You’ll note in the contest results below that we don’t necessarily award a full set of winners for each category. This is because we believe in rewarding quality over quantity, so we’ve limited our winners to only those entries we find fitting of this distinction. (Basically this means, if you won something, it’s because we really love you.)
Now, without further ado: drum roll please………
Ch1Con (Ages 11-20)
First Place: “Visions” by Miranda Sun
Second Place: “Mountain” by Emily Woods
Honorable Mentions: “Away with You” by Miranda Sun and “Looking Forward to Nineteen” by Emily Woods
Short Fiction Winners
First Place: “The Rosewyvern’s Curse” by Emily Woods
Second Place: “We’ve Hit an Iceberg” by Kori Johnson
Ch21Con (Ages 21-29)
Short Fiction Winner
First Place: “The New Corpse” by H. L. Cassel
Thank you to all who entered the contest! We really enjoyed reading your entries and we hope you’ll enter again next year. And a HUGE congratulations to our winners!! All our winners this year will receive discounted admission to the relevant conference, as well as one free copy of the 2018 contest e-book anthology–which, again, will be available for purchase in mid-July.
Surprise! Today’s announcement is actually for two speakers. (Whaaat?!)
The Chapter One Events team is pleased to announce our next two speakers for the 2018 Chapter One Young Writers Conference and inaugural Chapter Twenty-One Conference: Ch1Con director Emma Rose Ryan and Ch21Con director Julia Byers!
Emma Rose Ryan is an undergraduate studying Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She’s been a member of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team since the event’s inception, and she is honored to be taking over as director for 2018. Emma writes middle grade and YA fiction, focusing on paranormal and urban fantasy genres. When she’s not writing, Emma can be found reciting Shakespeare, watching The West Wing, or petting someone else’s cat.
Julia Byers graduated in 2016 from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she studied Honors Creative Writing & Literature and Global Media Studies (Film). She graduated with Distinction and Highest Honors. She then attended the inaugural Columbia Publishing Course UK, a one-month intensive certificate course focused on the publishing industry, run in collaboration by Columbia University and Exeter College, Oxford University. In 2017, she moved to New York City to complete a six-month editorial internship at Scholastic. In her free time, she directs bookish nonprofit organization Chapter One Events and is a writer and amateur photographer. Her writing has received a variety of honors, including a Hopwood Award, the Arthur Miller Award, and first place in the children’s/YA fiction category of the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.
Check out Julia’s published writing on her website.
Emma and Julia will be co-moderating the conferences’ combined ask anything panel. Julia will also be moderating Ch21Con’s young publishing panel. In honor of speaking at the conferences, Julia is thrilled to give away a critique of the first fifty pages of one young adult or middle grade manuscript!
Just click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!
We don’t have all of our speakers for the 2018 conferences solidified yet, but we’re announcing those we can throughout this week. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the reveal of another 2018 speaker!
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.
The Ch1Con team is excited to announce the 2017 Ch1Con Yule Ball!
The Yule Ball will be an hour-and-a-half long live video panel taking place Saturday, February 11th from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST. It’ll feature young authors, answering YOUR questions about writing and the publishing process. (Oh, and did we mention that there will be all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)
Our amazing panelists are:
Christine Lynn Herman
Christine Lynn Herman was born in Manhattan, but grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. She came back to the United States to study at the University of Rochester, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree of questionable real-world value.
She returned to NYC post-grad to attend the Columbia Publishing Course. Currently, she works as a literary assistant at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates by day and writes YA novels by night, and is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA’s 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, while her novel GONE, GONE, GONE (2012) was a Stonewall Honor Recipient and TEETH (2013) earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and The Bulletin. NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the Bisexual YA Book of the Year in 2016 by the Bisexual Book Awards. She lives in Maryland.
Joan He started out in art – the pencil-sketching, oil-painting kind of art – only to quickly discover the art of the written word. So, here she is now, love undivided. When she’s not trying to balance writing and sophomoring at the University of Pennsylvania (where she’s a Psychology Major), she over-indulges in her love for wombats, Mao Feng tea, and scary anime.
Briana Morgan is a YA and NA writer, editor, and blogger who loves dark, suspenseful reads, angst-ridden relationships, and complicated characters. Her interest in Jay Gatsby scares her friends and family. You can find her in way too many places online, eating too much popcorn, reading in the corner, or crying about long-dead literary heroes.
Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many questions 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! (And we think you’re going to be pretty excited about these prizes. So many books!)
This Saturday is the 2016 Ch1Con Virtual Write-a-Thon!
When? Saturday, December 17th from 11 AM to 11 PM eastern time.
What’s a virtual write-a-thon? A virtual write-a-thon is an event where a bunch of people get together to write a bunch of words, talk about writing, and procrastinate–online. You don’t have to attend for the whole event (only as much as you want to) and you can write whatever you want (no need to limit yourself to novels!).
Where? The write-a-thon will take place through a private chat room on the website Chatzy. You can find the chat room at:
The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce the first annual
Ch1Con Mentorship Anthology!
This fall, the Ch1Con team will be mentoring ten young writers (ages 11 to 23) to teach them about writing, editing, and the publishing process!
Each Ch1Con team member will select one to two young writers to individually mentor. (Think of it like a class!) (You know, except way more fun.) Through one short story by each young writer, the team members will step their mentees through everything they need to know about becoming authors: how to use editorial letters to strengthen their writing, how to utilize copy edits, how to read contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and more.
In the end, the Ch1Con team will publish all of the short stories in an anthology—available for sale online and at future Ch1Con events!
Hey there! We have several great online events coming your way this month as we go into final preparations for our, ya know, main event: Ch1Con 2016! Check ’em out below.
Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 PM Eastern: YouTube Chat
Join us on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference) where members of the Ch1Con team will discuss something writing-related, and ask us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con.
What exactly will we discuss? That’s up to you. Vote for the July Ch1Con Chat topic below.
Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat
The topic of our (usual) Twitter chat this month is strong female characters. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!
Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 PM Eastern: Extra-Special, Conference
Want to know something about the conference itself? We’ll be hosting a special Ch1Con Chat on Twitter the week before Ch1Con 2016 to answer any sorts of questions you might have concerning the conference. Tweet using #Ch1Con to participate. (Can’t make the chat? Feel free to email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll answer them there instead!)