2019 CRAFT First Chapters Contest

Submissions are open June 1 to July 31, 2019

Awards: $2800 | agent review | manuscript critique 

Judged by Naomi Huffman of MCDxFSG and FSG Originals

 

GUIDELINES:
 

  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Excerpts of book-length fiction only—please submit the first chapter or chapters* of your unpublished novels/novellas, completed or in progress
  • Please do not submit short stories
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum*
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • Previously unpublished work only—we DO NOT review reprints for contests
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your excerpt if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • We allow multiple submissions—please submit each excerpt as a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
  • $20 reading fee per excerpt/entry
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next winter that includes: the winning chapters, with Naomi Huffman's introductions and the winners' craft essays; excerpts from the finalist entries; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable), and a summary of your book-length project
  • We do not require blind submissions

*Your entry may include more than your first chapter, up to 6,000 words total, but should contain complete sections—please do not leave us hanging mid-paragraph just to maximize word count—and must be the first chapter(s) of your book-length project, as if you were querying agents or publishing houses.



AWARDS:

The writers of the top three excerpts will receive:
 

  • Winner: $2,000 award and a manuscript critique of the novel or novella, up to 100K words, by The Artful Editor
  • Runners-up: $500 and $300 award respectively for the second and third place finalists
  • Agent review of the top three entries by Samantha Fingerhut of Compass Talent—Samantha will offer feedback on the first twenty-five pages of the project and accompanying query letters
  • Publication of the top three entries in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Naomi Huffman, and an Author's Note (craft essay) to accompany the excerpt by each of the writers 

 


THE FINE PRINT:
 

  • Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award
  • CRAFT's collaboration with editorial professionals and agents in the judging and awarding of our contests does not imply an endorsement or recognition from their agencies/houses/presses/universities/etc.


Learn more on our First Chapters Contest page

Welcome to CRAFT

Submissions for CRAFT Short Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for original work. We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

In order to serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay from the author. This author's note will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Short Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose the Flash Fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please submit only one piece until you've heard back from us
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)

Welcome to CRAFT 

Submissions for CRAFT Flash Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for original work. We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

In order to serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay from the author. This author's note will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Flash Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for stories from 1,000 to 6,0000 words, please choose the Short Fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • We no longer allow unlimited submissions—please submit no more than three flash pieces at one time, with each piece as a separate submission; please do not submit again until we've responded
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)

Interested in writing for CRAFT? If you want to submit a book annotation or review, interview, or a critical piece on craft in fiction, please see the guidelines below and select the appropriate dropdown. We do not consider previously published material (reprints) in this category. Please have an idea of what we currently publish and make sure your submission aligns with our voice and aesthetic. Thank you!

Please note we are not a market for personal essays—all nonfiction published in CRAFT is exclusively concerned with fiction writing.


Book Annotations & Reviews

We always need writing about books! Fiction only, please. We lean toward annotations that interrogate the craft elements in a piece, and away from traditional book reviews. We generally prefer reviews on books that are forthcoming or no older than three months. Reviews should be approximately 800 to 1,200 words, focus on craft elements, and include quotes and references to other works and/or authors within the review. Check out our craft archive for examples. We only accept completed reviews.


Interviews

We welcome queries and completed interviews of fiction writers. We will want to know if the interview is already approved as well as what elements of craft will be explored. 


Craft Essays / Talks  

Please send completed critical essays concerning the craft of fiction, and include in your cover letter what you're exploring and why it is a good fit for the publication. Submissions should be 1,000 to 1,500 words and should consist of a careful examination of craft.

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