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.
- Feedback on each submitted chapter.
- Motivation to craft the best opening.