Group-Sponsored Chapter One Contest
Third Drawer Down invites you to share the beginning of your novel with our judge. Your first chapter's job is to draw in your readers and hold them, making them care about your characters and want to go on an intriguing journey with them.
Our judge is the renowned former news anchor and author Lynne Russell. Her extensive background in investigating and reporting, along with experience writing news and fiction, will aid her in judging. Her goal is to determine if your characters feel real and believable, if your story is compelling, and if what you reveal in that first chapter will entice someone to want to keep reading.
This contest is open to every genre and age group (Middle Grade through adult). However, please do not include stories containing overly graphic violence or erotica. Note— this is a contest for first chapters, not prologues. If your first chapter is longer than 3,000 words, you need to find a good stopping point prior to the end.
Prize money for this contest is provided by the Scribophile Writing Contest Prize Fund.
Winners have been announced! Log in to see them.
|1st prize:||$100 cash via PayPal|
|2nd prize:||$75 cash via PayPal|
|3rd prize:||$50 cash via PayPal|
Entries must be no longer than 3,000 words per Scribophile’s count.
First chapter entries of any genre of a novel or novella only. Must be marked Chapter 1 not 0 as it cannot be a prologue.
No poems, flashes, or short stories.
No overly graphic violence and no erotica.
Work submitted must not have been previously won or placed in any other contest.
Work cannot be submitted to any other current Scribophile contest.
No previously published stories.
Only one entry per person.
Entries must have Public visibility on Scribophile until winners are announced.
You may post your work, receive critiques and edit until the deadline.
Entry is free, but you’ll need 5 karma points to post your work to the contest. You can earn karma points, by writing critiques of work with other members.
To post your work for this contest, check the box that says "Enter this work into the Group-Sponsored Chapter One Contest.” Your work will automatically be considered. The check box will be visible until the contest deadline, which is in UTC time.