Booksie 2022 First Chapter Novel Contest

Booksie 2022 First Chapter Novel Contest

Enter the first chapter of your book to see what others think. $500 grand prize.

It's not even 2022 - yet, but in anticipation, we're launching the 2022 First Chapter Novel Contest. 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 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

  • $500 cash award
  • Gold winner badge
  • A free week of Promote for any published content of the winner's choice (Promote features the content 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 

  • $100 cash
  • Silver winner badge
  • One free week of Promotes for any published content of the winner's choosing (Promote features the content in front of Booksie’s millions of monthly readers).

Entry Fee


Writers may submit as many entries as they like. There is a fee of $5.95 per entry. This covers administrative costs, judging fees, marketing, and prize awards. Any profit derived from the contest fees will be donated to the literacy non-profit Reading is Fundamental. 



The judge for this competition is Sol Nasisi, the founder of WorldMaker Media, the publisher of  Screaming in the SilenceState 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: When entering the contest, you can choose to make your work public or private. The choice is up to you and will not impact the contest judging. Private work will only be viewed by the judge. Public work will receive exposure on the site.

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Entry cost: $5.95 ($5.06 for Premium members)

Start: December 05, 2021

Deadline: May 14, 2022

Prize: Grand prize: $500 cash, one free week of exposure, and a gold contest badge. Runner-ups: $100 cash, one free week of exposure, and a silver contest badge

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