I'm delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 Chapter One Prize!
Out of a total of 801 international submissions in this blind contest, 17 chapters rose to the top for final consideration; it was truly a challenge to select the top three winners, and reading each writer's work was a pleasure and a privilege. In addition to the three winners, five writers were selected for honorable mention status, and nine were selected as notable. This year's winners are from Australia, France, Great Britain, India, New Zealand, Oman, Sweden and the United States.
The writers showcased on this page represent a variety of genres for both adults and young adults. What their chapters shared in common is that while reading, I found myself feeling in utterly capable hands, enjoying myself as a reader (versus editor), fully immersed in the prose. As the judge, I was looking for the following elements, and each of these writers ticked all the boxes: a clear point of view; a tone appropriate to the genre and story; an introduction to the protagonist; a sense of what the story would be about; a gripping opening scene; a vivid setting or settings; and a chapter ending that urged readers on to the second chapter.
Thanks to all who submitted, and congratulations to our winners. Outstanding work, everyone.
Please read the winning chapters and follow these authors; they're all writers to watch!
HONORABLE MENTIONS 2022
These five entries really stood out among the top 17 finalists.
Josephine Greenland, Eskilstuna, Södermanland, Sweden, for Wolf Hour, Crime Thriller
Diane Nicholls, Palmview, Queensland, Australia, for an unnamed novel, Historical Crime Fiction
Laura Preble, El Cajon, California, United States, for Jiffy Down Under, Contemporary Fiction
Michelle Schmidtke, Winthrop, Washington, United States, for Roughshod, Women's Fiction
Catherine Taylor, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand, for an unnamed novel, Erotic Thriller
OTHER NOTABLE CHAPTERS 2022
Thomas Andrew Green, Kennesaw, Georgia, United States, for Unfolding, Historical Fiction
Stephanie Doyon, Topsham, ME, United States, for The Liberation of Ovid Kingsley, Contemporary Fiction
Lu Hersey, Glastonbury, Somerset, Great Britain, for After the Scorch, Dystopian Fiction
Todd Johnson, Edina, Minnesota, United States, for A Hemingway Tale, Thriller
Suzanne McKenna Link, Sayville, New York, United States, for Girl Fight, Women's Fiction/Romance
Raazia Sajid, Ruwi, Muscat, Oman, for New Places, Literary Fiction
Shylashri Shankar, New Delhi, Delhi, India for Blood Caste, Historical Crime Fiction
Shira Shiloah, Memphis, Tennessee, United States, for Grave Intervention, Paranormal Suspense
Greg Tulonen, Auburn, Maine, United States, for Dr. Xivray and the Presidential Peril, Science Fiction/Adventure