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Announcing the Poetry and Short Fiction Contest

Hello Ch1Con people! We’re thrilled to announce a new event opening up this year, the Ch1Con Poetry and Short Fiction Contest!

Submissions open up tonight for this exciting contest, and close on May 15. By early June, we hope to announce the first, second, and third place winners, as well as a number of honorable mentions, all of whom will be published in an e-book anthology coming out in July. Additionally, the first place winners will receive discounted admission to the conference in Chicago!

This is a chance for publication and to submit your best works of poetry and short fiction. Judged by members of the Ch1Con team, your work is guaranteed to be looked over with a careful eye. You can submit up to three stories and three poems (though you can’t win more than one top three spot). Short stories should be from 1,000 to 5,000 words, and poems should be no longer than one page in standard formatting.

We’re seriously excited to see all your submissions, and the submission page will be up soon! Check our social media and website for upcoming announcements about this contest.

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2016 Virtual Write-a-Thon Details

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:

We’re so excited to hang out with you on Saturday! Chat with you then.

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. We maaay have a special 2017 conference-related perk coming for people who attend the Virtual Write-a-Thon. Stop by to find out what it is!

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Black Friday Write-In

Hey there! Need to log some extra words for NaNoWriMo, or want to write in general? Join us the evening of Black Friday (the 25th) for an in-person write-in at a coffee shop in Lombard, IL, a suburb of Chicago! Details are in the image below:


See you there!

– The Ch1Con Team

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September Ch1Con Events

It’s September, which means our live chats and virtual write-ins are back! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, September 8th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is writing rules vs. myths. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Saturday, September 24th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room:

Talk to you Thursday!

– The Ch1Con Team

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July Video Chat: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy

This Thursday (July 14) at 8 PM EDT, we’ll be hosting our bimonthly video Ch1Con Chat on YouTube, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is “Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy.” You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our YouTube channel:

Talk to you Thursday!


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Ch1Con Blog Tour 2016


Hello friends! This is your Master of Marketing Kira Brighton, here to let you know about the upcoming kickoff of the annual Ch1Con blog tour.

As always, we’ve put this tour together to promote this year’s conference, which you can read all about and register for here on our website! The blog tour kicks off on April 10th and will end on May 25th. Follow along to get original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:


Sunday, April 10thJulia the Writer Girl, Guest Post by Susan Dennard plus Giveaway

Saturday, April 16th – Kira Brighton: Author, Interview with Christina Li and Brett Jonas

Monday, April 18thLiterary Abstractions, Interview with Kira Brighton

Saturday, April 23rd Jordan Villegas, Interview with Julia Byers

Sunday, April 24th Olivia Rivers, Blog Post

Tuesday, April 26thGo Teen Writers, Blog Post

Sunday, May 1stCh1Con Tumblr, Interview with Julia Byers

Wednesday, May 4thAllison the Writer, Guest Post by Julia Byers plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 11thNewbie Writer’s Guide, Guest Post by Patrice Caldwell

Tuesday, May 17thYvonne Ventresca, Blog Post

Monday, May 23rd Francesca Zappia, Interview with Brett Jonas plus Giveaway

Wednesday, May 25th Ariel Kalati, Ch1Con-Themed Personality Quiz


As always, we welcome any of you to join in on the tour! If you’d like to participate, contact me at and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are welcome as well.

Thanks, you guys! We hope to see you along the line, and then again in person for Ch1Con 2016.


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Speaker Announcement: Karen Bao

This is our last speaker announcement of 2015! What a fabulous one, though.

We are overjoyed to announce that Karen Bao will be leading a writing workshop at the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference!

Karen Bao is the author of the phenomenal YA science fiction series The Dove Chronicles (Penguin Random House). The first book in the series, Dove Arising, came out earlier this year to critical praise–including a blurb from the one and only Christopher Paolini, who called her “an incredibly talented young writer” and “a promising new talent.” (Go Karen!) When she isn’t writing, Karen is also a musician and aspiring ecologist, studying environmental biology at Columbia University. She began writing Dove Arising when she was seventeen.

Karen’s Book

Dove Arising (2015)

Find Karen Online

Website / TwitterFacebook

Make sure to register before the end of May to take advantage of our early bird price of only $39.99! (And check out the Schedule page for our new, detailed conference schedule–including a PDF with descriptions of all the sessions!)

We can’t wait to see you August 8th!

– The Ch1Con Team

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