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In May 2011, the publishers of many of the world's most famous authors - including Dan Brown, Terry Pratchett, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer - join to support The Next Big Author: a new initiative which encourages budding authors to write the opening to a novel in May.
World-leading Publishers including The Random House Group, Orion, Bloomsbury, Little Brown and Hodder & Stoughton will read and provide critiques for the top-rated opening chapters written that month. It is free to register and participate.
|The initiative aims to encourage and support new talent towards literary success. To participate, register with TheNextBigAuthor.com above, and submit your completed opening chapters by the end of May to Arts Council funded YouWriteOn.com. Their community will review and rate the submissions during June, with the five highest rated novel openings receiving a free professional critique from the publishers above. View Competition Rules for full participation rules.|