2020 First Chapter Contest

  • It is not a requirement to enter the First Chapter Contest if you are attending the conference. This is OPTIONAL.

  • The cost to enter The First Chapter Contest is $5.oo. Payment made via PayPal

  • Many English teachers offer extra credit to students for participating in the contest. Check with your English teacher to see if this is a possibility for you.

  • There are two divisions in this competition: Ages 13-15 and Ages 16-19

  • The top ten semi-finalists in both the younger and older divisions will receive a full critique and a small gift.

  • First place winners in both divisions will win a $100 prize.  2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive a prize.

  • Contest closes February 23, 2020 at midnight.


Rules and Guidelines

  1. All work should be original and unpublished (must not be something you submitted for the TABC First Chapter contest in years past) Only one entry allowed per person. *Posting your work to a blog or website does not classify it as being published.

  2. Entrants must be no younger than thirteen and no older than nineteen, and must enter the category of their age.

  3. No team entries will be allowed.

  4. Entries must be double spaced with one inch margins in 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial Font. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you do not follow these guidelines, your work will automatically be disqualified.

  5. Entry is first chapter only, limited to FIVE pages. It is okay if your first chapter is less than FIVE pages. However, sending any more than the first five pages of your first chapter will disqualify you from the contest.

  6. Pages must be numbered.

  7. Entries must be in English.

  8. Changes can’t be made to the entry after you have submitted it. Please proofread and double check your work before submission.

  9. Do not include your name or any other identifying information in or on any of the pages you submit.

  10. As this is a contest for teens, no graphic violence, language, or sex scenes allowed. Think of it like PG-13 movies. This is a PG or PG-13 contest.

  11. Any entries received after the contest deadline will not be considered.

  12. Family of any member of Writers Cubed ineligible.

For questions or clarifications, email tabcfirstchapter@gmail.com

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