2020 Voyage First Chapters Contest

Closed August 16, 2020 

Please Note: This contest is now closed! Thank you to everyone that submitted! Winners have been announced!

1st Place: Abraham Johnson for Trip the Light Fantastic

2nd Place: Ravynn Stringfield for Passage

3rd Place: Grace Shim for The Noh Family

You can visit our announcement page for the names of our finalists and our longlist

Voyage wants to see those first chapters of your Young Adult novels! One of the most difficult challenges in writing a book is getting that first chapter just right—and we’re aiming to challenge you. Can you write a first chapter that captivates your audience enough to make them want to keep reading? If the answer is yes, then send it to us.

The 1st Place winner will receive $3000 and an hour-long consultation with Literary Agent, Eric Smith of P.S Literary Agency. 

2nd Place will receive $300 and publication, and 3rd place $200 and publication.

All finalists will also receive written feedback from one of our partner Literary Agents, either Leah Pierre or Thao Le.


  • Voyage submissions are open to all writers working in English
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Submissions must be the first chapter of a Young Adult novel (full novel does not need to be completed), and from the point-of-view of a young adult
  • The chapter doesn’t have to be standalone
  • 5,000-word count maximum
  • We’re open to any genre or style you can throw at us—just send us the best you’ve got
  • Previously unpublished work only please
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine—just notify and withdraw your entry if it’s picked up by someone else
  • $20 reading fee per entry
  • Multiple submissions are okay—please submit each as a separate submission
  • Every entry will be considered for our regular publications as well
  • Please: 1) double space; 2) use Times New Roman 12 pt font; 3) have 1-inch margins, and 4) put your last name and the page number in the top right-hand corner
  • Tell us in a brief cover letter your publication history (if applicable, no worries if not)

Voyage accepts submissions year-round and published pieces can be found on our website, accessible to everyone for free.