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TheNextBigWriter Fall Short Story Competition

Three $100 Prizes and the Chance for Exposure

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We're pleased to kick-off our fall short story competition. For this competition, we are looking for the best short stories you can write or have already written. We want to read short stories that are original, creative, that tell a full story within the constraints of 1,000 - 5,000 words. We want to meet interesting characters, be taken to interesting places, or see into the thoughts, minds, and emotions of others.

Each of the three winners will receive $100 and their stories will be featured on the homepage of the newly relaunched Booksie.com, where they will be read by hundreds of thousands of hungry readers. This is your chance to submit a story that can earn you money as well as significant exposure. Your story can be any genre. It just needs to be something that will grab a reader and keep them entertained.

Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter. Premium Members may submit unlimited entries to the contest.

Start: September 24, 2015

Deadline: November 05, 2015

Prize: Three $100 Prizes. Exposure to 100,000s of readers.

The Superhero Origins Story Contest

Can You Create a Superhero? $200 in Prizes.

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 Competition Closed 

The winners of the superhero origins contest are:

First place - Hardon by Dill Carver

Runner-up - Stringbean by Ceridwen

Runner-up - Vibro by Vern

We enjoyed reading all of the entries and hope that many of them will be expanded into more developed stories or novels. Many are certainly worthy. We hope everyone enjoyed the contest!


Superheroes rule the world, or at least the box-office in the summer time. The origin stories of superheroes are some of the most interesting and fascinating parts of the story. Spiderman received his power through a radioactive spider. Superman was born on a dying alien planet and brought his abilities to earth. The X-Men are mutants.

The goal of this contest is to create your own superhero with their own unique abilities and tell their origin story. How did they become a superhero?

The minimum length of the story is 500 words, the maximum 5,000 (recommended length is between 1,500 - 2,500 words).

So let's see some new superheroes be born!

Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter. Premium members may submit unlimited entries to the contest.

Start: July 31, 2015

Deadline: September 13, 2015

Prize: First Place: $100, 2 Runner-ups: $50.

The Apple Drabble Short Story Competition

Can you write a story in 100 words? $100 Prize.

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 Competition Closed

The winner of the Apple Drabble Competition is mswriter for her Drabble: Transitioning.



Apples play a special part in many cultures, from Adam and Eve to Greek Mythology to the United State's own Johnny Appleseed. Incorporated into religion, popular culture, and even as the name of one of the largest companies in the world, apples dominate our fruity conscious. Now it's your turn. Write a Drabble that includes an apple in the storyline. You can draw from mythology, religion, or culture or create an entirely new apple storyline. But you must do it in exactly 100 words.

What is a Drabble? A Drabble is a story with a beginning, middle, and an end that is exactly 100 words long (excluding the title).

So go for it. Get your inspiration on and let's see what kind of apple stories you can come up with. And, you might win a $100 writing grant.

Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter. Premium members may submit unlimited entries to the contest.

Start: June 26, 2015

Deadline: July 31, 2015

Prize: $100 Cash Writing Grant

The Cop Shop Short Story Competition

Write a killer story (literally) and you might win $50.

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Competition Closed

This competition is awaiting judging results. 


Write a story in any genre but it must revolve around a crime. For example, it may be mystery, romance, sci-fi, historical, fantasy, humorous, etc., as long as a crime is prominently featured in the story.


  • The entry must be a short story (no more than 7500 words)

  • The entry may not have been posted in the past on the TNBW site or published anywhere else.

  • The story must be a work of fiction. 

  • Contestants may enter more than one story.

Contest Judge

Janice Singleton is a former correctional officer turned convicted felon. She fell hard, but much of what the media portrayed was one-sided. Janice wrote her own story to set the record straight. Caught is that story. She has plans for a second chronicling life after prison. Janice currently writes and works for Goodwill Industries of Mississippi.

You can learn more about her book here.


Start: April 15, 2015

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $50 Cash

Fantasy Short Story Big Power Moment

Show your fantasy power writing. Winner receives $50.

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Competition Closed

The winner of the Fantasy Short Story Big Power Moment is Adrian Lankford for his story Rosebud Lives. Congratulations!


Write a fantasy short story with a maximum of 1,000 words. The material must include a big 'power moment.' Make my jaw drop. For those of you doing historical fiction, this can include a battle, or an example of physical prowess. No sex...sorry to those of you thinking along those lines. You may use pre-established characters from your books. I want these short stories to be useful in later works.


Start: March 31, 2015

Deadline: April 22, 2015

Prize: $50 cash.

What it means to be Brave.

What does it mean to be brave? Prize is $75.

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Competition Closed

The winner of the What It Means To Be Brave Contest is Johnnie Ruffin, M.sc for Thank God And Be Grateful. Congratulations!


Write a short story real/fiction about an act of bravery. Maximum word count of 2,500.

Start: March 21, 2015

Deadline: May 02, 2015

Prize: $75 cash.

7-line Poetry Contest

$50 Prize for the Best 7-line Poem.

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Competition Closed

The winner of the 7-line poetry competition is Dagnee for  A Gentleman of Verona.

As always, there were many excellent entries. Congratulations to Dagnee and everyone who submitted an entry!

Take a look at the picture below. Write a poem in seven lines that describes the scene. If you've never written poetry before, give it a shot. If you're a poetry master, let's see what you've got. So, take a look, let your imagination go, and let the words flow.

The winner will be the writer who creates the most evocative, original poem based on the picture.

Start: March 05, 2015

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Prize: $50 Cash for the winner.

The Strongest Start Book Competition 2015

Over $1,500 in Prizes, Feedback, and Prestige

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Competition Closed

Winner Announcement

I'm happy to announce the winners of the 2015 Strongest Start Novel Competition. The grand prize winner is:

The Laundromat at the Edge of the Universe by Ronald Quark

The two runner-ups are:

The Fringers by Leanne Joseph

Vitares by Penang


We also want to thank BookBaby and Pubslush for helping to sponsor the competition this year.



The 2015 finalists are, in no particular order:

The Fringers by Leanne Joseph

Jewel by Lesley Weston

Journey Through The Eyes of Zhou - Part One by Temple Wang

PURGATORY, a place Down Under by Susan Stec

Vitares by Penang

The Laundromat at the Edge of the Universe by Ronald Quark

The winner will be announced on or around June 1, 2015.


We know that writing a compelling start isn't easy. So, for the fifth year we've put together a motivational competition to help you hone the first three chapters of your book 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. As part of the competition you'll have the opportunity to receive feedback on your submissions, meet and share ideas with other writers, and get motivated to produce the perfect, compelling opening. The winner of the Strongest Start Novel Competition will be the writer who is judged to have the strongest three opening chapters. In addition, two runner-ups will be selected using the same criteria.

Start: January 13, 2015

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Prize: Over $1,500 in prizes, including a guaranteed review from an Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer. Deadline: March 31, 2015

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