The Strongest Start Book Competition 2018

The Strongest Start Book Competition 2018

Over $1,000 in Prizes, Feedback, and Prestige

December 9, 2018

After much deliberation, we're pleased to announce the finalists in the 2018 Strongest Start Competition. They are, in no particular order:

For the Love of Mellie by Marilyn Johnson

Half by Deckland Oz

Death Rights (Contest Edition) by Don Chambers

Maiden SS2018 by Seabrass

Swan for Contest by Ann Everett

The Family Secrets by Suin

Congratulations to all of the finalists! And, as we say every year, congratulations to everyone who entered. Hopefully, whether you made the finals or not, the process has helped you create a better start to your book.

We'll be announcing the winners next week, Saturday, December 15.



We know that writing a compelling start isn't easy. So, for the eighth 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.

Prize Winner receives:

  • A critique of the three chapters by star editor Anita Mumm.
  • $600 cash.
  • One year of free membership on TheNextBigWriter, valued at $69.95.

Two runner-ups will receive:

  • $150 in cash.
  • Free extra three months of Premium Membership on TheNextBigWriter valued at $21.95.

Everyone receives:

  • Feedback on each submitted chapter.
  • Motivation to craft the best opening.
  • Camaraderie.
  • Fun.


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Start: May 29, 2018

Deadline: September 28, 2018

Posting Date: Postings that are eligible for this contest must be published on site after June 01, 2017

Prize: Grand prize: $600 cash, Pro Review, Visibility

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