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Competition Anthology + Session Descriptions!

Hey there, awesome young writers!

We’re coming at you today to let you know two very exciting things:

  1. The anthology of winning poems and short stories from the First Annual Chapter One Young Writers Conference Writing Competition is now available on Amazon as a Kindle e-book! And for the next couple weeks, it’s only $0.99! We’re in love with the winning poems and short stories, and we think you will be too. Check the e-book out on Amazon by clicking here. And make sure to purchase it while it’s at this special sale price, only available until the end of July! (If you’d prefer to purchase the anthology in a different e-book form, it will also be available on Nook and iBooks come August.)
  2. 2017 conference session descriptions are available! We’re so excited about what all of our speakers are talking about at Ch1Con this year. You can check out the descriptions by visiting our Schedule page.

— The Ch1Con Team

July Ch1Con Events

O-oh say can you see… the fun Ch1Con online events we have coming your way this month!

Saturday, July 8th 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: http://us20.chatzy.com/12264013236271

Thursday, July 27th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

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

 

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Don’t forget to register for the 2017 conference! You have ONE MONTH LEFT to register before the late rate period begins. Don’t miss out!

Poetry and Short Fiction Contest Results

Hello! We finally have the results for the 2017 Ch1Con poetry and short fiction contest, and here they are:

 

POETRY WINNERS

First place: “A Message in a Bottle” by Zoe Noble

Second place: “Heroes” by Alicia Barr

Third place: “What the Sirens Say” by Annie Louise Twitchell

Honorable mentions: “Telling Them” by Alicia Barr and “Ache” by Annie Louise Twitchell

 

SHORT FICTION WINNERS

First place: “The Art of Acceptance” by Rona Wang

Second place: “Collywobbles” by Haley Crosby

Third place: “Lost and Found” by Zoe Noble

Honorable mentions: “Come Home” by Alicia Barr and “Romana” by Cameron Vanderwerf

 

We are so thrilled about all the entries we received for the contest and encourage everyone who entered to keep submitting work for future contests. And congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions, who will all be published in an e-book anthology that will be available in mid-July. The first through third place winners will also be receiving discounted admission to the conference.

Thank you again to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the young writers whose work will be published in our anthology!

 

2017 Workshop Leader: Booki Vivat!

The Ch1Con team is extraordinarily excited to announce our fifth and final speaker for the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Booki Vivat!

Booki Vivat - photo credit Kamolpat Trangratapit (2)
Photo by Kamolpat Trangratapit

Booki Vivat is the New York Times bestselling author of the Frazzled series. She has been doodling somewhat seriously since 2011 and not-so-seriously since childhood. She grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on Instagram at @bookibookibooki and on Twitter at @thebookiv.

Booki will be leading a workshop (topic TBA!) and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2017.

Find Booki online:

Check out Booki’s books:

We’re thrilled to have our 2017 speaker lineup finalized, and can’t wait to share these fabulous young authors and publishing professionals with you. See you in Chicago in August!!

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– The Ch1Con Team

June Ch1Con Events

It’s June, which means HAPPY SUMMER! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, June 15th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

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

Saturday, June 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: http://us23.chatzy.com/37796686721615

– The Ch1Con Team

May Ch1Con Events

May the Fourth be with you! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, May 11th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

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

Saturday, May 27th 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: http://us23.chatzy.com/32693865293519.

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our writing contest! Winners get e-published (and conference discounts!).

P.P.S. Our spring blog tour is ongoing! Don’t miss out on all the awesome giveaways (including signed books and critiques)!

Ch1Con Blog Tour 2017!

Hey, everybody! We’re thrilled to announce the Ch1Con Blog Tour 2017!

We put together this annual blog tour to share info and fun, behind-the-scenes facts about the Chapter One Young Writers Conference (and to give away some awesome prizes, of course). The 2017 blog tour will kick off on Saturday, April 15 and conclude at the end of May. Follow the tour for guest posts, interviews by the Ch1Con team–and, of course, giveaways of books and critiques!

2017 ch1con blog tour banner

Check out the schedule below:

As always, we welcome you to join the tour! If you have a blog/Tumblr/website/anything else with which you’d like to participate, contact us at chapteroneconference@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the schedule. Pingbacks, reblogs, and sharing are of course 100% welcome as well!

We can’t wait to share the tour with you, and hope to see you in Chicago at Ch1Con 2017!

– The Ch1Con Team