Sunday, August 05, 2007

First Chapters Romance Writing Competitioin

Here's an interesting contest for all those aspiring unpubbed writers out there. Seems like too good an opportunity to miss!

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Gather is very pleased to announce the next generation of First Chapters: The Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. On August 1, we'll launch this new competition in conjunction with Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books imprint and Borders. This unique opportunity will enable one talented Gather member to win a guaranteed publishing contract, along with a $5000 cash advance!

Here's How It Works:
From August 1 through August 22, aspiring romance writers will have the opportunity to submit a full-length romantic fiction manuscript for consideration. Over the course of the competition, authors will post chapter one of their manuscripts in the First Chapters Romance Group. These chapters will be rated by the Gather community and the Gather Editorial Team, and five finalists will be selected through two rounds of voting. (See our new voting guidelines.) One Grand Prize Winner will then be chosen for publication by a panel of judges. Visit http://romancenovel.gather.com for more details.

So are you an unpublished author who's passionate about getting your romance novel into bookstores? Well, put away your unrequited query letters and enter The Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. For those of you who don’t have a romance novel at the ready, readers are needed, too! In the weeks to come, you can join other romance lovers and writers to help read and rate the entries. Who deserves their big break? YOU can help decide.

If you're not into romance, stay tuned for another First Chapters announcement very soon.

Program Details:

Submission Period: August 1 - August 22, 2007
From August 1 through August 22, romance authors can post the chapter one of their manuscripts in the First Chapters Romance Group, and email their full manuscripts to romancenovel@gatherinc.com.

Round 1 Voting: August 27 - September 18, 2007
Reading and voting on entrants' first chapters officially begins on August 27.
At the end of the Round 1 voting period, 25 writers will advance to the next round of the competition - 15 based on the most '10' ratings from Gather members, and 10 selected by the Gather Editorial Team. Votes cast before August 27 or after September 18 will not be considered. The 25 semifinalists will be announced on September 24.

Round 2: September 24 - October 8, 2007 The 25 remaining novelists will post their second chapters in the First Chapters Romance Group, where the Gather community and Editorial Team will narrow the pool down to five finalists. The five finalists will be announced on October 11.

Round 3: October 11 - October 30, 2007 The judging panel will review the complete manuscripts of the five finalists and select the Grand Prize-winning author.

Grand Prize Winner Announced: October 30, 2007

The Grand Prize Judging Panel:
Maggie Crawford, Editorial Director, Pocket Books
Lauren McKenna, Editor, Pocket Books
Sue Grimshaw, Romance Buyer, Borders Group, Inc.
Tom Gerace, Founder & CEO, Gather.com

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