YouWriteOn was launched in January 2006 as an online writing circle to help new writers gain critical feedback on their work and improve their chances of getting published. Each month, YouWriteOn's top ten rated opening chapters receive feedback from professional editors working for major publishing houses.
To participate, writers upload their opening chapters. The chapters are randomly assigned by YouWriteOn to be peer critiqued and rated based on a variety of criteria: character, plot, pace & structure, use of language, narrative voice, dialogue, setting, theme and ideas.
The literary professionals involved with the site who provide feedback for the highest rated opening chapters of youwriteon members each month include editors for Bloomsbury Publishing, Random House and Orion Publishing Group 
Book of the Year Award
At the end of each year, YouWriteOn's literary professionals judge the best opening chapters from the previous twelve months and choose the Book of the Year.
- Overall winner: Guy Saville for The Afrika Reich
- Children’s fiction winner: Justine Windsor for Charlie Squires goes Elsewhere
- Overall winner: Trilby Kent for Smoke Portrait
- Children’s fiction winner: Wai Ian Mo for Tiger-Mouse
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- Children’s fiction winner:
- Overall winner: Charlotte Betts for The Apothecary’s Daughter.
- Children’s fiction winner: Justine Windsor for The Scarlet Heart
- Overall winner: Robbie Smith for The Grower.
- Children’s fiction winner: Annie Oliver for Scarlett and the Soul Thief.
- Overall winner: Graeme Shimmin for A Kill in the Morning
- Children’s fiction winner: Mike Hanson for Jacob Groat & the Ghosts of Warehouse 33
Katherine Webb, author of bestselling novel The Legacy, was discovered on youwriteon.com by publisher Orion after being rated as a Top Ten story on youwriteon by members. The Legacy became an Amazon bestseller and Channel 4 TV Book Club winner.
Book of the Year (2007) finalist Douglas Jackson won a six-figure, two-book deal for his novel The Emperor’s Elephant. It was published, as Caligula, by Transworld Publishers in 2008 and Jackson went on to publish several sequels.
The Bufflehead Sisters by 2nd place runner-up (2007) Patricia Delois was the #1 recommended novel in Maine Sunday Telegram's '10 must reads for Christmas', and was described as 'the most stunning work of imagination published by a Maine author this year'.
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- "YouWriteOn Book of Year 2007". YouWriteOn.
- BBC NEWS | England | Dorset | Dorset writer wins web book award
- "YouWriteOn Book of Year 2010". YouWriteOn.
- "YouWriteOn Book of Year 2011". YouWriteOn.
- "YouWriteOn Book of Year 2012". YouWriteOn.
- "YouWriteOn Book of Year 2013". YouWriteOn.
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- "Books by Douglas Jackson". Douglas Jackson.
- The bookseller: Oct 13 | Review | guardian.co.uk Books
- "The Apothecary's Daughter". Charlotte Betts.
- "A Kill in the Morning to be published by Transworld". Graeme Shimmin.