Booksie First Chapter Contest

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

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 SilenceState of VengeanceMy Own Worst Nightmare, and For the Love of Babies. Sol is also the founder of Booksie.com and the online writing workshop TheNextBigWriter.com.

About Booksie Contests

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: Booksie is an online writing site. By entering the contest, your first chapter will be posted on the site. 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.

Cost: $7.95 / entry

Start: January 08, 2019

Deadline: June 14, 2019

Prize: Grand prize: $1,000 cash, one free week of exposure, and a gold contest badge. Runner-ups: $150 cash, one free week of exposure, and a silver contest badge

Here’s the link: https://www.booksie.com/contest/booksie-2019-first-chapter-novel-contest-15

You can also find this on Facebook.

There must be many similar contests. Who knows of others?

I’m entering. How about you? Potential wide exposure, screw the money.

Just found this:

We hope you are enjoying the May Issue of The Writer’s Newsletter. As well as some interesting articles on writing there is poetry and wonderful short stories, and we have updated the competitions and festivals for around the World. The serialization of Lex Talionis finishes this month and we hope you have enjoyed this feature. We are now looking for another book to serialize starting next month.

The monthly newsletter contains a list of writer contests. The post is not opening up for me. Facebook is extremely slow this weekend. I’ll try again later.


4 thoughts on “Booksie First Chapter Contest

  1. mimispeike says:

    Here’s another one: What’s on Your Bucket List? (A writing competition.) No entry fee, a three hundred dollar prize (like I care about the money). It’s exposure. I’ll write about finishing Sly, of course. What the hell, right?

    I’ve got InDesign working for me, after a fashion. I have to learn it all over again, everything is different from my ancient Creative Suite 3. I’m developing a mailer now, in the process settling on a style that will marry well with my intentions for my website. A move here, a move there. Sooner or later it will all come together.

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  2. Perry Palin says:

    Keep working on it, Mimi!

    I’ve been looking at the Booksie site and reading some of what they’ve posted. I don’t see myself as a good fit there right now. Doesn’t hurt to look though.

    I’ve been entertaining myself with a contest entry of about 2,300 words, which I may submit before month’s end. I don’t expect to win this national contest, but the writing has been a good exercise.


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