That's what Tom Gerace, chief executive of Gather.com called the writing contest sponsored by Touchstone books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Alas! If only I had a novel stashed in the bottom drawer of my desk!
Here's the deal. First-time authors can enter for free by submitting a manuscript for a full-length work of fiction. The first chapter of each submission (hence the contest's name) will be posted on Gather.com. Members of the site will vote on the chapters.
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