After a four year pause, the Strongest Start Novel Competition is back!
We know that writing a compelling start isn't easy. So, for the ninth 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.
The Only Dynamic-Feedback Novel Competition in the World
PLEAD READ THIS BEFORE ENTERING.This isn't just any competition. It's a dynamic, workshop-based writing competition. That means you'll receive feedback on your entries from the talented writers, (many of whom are successful authors) on the site and you'll have to provide feedback on the writing of other members. You'll be able to edit and update your entry up until the contest deadline. As part of this process, you'll also meet and share ideas with other members and get motivated to produce the perfect, compelling opening. But you will be required to spend some time reading and reviewing content on the site to generate the credits you will need to post. As a new member, you will receive 7 free credits which, depending on the length of your first chapter, might allow you to post it without having to read and review. To learn how the site works, please read our How the Site Works page.
The winner of the Strongest Start Novel Competition will be the writer who is selected by the site editors (not the users) to have the strongest three opening chapters. In addition, two runner-ups will be selected using the same criteria.
Prize Winner receives:
- $500 cash.
- One year of free membership on TheNextBigWriter, valued at $69.95.
- Feedback on their entries
Two runner-ups will receive:
- $100 in cash.
- Free extra three months of Premium Membership on TheNextBigWriter valued at $21.95.
- Feedback on their entries
- Feedback on each submitted chapter.
- Motivation to craft the best opening.
Past Competitions and Winners
TheNextBigWriter has run this competition off and on since 2008. Some of the winners have gone on to publishing success. Others are still noodling their books, using the feedback from the contest to make them better before they decide to publish.
Maiden SS2018 by Seabrass
Founders: Sifter Series Book I by graymartin
The Laundromat at the Edge of the Universe by Ronald Quark
The Girl with the Green Hair by Lucy Rice
Quantrill's Raiders by crazeesharon
Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson
Sensing Passion: Travels of a Fifty-Five Year Old Divorcee by Christy Cumberlander Walker
Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry
Fallen by Annie Simko