mon15janAll DayCompletedWinter Anthology Contest: Compelling First ChaptersCategoryNovelUSAEntry Fee$20 Max word count3,000 Top Prize$1000 and anthology publication. All finalists will receive $50 and anthology publication.

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Enter the first chapter of your in-progress novel or memoir. Your goal is to create a sample that compels readers to click buy.

That means we’re looking for first chapters that capture our attention and leave us eager to keep reading!

Successful first chapters will build a foundation for the story to come, establishing key story elements like character, world, and conflict.

All qualified entrants will receive professional feedback from our editing team before judging, so the earlier you submit, the more time you have to revise.

Prerequisites: An original, unpublished first chapter. 2,500-3,000 words. Entrants must be 18 . Please do not send short stories or your entire manuscript. English only.

Bardsy is an online platform that provides writers with live workshops, personal coaching, and educational courses developed by professional authors and educators.

We are keen to encourage quality submissions, so suggest writers to check their stories before submitting using Prowritingaid. They have free and paid versions and are the best writing software we know to help improve grammar, readability and check for repetition, ‘sticky’ sentences and suggest alternatives.

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