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Below are the rules for The Next Big Author.com competition.

1) The opening chapters you write in May 2011 can be of any novel genre, between 5,000 to 7,000 words. They must be new chapters i.e. not of a previously published work. You retain the copyright to your creative work at all times when using the site.

2) Once you have written your opening chapters in May, you should upload them between 17th May and 31st May 2011 to Arts Council funded youwriteon.com, which is acting in collaboration with The Next Big Author event. Join the youwriteon.com site, and the site will take entrants through the steps to upload opening chapters on site in an automated process, including entering story title, synopsis and pasting opening chapters online. Allow good time before the end of 31st May to upload your chapters to youwriteon.com.

3) During June 2011, you should then exchange reviews on youwriteon.com by reviewing and rating fellow members opening chapters. For every review completed, your novel opening will be randomly assigned for review and rating by another member of the site in exchange. Entrants require a minimum of 4 reviews and ratings during June 2011 to enter the youwriteon.com chart. On the 1st July 2011, the five highest rated entrants from chapters uploaded between 17th May 2011 and 31st May 2011, as rated by youwriteon members, will be announced by The Next Big Author.com. Winners will receive one critique each: either from Random House, Bloomsbury, Orion, Little Brown or Hodder & Stoughton. The critiques will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for their Publishing House editors to complete.

4) The Next Big Author will assess the highest rated chapters on youwriteon from those uploaded in May 2011 which meet the criteria above for The Next Big Author event. In the event of a tie for any of the top 5 places for The Next Big Author event, the organizers will randomly draw from those that tie to decide the final 5 winners. Participants accept by participating that the results as announced by The Next Big Author organizers on TheNextBigAuthor.com on 1st July 2011 is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

We wish all entrants every success!

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