The Firestarter.

Our annual members' competition for the best first chapter of a work of fiction.

The winning submission gets sent to our literary agents plus a £150 voucher for use against any course or retreat at The Novelry.

The Winner is decided by members’ votes. All members have one vote. It's a first past the post system.

All writers get useful feedback from their fellow novelists on the all-important opening scene.


Read Carefully.

How to enter:

We want to see your very first words, so submit the prologue or the first chapter to no more than 1500 total of the content. Starting a novel is a very tricky thing, God knows we all know that, and we want to see how you've gone about inviting the reader into your world, either hinting at what dangers lie ahead or throwing down the gauntlet! Show us, but submit no more than 1500 words in total. Job done.

Post your work into The Firestarter room at The Novelry Lodge no later than midnight 1st March.

Do not attach Word Documents or others documents. No attachments.

Give your cut and pasted entry in the body of the post with the subject line with your name and the book's title. For example;

Hooray Henry : The Emperor's Last Cauliflower.

The deadline and closing date for submissions and posting of entries is 1st March at midnight.

Then the reading begins! If you entered, you owe it to your comrades to read their work if you'd like them to vote on yours. No need to give detailed feedback but do give a few words of encouragement or raise any questions.

No work is to be altered or amended after 1st March or it will be disqualified. Please feel free to snitch!

All members will be asked to vote by email before midnight 13th March. You'll get a link to an online voting slip and can cast your vote then. All votes will remain confidential. 


The winner will be announced in the Sunday blog to follow. 

Write, revise, rewrite. Rinse and repeat!

Be In It, To Win It.

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“This is a group of writers who are serious about what they do but not about who they are (which means there’s always room for a bit of light hearted banter as well as solid support). I have learnt so much about myself as a writer in the last few months and gained so much in confidence. Cannot praise The Novelry highly enough.” Sally Miller, Scotland.

“That community has been and continues to be my rock, my inspiration, my much-needed giggle on a slow day.” Rashmi Sirdeshpande, London.

Find out Why Our Members Call The Novelry the ‘Best Place on the Internet’.

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