We are looking for the most original, promising, accomplished novels, written by the most dynamic and talented writers across all genres. All you have to do is convince us that this is you in just one chapter. Simple!
The first chapter is the most important chapter of the entire book. It is the first thing an agent or publisher will see and, more importantly, it is the gateway for your readers. It is where the all-important, career-making or -breaking decision is made, to read on or find another author. The weight of responsibility is almost unbearable when putting pen to paper to create the first chapter, the first page, the first sentence; it is where characters are introduced, scenes are set, plots are established, and all of this needs to be done in a way that is immediately engaging and original. No pressure then!
We would like to reward the writer of this winning chapter with an assessment of their entire manuscript. Our assessments enable authors to view their projects and overall writing skills with fresh eyes, to see the strengths and weaknesses and get a sense of how their audience and the industry will view their work. It is an invaluable service that we have been delivering for nearly ten years across all genres, helping writers to reach their publishing goals. For full details of how the two-part assessment works, visit the Manuscript Assessment page.
To enter, simply send your opening chapter as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Competition’ as the subject. Write your details and the name and genre of the book in the body of the email. The chapter must form the opening of a full-length novel, which is either complete or expected to be complete within three months. We are looking for original, unpublished or self-published writing. The best three entries will be published on the Whoosh! website.
Closing date for entries is 1st April 2017
Best of luck!
*Prize to be redeemed within three months. No cash equivalent available.