The First Chapters Romance Writing Competition is a first time author’s gateway to publication. One novelist will win a guaranteed publishing contract with Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster! Enter from August 1-22, read and vote starting August 27. is very pleased to announce the next generation of our First Chapters Writing Competition. On August 1, 2007, Gather will launch the First Chapters Romance writing competition in conjunction with Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books imprint and Borders enabling a talented Gather member to win a guaranteed publishing contract along with a $5000 cash advance!

Here’s How It Works: Starting August 1 through August 22, aspiring romance novelists will have the opportunity to submit a full-length romantic fiction manuscript for consideration. Over the course of the competition, authors will post their first two chapters in the First Chapters Romance Group. These chapters will be rated by the Gather community along with the Gather Editorial Team, and five finalists will be selected through two rounds of voting. One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen for publication by a panel of judges.

I’m not entering – I think I used up all my good contest ju-ju with FanLit – but I hope some of you will! Let me know, so I can come around and vote.

2 comments to “Public Service Announcement”

  1. Christina
    · August 1st, 2007 at 1:07 pm · Link

    I for one will not be entering, mainly because I don’t have a complete MS and because I feel I am far from ready to compete seriously against well seasoned writers.

  2. India Carolina
    · August 1st, 2007 at 6:01 pm · Link

    Thanks for posting this Eve. I would love to read if some folks are entering. But don’t think I will be joining them either. The rules say that your manuscript cannot be submitted elsewhere. So that leaves me out. Happily 🙂