the University Librarian has the authority in extraordinary circumstances to award the Prize to any qualified entry.
  10. Nothing in this plan shall be deemed to limit in any way the authority and control of The Saroyan Writing Prize Committee.
  11. Finalists and prizewinners of the Prize will be listed permanently at this website.
  12. Terms and conditions subject to change without notice.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

For more information — including entry forms, contest rules, complete guidelines, and press materials —visit the website at


21 August 2013

DEADLINE: October 1, 2013

GENRE: Books

DETAILS: Any genre of novel is accepted, as long as it includes a love story.

“Boy meets girl, girl meets girl, girl meets shark, shark meets pirate — anything goes.”

Previously unpublished novel, 50,000 words minimum, no maximum.

PRIZE: $10,000 and publication by Quirk Books.

There are no entry fees.


DoubleDragon Publishers Open to Science Fiction Novel Submissions

21 August 2013

DoubleDragon is an ebook publisher currently seeking science
fiction novels including Hard (Science) SF, Space Fiction, Sci Fi,
Future Fiction, Lost Civilizations, Utopias, Distopias, Disaster
Novels, Alternate Histories, Time Travel, Parallel Worlds, etc.,
and FANTASY, including Myth, Legend, Fairy Tales, Traditional
Fantasy, Magic Realism, Sword and Sorcery, Epic Fantasy, Horror,
Gothic, etc.
They pay royalties of 30%. 

For more details visit:

Bard Fiction Prize

6 June 2013

Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2013


Entry Fees: None


Monetary award and writer-in-residence appointment for one semester at Bard College.


Offered to encourage and support young fiction writes, the prize is open to American citizens age 39 or younger at the time of application. Requires the applicant to submit a published book that shows their best work.

Contact Information

Bard Fiction Prize, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Tele# 845-758-7087


Shirley You Jest! Book Awards

5 June 2013

Deadline: Monday, July 22, 2013



Entry Fees

$50 per entry


First and second place fiction and non-fiction winners receive interviews, reviews, special blog promos and social media mentions from SYJ! sponsors.


Shirley You Jest! Book Awards honors books by self-published and traditionally published indie authors that “deliver the funny” in the categories of fiction and non-fiction. E-book and print titles released between 2012 – 2013 are eligible.

Contact Information

Visit the website for details:!the-contest

2013 DANA AWARDS – Ficiton, Poetry, Novels

4 June 2013



$1,000 each for Novel, Short Fiction,  Poetry // $3,000 in awards

RESULTS LETTERS by MAY 1, 2014 (to your email address or via SASE) 


E-MAIL:   for questions only.






IMPORTANT:  FOR ALL AWARDS, THE TERM MANUSCRIPT DOES NOT MEAN A FULL BOOK. We mean first 40 pages for a  Novel ms., 1 short story for a Short Fiction ms.,  and 5 poems for a Poetry ms.

                            OUR 3 AWARDS:


for the first 40 pages ONLY of a  novel either completed or in progress (in-progress submissions should be as polished as possible).  All types of novels accepted (NO MEMOIRS).  No novels for or by persons under 16.  Typed, double-spaced only.


for the best short fiction (NO MEMOIRS for this award.  Instead, submit under ESSAY category below).  Maximum 10,000 words per short story.  No stories for or by persons under 16.  Typed, double-spaced only.


for the best group of 5 poems, judged on the overall excellence of all 5. 5 poems per entry.  No light verse or verse for or by persons under 16.  Poems may be thematically related but need not be. Poems longer than 100 lines are discouraged.  Typed. Single-spaced preferred.

$15 per 5 poems

$15 per short story 

$25 per novel entry


From outside U.S., send INTERNATIONAL money orders, traveler’s checks, or bank checks (all must be formally stamped by the issuing bank as “U.S. funds” AND must be drawn on U.S. banks only).

COVER SHEET:  Include SEPARATE COVER SHEET with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title(s) of work(s) submitted.  NO AUTHOR’S NAME ON MANUSCRIPT.







Visit the website:


University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize

4 June 2013
Deadline: June 30, 2013


A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have published a book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines or literary journals. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages between May 1 and June 30, 2013. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Pittsburgh Press, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Eureka Building, 5th Floor, 3400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

Win the $1,000 cash prize for Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize for Best Book 2013

2 June 2013

Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book 2013

will receive $1,000 plus prizes and promotion.


The winner will be announced in early
October 2013. There will be only one CBR Grand Prize Blue Ribbon
Winner 2013. Only First Place Genre award winners may compete for
the Grand Prize for Best Book 2013. If a manuscript wins, it will
be eligible to be forwarded to literary agents who have contacted
CBR for first peeks at outstanding manuscripts (upon author approval).

Visit the website for complete details:

The Next Novelist Novel Contest

2 June 2013

We’re Looking For

We want page-turning thrillers, crime novels and mysteries. The finalists will be voted on by the public, so readers need to be pulled in for you to win.

Submit a novel of at least 50,000 words and no more than 150,000. We’d be happy with a great beginning to a series.

Include your name and the title on every page of the manuscript.

We will only judge one submission per person. If you submit multiple, the first submission will be judged.

The Judging Process

Our editors will choose the finalists.

We release one section of each finalist book to the public each week, giving the audience the ability to vote for their favorites.

Each week we eliminate half the books, release another section of the remaining books, and repeat the process until we have a champion.


The winning author receives a $5,000 advance and a publishing deal with Atlatl.

Finalists will be promoted to 5,000+ readers on The Next Novelist website and receive 50% royalties from sales of their eBook.

How to Enter

Read the Official Rules.

Fill out the submission form.

Submissions before June 21st are free. Otherwise, there is a $20 submission fee.

Submissions for this round of the competition will close on August 31st or after 5,000 submissions.

Finalists will be announced by October 31st.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

The Strongest Start Novel Competition 2013

23 May 2013

Over $4,000 in Prizes, Feedback and Exposure!

Submit the first three chapters of your novel. Grand prize award of:

  • $1,806 self-publishing solution from CreateSpace.
  • $300 cash.
  • Feedback on every chapter you submit.
  • The chance to meet other authors, get motivated, and get noticed.

  Two runner-ups will receive:

  • CreateSpace copyediting service valued at approximately $600.
  • $150 in cash
  • Feedback

Everyone who enters receives feedback, motivation, and advice.

Keep Us Reading

We know that writing a compelling start isn’t easy. So, for the seventh year we’ve put together a motivational competition to help you hone your first three chapters to perfection (if you haven’t already). We’re looking for opening chapters that will create a burning need to find out what happens, how the characters turn out, how the novel resolves itself. The kind of start that gets an agent to call back, a publisher to show interest, and a reader to plunk down their hard earned money. Above all, give us three opening chapters that will keep us reading.

Submission deadline: June 29, 2013

Learn more about the Strongest Start Novel Competition


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