Sunday, July 1, 2012

Chapter One Submissions: July

***WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR JULY SUBMISSIONS. 
CHECK BACK THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF AUGUST TO SIGN UP FOR NEXT MONTH***

What is it?

A contest for authors.

Each month I will be looking for the BEST first chapter of a novel. The winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card AND will be interviewed on both my reader and writer blogs which have had over 30,000 page views in the past year. In addition, I will tweet about your book to my 13,000 followers and do a write up about why I chose your novel as my "chapter one" pick of the month.

For the first month, I will be accepting 50 entries. I might change this later...I need time to write after all ;) but I will do what I can to maintain this number.  Once I receive 50, I will announce at the top of this post that submissions are closed for the month, so if you don't see that above, there's still an opening.  Last month it was only open for two days, so don't wait around ;)

TO ENTER...

Comment on this blog post below. If you are one of the first fifty to comment, send the first chapter of your novel to my EMAIL ADDRESS.

In the subject line of your email put: CHAPTER ONE
And then please paste your chapter in the body of the email, and NOT as an attachment.

The winner will be emailed by the last week of the month, and look for their interview (and hopefully YOUR interview) the first week of the following month. If you were not chosen, you may submit the first chapter of a different novel the next month. Short stories are also eligible.

Why am I doing this? Those who know me already know, but if you don't, one of my favorite things to do is promote up-and-coming authors. I received a lot of help in the early days of my journey from some amazing authors, and it's important to me to give back.

Best of luck to everyone!

53 comments:

  1. I'd like to enter July's Chapter One contest!

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  2. I'd like to enter July's contest too. Good to hear that short stories are eligible...

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  3. This sounds like so much fun. I'd love to enter.

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  4. Please let me know how I can enter the contest too. Thanks!

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    1. Just email me the first chapter, Jacqueline. :)

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  5. I would LOVE to enter. Thanks!

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  6. I'd love to enter, it sounds like a great idea!

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  7. I'd like to submit my chapter 1!!

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  8. I love a good ol' fashioned literary throwdown. Rolling up my sleeves and tossing my hat into the ring. ;)

    --Kevis Hendrickson

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  9. Been waiting since last month! All ready to go!

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  10. Hi! I'd love to send in Chapter One of my New Adult book Girls Love Travis Walker. Thanks!

    Anne Pfeffer
    www.annepfeffer.com

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  11. I'd love to enter your Chapter One contest! Hooray! Thanks for a cool opportunity!

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  12. I'd love to enter this contest. Thanks!

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  13. Cheryl I will send, you maybe shocked!

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  14. Blogger hates me, so I hope this goes through...

    I'd love to send you a chapter!

    Gina Lamm

    AWA Regina Cole

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  15. Can I enter even if I'm in the UK?!

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  16. I'd love to enter too. How do you enter a short story?

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    1. Does it have any chapters in it? How many words?

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    2. 5000 words. No chapters. I could send the first scene.

      Thanks!

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  17. So excited, definitely would love to participate. Thanks!

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  18. Thanks! I think I'll give it a whirl!

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  19. I will send you Chapter One of my unpublished novel Under the Dome of Noonan. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Salvatore Buttaci

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  20. I'd like to send you a first chapter of my YA fantasy novel Drum Warrior

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  21. I want to enter the Chapter One contest with my fantasy novel "Nameless."

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  22. What a great idea! Would love to participate!! Thank you :)

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  23. What a lovely and generous idea! Thank you for the opportunity. I would like to send you the first chapter in my fantasy novel, "Tales of the Arbiter: The Power of Love."

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  24. I'd love to be a part of this endeavor. You're so sweet to be doing this! <3

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  25. Yes, I would like to do this - glad I got in before the 50. I will send you the first chapter of my novel, Correction Line.

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  26. How fantastic, thank you! Lily White, Chapter One is on the way x

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  27. This is great, I would love to send you a chapter

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  28. Thanks Cheryl! Sending you my lady garden adventures (don't worry, it's not crude). SJx

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  29. Fab idea! I'm sending you the first chapter of ISLAND OF FOG in just a moment...

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  30. I'm so excited I'm not too late! Such a fun idea. Thank you.

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  31. I'm so happy for this. I'll be sending you Irving Wishbutton.

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  32. Think I made the cut! Woo-hoo! Will be sending my First Chapter. :)

    Jonathan Winn

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  34. What a neat idea! I'm in--my debut thriller releases this fall so love to hear some advance feedback.

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  35. This sounds like a great opportunity, I'm game.

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  36. What a great opportunity, Cheryl. I'd love to participate.

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  37. I'd love to participate, Cheryl. :)

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  38. What a fabulous idea, Cheryl! Thank you! I'm going to enter... hopefully I'm within the 50!!!

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  39. I'd like to enter your best first chapter contest.

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    1. If I'm one of the top fifty let me know what your email is my computer won't show it.

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