The Strongest Start Book Competition 2015

The Strongest Start Book Competition 2015

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

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.

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Start: January 13, 2015

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Posting Date: Postings that are eligible for this contest must be published on site after September 01, 2013

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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