The Submission Period Has Begun in the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition

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Attention aspiring romance authors – the submission period has officially begun in the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition, where one lucky unpublished author will receive a guaranteed publishing contract with Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster and a $5000 cash advance!

Beginning today, August 1, you can publish the first chapter of your romance novel to the First Chapters Romance group, and email your full-length manuscript to For complete information on eligibility, as well as how to properly submit your entry, please review our Official Rules.

The deadline for submissions is August 22, so dust off that manuscript and enter today. And don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to come and vote for your chapter beginning on August 27!

Competition 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

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,

For More Information, Read Our:
Competition Announcement
Eligibility & Submission Guidelines
Voting Guidelines
Official Rules & Regulations
Competition Frequently Asked Questions

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Hi everyone! I am a twentysomething (soon to be thirtysomething... :o) Bostonian who loves to read, write, and spend time with friends and family.

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