CRAFT First Chapters Contest
2019 CRAFT First Chapters Contest
Guest Judge: Naomi Huffman of MCDxFSG and FSG Originals
In order to carefully consider each entry to this contest while respecting the time of our readers, we’ve had to extend our timeline. We’d anticipated sending the shortlist of finalists to Naomi Huffman by October 15, and announcing the winners by the end of November. We now anticipate having the shortlist to Naomi in early December, with results announced in January, and winning excerpts publishing in February and/or March. Entrants will be updated at each stage, and work that is not advancing will be released as quickly as possible.
Additionally, we’re happy to share we’ve been able to increase the grand prize from $2,000 to $2,500.
We thank you for your understanding, and again for your support.
All entrants will be contacted at each stage. We will have a longlist decided this fall. The shortlist of finalists will be sent to Naomi Huffman, with decisions made and the three winning excerpts publishing this winter.
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 excerpts 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
Naomi Huffman is an editor and digital director at MCDxFSG and FSG Originals. Formerly, she ran the small press Curbside Splendor. In 2014, she established Book Fort, an organization that advocates for public literary spaces and collaborates with the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. Her work has appeared in BookForum, SSENSE, The Creative Independent, Chicago Tribune, Bookslut, Newcity, and elsewhere.
Founded in 2010, The Artful Editor is an editorial agency that helps writers elevate their prose and prepare their manuscripts for agent submission and publication. We offer honest manuscript reviews, developmental editing, copyediting, and one-on-one coaching. Our team is comprised of seasoned book editors, published authors, and former in-house editors, many of whom also edit for major publishing houses and independent presses. We’re based in Los Angeles, California, but work with writers from all over the world and at every stage of their careers. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.