Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost to this competition?
You must be a Writing Member of the site to enter the competition. The cost is as low as $6.66 per month. New members receive a free 7 day trial of Writing Membership. As a Writing Member, you will:
Receive Feedback. Post your writing and receive feedback from other workshop members.
Discover and Learn from Others. Discover, read, and critique the in-progress writing of other members. Help them and learn from the process. Leaving feedback isn't hard and we'll help you.
Connect with Other Writers. Meet and connect with other writers to share information, tips, and make friends. Some have even found love amidst reading and reviewing.
Get Motivated. Enter contests and challenges like the Strongest Start Book Competition to keep you motivated to write and edit.
Keep Control. Posting on the site keeps your writing within our password environment. You can restrict it further or open it up to the entire Internet for more exposure if you choose.
And much more...
Do I have to review other writers to submit my first three chapters?
Yes, TheNextBigWriter is an online workshop. To submit your chapters you'll have to read and provide feedback on other work submitted to the site. Writers tell
us they enjoy this process and learn as much from reviewing others as from the reviews they receive. Once again, in this contest everyone wins by meeting other writers
and by receiving feedback on what they have written.
Do I need to write in a particular genre to win? Can any genre enter?
The competition is open to any genre that adheres to the site's Terms and Conditions. This includes romance, literary fiction, science fiction, horror, fantasy,
action and adventure, young adult, memoir, and more. Our previous winners have included action and adventure, science fiction, romance, young adult, and historical
fiction. Finalists have included books in even more genres. We are looking for books that transcend genre so a book that is well-written and absorbing is much more
important than the category that it fits into. Just keep us reading.
How much will I have to review and how much time will it take?
As a rule of thumb, you'll have to review 4 similar-length chapters to post one of your own. You accumulate
points by reviewing other writers and use these points to post your own chapters. Time-pressed
members can purchase
points but this is not encouraged. Participants tell us that both receiving and writing reviews is one of the most rewarding experiences of the contest. If you are
looking to just dump your entry and run, this contest is not for you.
Reviewing generally takes 15-20 minutes for a typical chapter, depending on your reading speed. You can read and comment on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.
So, curl up in bed and see what others are putting together and entering.
If I post more than 3 chapters will it impact the competition?
No, you may submit more than 3 chapters but we will only be judging the first three.
Can I submit a non-fiction book to the competition?
Yes. You may submit non-fiction as long as it is a compelling read. Memoirs have done well in the past.
I'm from a country that isn't eligible to enter the competition. Why are some countries excluded?
This has to do with international competition law. Each country in the world has different regulations regarding competitions and we do not have the resources to
research all of them at the moment. For example, the Province of Quebec requires that all competition material be duplicated in French, something we don't have the
money or expertise to do. We picked the largest English speaking countries and researched those to ensure we were in compliance. We apologize if your country is not
on the list and will do our best to add you in the future. Until then, we hope you will use the rest of the features on TheNextBigWriter.com.
Can I re-enter a submission from last year?
Do I give up any rights to my work by entering this contest?
No, per our member agreement, you retain all rights to everything you post.