Writing Contest

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!


2016 Conference

Ch1Con 2016: August 6th!

It’s official! The 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 6th at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago.

Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2016 conference to you! With this new location, Ch1Con is going to be bigger and better than ever. We can’t wait to share our speakers and other announcements with you, so stay tuned for lots more info, coming soon!


Monthly Online Events

September Ch1Con Chat (and New Chat Schedule!)

Hey, guys! Get ready, because IT’S THE RETURN OF CH1CON CHAT.

The 2015-2016 team has decided to make some changes to Ch1Con Chat to make it more accessible and fun for you. Without further ado:

  • Twitter chats are now once a month and on Thursdays! They’ll be the same Twitter chats you know and love (okay, you like) (a lot), but we’re moving them to Thursday nights at 8:00 PM eastern. They’ll alternate Thursdays with our Youtube chats, so that one or the other should happen every other week. (Of course, life sometimes gets in the way, so we’re not promising they’ll be EXACTLY every other week. But that is The Goal.)
  • In essence: You’ll get one Twitter chat and one Youtube chat heading straight to your internet every month.
  • Youtube chats are now shorter and better organized! SO EXCITING, RIGHT? No more three hour marathons of the Ch1Con team rambling about The Raven Boys instead of that night’s promised topic. We realized that while that was fun for us, it wasn’t so much for you (or our neighbors). So: this year we’re limiting the chats to a half hour max AND staying on topic. (Mostly.)

Sound good? With that in mind, we’ve already hosted our Twitter chat for September, but we still have the Youtube chat to go!

Next Thursday (September 24) at 8 PM EST, we’ll be hosting our monthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is Get to Know the Ch1Con Team. You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Also, I’m conveniently embedding it in the post below:

Talk to you Thursday!


2015 Conference

Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour

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Hi guys! Online admin Kira Budge here to bring you exciting news! Just like last year, we’ve put together a blog tour to promote Ch1Con and this year it’s even BIGGER and BETTER than last time. We’re running it from April 13th through May 23rd with a special concluding post later on and have a bunch of great blogs on board. You can follow the tour to see original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and to enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:

Mon April 13 Inklined, Special Post and Giveaway

Wed April 15Ariel Kalati, Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team

Mon April 20 Writability, Guest Post by Kira Budge and Giveaway

Sat April 25 Go Teen Writers, Blog Post

Mon April 27 Teens Can Write, Too!, Interview with Kira Budge and Ariel Kalati plus Giveaway

Wed April 29 Chapter One Young Writers Conference, Hosting the TCWT May Blog Chain

Fri May 1 Louise Fury, Blog Post and Mini-Interview with Ava Jae

Mon May 4 Pub(lishing) Crawl, Guest Post by Julia Byers and Giveaway

Wed May 6Charlotte Gerber, Guest Q+A by Kira Budge

Sat May 9 Kira Budge: Author, Blog Post

Mon May 11 A Writer’s Tales, Guest Post by Kira Budge

Wed May 13 Newbie Writers, Guest Post by Julia Byers

Sat May 16 — Writers Write, Right?, Blog Post and Giveaway

Tues May 19 Yvonne Ventresca, Interview with Julia Byers and Giveaway

Thurs May 21 Allison the Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team (also see here)

Sat May 23 Julia the Writer Girl, Interview with Ava Jae and Giveaway

We’ve still got space for you! If you’d like to participate in the blog tour, contact me at kirabauthor@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are all very welcome as well.

Thanks so much, you guys! We’re so excited to be able to bring Ch1Con 2015 to you this summer.

Monthly Online Events

February Ch1Con Activities

Sorry for not getting this post up sooner this month, guys! We had our first Twitter chat of the month last night, on the topic of Writing and the Internet. Don’t worry if you missed it, though! We’ve still got two more events coming your way.

Ch1Con Chat (Youtube Edition): Thursday, February 19th, at 8:00 PM EST.
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 February Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Ch1Con Twitter Chat: Wednesday, February 25th, at 9:30 PM EST.
Our last event of the month will be a Twitter chat on the topic of Pursuing Publication. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Check back here for conference announcements (speakers and registration opening and event details, oh my), to come as soon as we have time to write them! 🙂