Looks like the latest trend in publishing, the peer-selected novel, is gathering steam. Gather.com’s second contest, this time for romance novels, has selected not one but TWO winners:
What do a 28-year-old PhD student from the University of Chicago and a 56-year-old horse farmer from rural Michigan have in common? Both of these lucky women will soon have their romance manuscripts published by one of America’s most prestigious publishing houses.
We are pleased to announce that Meredith McGuire, author of The Shadow’s Kiss, is the grand prize winner in our First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. AND, as a testament to the amazing talent of the Gather community, Simon & Schuster has decided to award a second publishing prize to Starr Toth, author of Trust Me.Congratulations to Meredith and Starr on such a tremendous achievement!
Amazon.com’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest has already reached its registration limit–three weeks after it opened (submissions were supposed to continue until Nov. 5 or 5,000 entries had been received, whichever occured first.)
If you’ve missed the deadline for these contests, you can go the more traditional route and enter one of WritersDigest.com’s contests. And if you are contemplating entering a contest soon, be sure to read SFWA’s helpful tip sheet on how to spot a contest scam.
Be sure to check out the other Google Notebook Books & Business updates HERE. Happy Halloween, everyone!