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.