CRAFT First Chapters Contest entries are open to all fiction writers, and international submissions are welcome.
Excerpts of book-length fiction only—please submit the first chapter or chapters (5,000 word count maximum) of your unpublished novels/novellas, completed or in progress.
Please do not submit short stories or nonfiction.
Please submit work in English only.
Entry fee: US $20.
Winner: $2,000 award and a full manuscript critique of the novel or novella, up to 100K words, by The Artful Editor
Runners-up: $500 and $300 award respectively for the second and third place finalists
- Agent query workshop for the winner and runners-up by Beth Marshea of Ladderbird Literary Agency—Beth will offer feedback on the first 5,000 words of the project, the summary, and a query letter
Publication of the top three excerpts in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Masie Cochran
Publication of an author’s note (craft essay) to accompany the excerpt by each of the writers
- All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next winter that will include: the winning excerpts with the guest judge’s introductions and the winners’ craft essays; excerpts from the finalists’ entries; excerpts from craft essays; and more.
Closing date: Wednesday 30 June 2021.
For more information, please visit CRAFT’s website.