Poetry and Short Fiction Contest

We’re thrilled to announce

the 2nd Annual Chapter One Events Poetry and Fiction Contest!

Want to attend the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference (ages 11-20) or the Chapter Twenty-One Conference (ages 21-29) but need financial assistance? Want a free, professional critique of your work-in-progress? Want to see your writing published in an eBook anthology this summer?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Chapter One Events Poetry and Fiction Contest is for you!

Today (Thursday, March 15) through Tuesday, May 15, we’ll be accepting poetry and short fiction contest entries from writers who, as of the 2018 conferences on August 4, will be between the ages of 11 and 29. The contest is free to enter.

We’re separating entries this year into four categories:

  • Ch1Con (ages 11-20, as of August 4)
    • Poetry: no longer than 1 page, single-spaced
    • Short Fiction: 1,000 to 5,000 words
  • Ch21Con (ages 21-29, as of August 4)
    • Poetry: no longer than 1 page, single-spaced
    • Short Fiction: 1,000 to 5,000 words

Prizes include discounted conference admission to either Ch1Con or Ch21Con (depending on your age group), writing critiques from the Chapter One Events team, and publication in the 2018 Chapter One Events Writing Competition Collection!

For more details (including contest rules, info on the 2018 judges, and a full list of available prizes), please visit this page.

We’re so excited to read your wonderful writing!



Poetry Contest Open For Submission!


We’re excited to announce our first writing contest of the year!

Some additional info:

  • Entrants between the ages of 11 and 29 are welcome to submit.
  • There will be two prizes awarded, one for the Ch1Con age bracket (11-21) and one for the Ch21Con age bracket (21-29).
  • We will give you the option to have the poem published on the Ch1Con website, but if you would like to keep your submission private we will respect that request.

If you have any questions about submissions, feel free to send us a message on twitter (@Ch1Con) or send us an e-mail!

Thanks so much to Nicole Dowling for our amazing poster! Check out her work here!

2018 Conference Registration Is Open!

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We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare in Des Plaines, Illinois. It will include workshops, a panel, a lunchtime pizza party, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff. Attendance is open to any young writers who will be between the ages of 11 and 20 as of August 4th, 2018. (If you’ll be between the ages of 21 and 29, check out our sister conference, the Chapter Twenty-One Conference!)

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $74.99 (lunch included)! Registration is available at:

Interested in who this year’s speakers are? Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the speakers very soon!

Spots are limited to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone!

We’re so excited for the 2018 conference (and hope you are too)! See you in August!

— The Ch1Con Team


Yule Ball 2018 Speaker Announcement

Hello writers!

Today is the day we get to announce the 2018 Yule Ball speakers!

For those of you who do not know, the Ch1Con Yule Ball is an hour-and-a-half long live video panel.

This year, it will be held on Friday, January 26th from 7PM-8:30 PM Central Time.

Just follow THIS LINK:

Basically, Yule Ball is a mini, free, and online Ch1Con, and we hope to see you all there!

So, without further ado, here are the young authors who will be answering your questions…

Morgan York



Morgan is a YA fantasy writer living in New York City. In a former life, she was an actress who appeared in films such as Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pacifier. She enjoys reading, video games, traveling, and drinking all kinds of tea. On her blog, she discusses books, writing, social issues, and more at and tweets as @morganyorkwrite.

Sierra Elmore


Sierra Elmore is a young adult contemporary writer who studies sociology at Arcadia University. She created the Diverse Book Bridge project for underrepresented teens and edits YA Pride’s Teen Voices column. Her novels focus on teenage girls fighting trauma while wreaking havoc. When not writing, she enjoys Pilates, chasing after her cat, and working at her school’s career center.

Rachel Stevenson


Rachel Stevenson is a YA and MG author and reader seeking traditional publishing. She is the creator and host of #YayYA. It is her current goal to  read and review all of the Newbery Medal winners. Rachel, though from Philadelphia, hails from Oklahoma and attends college near Pittsburgh, PA, but most of her books are set in made-up places based on Ireland or Russia.

Feel free to get to know our amazing speakers on twitter before you see them LIVE at #Ch1ConYuleBall.

See you this Friday!


2018 Conference Date and Location!

We’re so excited to share with you the first details of the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and first annual Chapter Twenty-One Conference!

Both conferences will take place on Saturday, August 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare, in Des Plaines, Illinois. We’ll also have a discounted block of rooms available at the hotel for attendees, volunteers, and speakers (reservation link coming soon!).

Mark your calendars, because we CANNOT WAIT to share the 2018 conferences with you! And stay tuned, because we’ll have more details (like speaker announcements, Friday evening party plans, and mooore) for you soon.

– The Ch1Events Team


Yule Ball

Hello Writers!

Well, the cookies have been eaten, the ball has been dropped, and we’re all about to head back to school. That usually means the holidays are over, but we here at Chapter One Con aren’t giving up just yet.

It’s time to put on your nicest dress robes and fire up your computers for the third-annual Ch1Con Yule Ball!

For those of you who do not know, the Yule Ball is an hour-and-a-half long live video panel.

This year, it will be held on Friday, January 26th from 7PM-8:30 PM Central Time.

Basically it’s a mini, free, and online Ch1Con! It features young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing. (Oh, and did we mention that there are all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)

Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many as we have time for!

Interested in entering a giveaway? We’ll announce the giveaway prizes and post Rafflecopter raffles for you to enter throughout the Yule Ball!

Most importantly: interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our YouTube channel!

We’ll be announcing the speaker line up and posting the official link this Friday, so stay tuned!


The End Is Here! Mentorship Blog Tour

The end is nye, friends!
That’s right, the highly anticipated Ch1Events Mentorship Anthology is here!

As you may know, the Ch1Con and Ch21Con teams have spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our second-annual mentorship program. The final step of this program is the release of an anthology featuring these up-and-coming young authors’ short stories (as well as some of our own).
The anthology is called This Is The End: Short Stories by Young Writers, because these stories all deal with endings of one kind or another. There’s suspense, intrigue, emotion, and love behind every single piece and we’re SO excited for you to read them!

Purchase the E-Book From:


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We’re also THRILLED to show you the beautiful cover in all its glory:



We love this spooky cover, created by a wonderful, talented friend of the conference!
In honor of This Is the End’s release, we’re holding a mini blog tour! It will include interviews, excerpts from the anthology stories, and more.

The blog tour schedule is below:

Wednesday, November 22: Excerpt from Brett Jonas’s story on
Thursday, November 23: We’ll be taking the day off of blog posting from Thanksgiving, but keep an eye on the @Ch1Con Twitter account for special, thankful surprise brought to you by the anthology authors!
Friday, November 24: Excerpt from Joey Brandt’s Story on
Saturday, November 25: Excerpt from Emma Rose Ryan’s story on
Sunday, November 26: How To Write A Killer Ending: A Discussion Between Christel Thompson and Emma Ryan
Monday, November 27: Interview with Mentees on
Tuesday, November 28: Interview with Mentors on
Wednesday, November 29: Giveaway of one paperback copy of This Is The End on

All proceeds from the anthology go towards funding future Chapter One Events activities, including our 2018 conferences and mentorship program.

Purchase This Is The End today to help a young writer’s journey begin!

Once more, with feeling,  you can purchase the anthology from:

Blurb (Paperback):
Amazon (E-Book):
iBooks (E-Book):
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We had so much fun putting This Is The End together and hope you enjoy reading it!
– The Ch1Events Team