Best Chapters Contest
It’s that time of year when books are forged in the creative fires—something about the fall change inspires us. We want to see all that hard effort rewarded, and we warmly invite you to send us your favorite chapters from your novels!
Roll up your sleeves, write relentlessly, and send us your best this December. We want the chapter that makes us ache for the rest of the book, that makes us desperate to spend more time in the world of your creation!
We’re so excited to read your submissions and to discover all the wonderful books just waiting for their readers.
Submissions are open from October 1, 2021, to December 15, 2021.
Our guest judge will choose three stories from a shortlist.
The 1st Place winner will receive $5,000 and an hour-long consultation with a literary agent.
2nd Place will receive $300 and publication,
3rd place will receive $200 and publication.
- Voyage submissions are open to all writers working in English
- International submissions are allowed
- Submissions must be a chapter of a Young Adult novel (full novel does not need to be completed), and from the point-of-view of a young adult, meaning through the lens of a teen protagonist
- The chapter doesn’t have to be standalone
- 5,000-word count maximum
- We’re open to any genre or style—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- Previously unpublished work only, please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)
Note: To ensure the protection of our volunteer readers, and to keep Voyage a safe space, please let us know in your cover letter if your work can be triggering in any way. This will have no bearing on your submission or a decision—we just want to ensure the best possible environment for our readers. Thank you for your understanding.
About the judge:
Soman Chainani’s debut series, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, has sold more than 3 million copies, been translated into 30 languages across 6 continents, and will be a major motion picture from Netflix in 2022.
Each of the six books in the series — THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, THE LAST EVER AFTER, QUESTS FOR GLORY, A CRYSTAL OF TIME, and ONE TRUE KING — have debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list. Together the books have been on the print and extended lists for 38 weeks.
Soman has recently announced a new book, BEASTS & BEAUTY, coming September 21, 2021 from HarperCollins.
A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Soman began his career as a screenwriter and director, with his films playing at over 150 film festivals around the world. He has been nominated for the Waterstone Prize for Children’s Literature, been named to the Out100, and also received the $100,000 Shasha Grant and the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship, both for debut writers.
Soman’s latest book, BEASTS & BEAUTY, is an instant New York Times Bestseller and will soon be published in 10 languages. It is his seventh New York Times bestseller in a row.
Voyage YA is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Voyage has a zero tolerance policy for any work that is discriminatory or harmful in any way, whether intentional or unintentional. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated and any work that violates our values will be immediately declined. Voyage maintains the right to further ban authors if problematic behavior persists and/or de-platform authors should there be problematic behavior via other platforms. As the landscape of publishing changes, Voyage acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. Systemic racism and structural inequality have been a problem for a long time, and Voyage will actively work to dismantle them. We have joined the global movement to fight for equality and will consciously work to amplify marginalized voices of authors who have been historically underrepresented in publishing.
We urge authors and readers alike to visit some of the resources we have found helpful—and seek out others.
- We Need Diverse Books and their resources page for writers
- Writing with Color
- Lee & Low 2019 Diversity Survey
- Editors of Color Database & Database of Diverse Databases
- Conscious Style Guide
- Black Lives Matter