Gather.com, in conjunction with Touchstone/Simon & Schuster and Borders Books, is sponsoring a First Chapters writing contest. First prize is $5,000 cash and a publishing contract with Touchstone/Simon & Schuster and promotion by Borders Books. Through Thursday, March 15th, 2007, aspiring novelists have the opportunity to submit their full-length commercial fiction manuscripts for consideration. Over the course of the competition, the first three chapters of entrants' novels will be posted to the First Chapters Group for evaluation & rating by the Gather community and Editorial team. The Gather community and Gather Editorial team will select five finalists through three rounds of voting. One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen for publication by a special panel of judges. It's free to enter. All the details are available at: http://firstchapters.gather.com.
If you don't have a novel ready to enter, they're also looking for readers to help read & rate the submissions.
Awesome contest! I only wish I had something to enter....but maybe next year!