Booksie 2019 First Chapter Novel Contest

Booksie 2019 First Chapter Novel Contest

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Enter the first chapter of your book to win $1,000 and exposure.

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First chapter contest

September 4, 2019 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After much reading, re-reading, and musing on the finalists, I have finally arrived at the winners list. This was not easy. Throughout this contest I have read so many great first chapters. I encourage everyone who entered the contest to continue working on their books or continue promoting them if they are already published.

Without further delay, the winners are:

Grand prize: 

There are so many great things to say about this first chapter: the description, the dialogue, the writing, the heart-breaking turn of events. But the element that got me was the fleshing out of the main character Cynamenelle, otherwise known as Cyn. The author made me feel her pain, her fright, her anger, her exhaustion. I want to know what happens to her, and how she'll resppond to the harrowing events of the first chapter.


A kick-ass fighter who longs to win in order to pull herself out of some kind of female, orphan bootcamp. It's not exactly clear what situation Elena Sarnova is in, and that mystery is one of the threads that pulled me along. I want to learn about Elena's predicacment and see if she can escape from what appears to be a dreary destiny.

A beautifully written post-apocalyptic first chapter set in a world where technology has become verboten. The main character in the first chapter is a mysterious cripple named Kayla who travels with a Monk. They search for banned medical equipment which can save lives. The chapter hints that Kayla is more than she seems. The worldbuilding, the mystery, the scenery, it all works to compel the reader to want to move onto the next chapter.


Please join me in congratulating the winners. I hope this contest not only helps them, but everyone who entered by providing the motivation and inspiration to continue writing, editing, or marketing your work.

Booksie will be in touch with the winners in the next day or two to discuss the awarding of the prizes.


August 25, 2019 Update

We have the short list of finalists! Below is a quick note from the judge, Sol Nasisi.

Hello Booksie World,

Below is the finalist short-list for the Booksie 2019 First Chapter Contest. I want to apologize for taking a bit longer than I would have liked, but there were a lot of entries to read through - 1,537 to be exact. I read through every single one of them, some of them more than once in order to arrive at this list. I did expand the finalist list to 23 as I wanted to give recognition to as many great first chapters as possible. So, wihtout further delay, here are the finalists (in no particular order):

I'll be re-reading the finalists over the next week and plan to have the winners list ready in 7-10 days. Thanks again for your patience. Congratulations to the finalists and to everyone who entered the contest!

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Have a book or a novel idea you've been noodling? Enter your first chapter into the Booksie First Chapter Contest and see how it does. You don't need to have finished the book. You don't even need more than the first chapter. We're looking for a start that will grab our attention, that is original, that is well written, and that makes us want to beg you to see what comes next. And for those we find, we'll provide some hefty awards to inspire you to finish writing the book or, if finished, to help get it published.

You can submit your entire book but only the first chapter will be judged.


Grand prize winner

  • $1,000 cash award
  • Gold winner badge
  • One free week of Boosts for any content of the winner's choosing (Boosting features the story in front of Booksie’s millions of monthly readers)
  • A review of the winning chapter by Sol Nasisi, the publisher of WorldMaker Media.

Two runner-ups 

  • $150 cash
  • Silver winner badge
  • One free week of Boosts for any content of the winner's choosing (Boosting features the story in front of Booksie’s millions of monthly readers).


The judge for this competition is Sol Nasisi, the founder of WorldMaker Media, the publisher of  Screaming in the Silence, State of VengeanceMy Own Worst Nightmare, and For the Love of Babies. Sol is also the founder of and the online writing workshop 

About Booksie Contests

Booksie is an online writing platform to help writers tell their stories and promote their written work. It is not a publisher and does not take any ownership of the writing posted to the site. Booksie has run writing contests for the last three years. Our sister site, TheNextBigWriter has run writing contests for the last thirteen years. Click here to view a list of previous Booksie winners.

Please note: By entering the contest, your first chapter will be posted on the site. Booksie does not take any ownership or rights to any writing posted as part of the contest. If you do not want your first chapter to appear on Booksie, do not enter the contest. You can delete your entry at any time.

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