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Amazon, Penguin and HP Partner to Host Writing Competition

Amazon, Penguin and HP Partner to Host Writing Competition, Simon & Schuster and Borders collaborated to run a writing contest that resulted in two well received mystery novels published in September 2007. Currently, the same three companies are running a writing competition for romance novels.

Amazon must have seen the benefit of this and joined with Penguin and Hewlett-Packard to host “Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel” award. The winner will be awarded with a Penguin contract and an advance, $25,000, and a 50″ plasma TV and Digital camera from Hewlett-Packard.’s prize money was only $5,000.00.

Only the first 5000 manuscripts will be considered for this contest and submissions are accepted from October 1 through January 14th. Like the Gathers contest, Amazon readers can rate the semi-finalists with the customers choosing the winning novel in March 2008.

Link for submission here.

Borders First Chapters Contest Results in Two Published Books

Borders First Chapters Contest Results in Two Published Books

Borders and Gather.Com in conjunction with Simon & Schuster held a contest for unpublished authors which began with 2600 contestants and was whittled down to 10 finalists. The winner was Terry Shaw with his entry, The Way Life Should Be. The first runner up, Geoffrey Edwards, was compelling enough to the panel that his book, Fire Bell in the Night, was published too. Both books were released today, September 18.

The contest started in January of 2007 so the road to publication for these authors was somewhat swift (discounting, of course, the years preceding this year when they labored over their craft).

The romance writing contest is taking place now and if we can take anything from the first contest, the group is looking for good writers and are willing to award contracts to those that they perceive are saleable.