We are thrilled to announce that Terry Shaw, author of The Way Life Should Be is the Grand Prize Winner of Gather.comâ€™s First Chapters Writing Competition. In addition, in a surprise move, Simon & Schuster has decided to award a second publishing contract to runner-up Geoffrey Edwards, author of Fire Bell in the Night. Congratulations to Terry and Geoffrey for such a tremendous achievement.Â
â€œIt was a pleasant surprise toÂ discoverÂ that the Gather.com community had done their job so well that in the end weÂ decidedÂ to go with a grand prize winnerÂ Â and aÂ runner up,â€Â commented Mark Gompertz, Executive Vice President, Publisher, Touchstone. â€œWe look forward to publishing both of these terrific novels in the fall.â€
As the Grand Prize Winner, Shaw will receive a total of $10,000 â€“ including a $5,000 cash prize from Gather, and a $5,000 advance from Simon & Schuster. Edwards will also receive an advance from Simon & Schuster. Both books will be published this coming September, and will be available for purchase at Borders and other bookstores nationwide. Read the press release for full details.
To help spread the good cheer, we invite you to share your best wishes and congratulations with Terry and Geoffrey. Your Gather username will be included in the published booksâ€™ acknowledgements!
Sign Terry Shawâ€™s Guest Book
Sign Geoffrey Edwardsâ€™ Guest Book
Learn more about the soon-to-be-published authors during these live chats:
Chat with Terry Shaw, author of The Way Life Should Be, tonight at 5pm ET.
Chat with Geoffrey Edwards, author of Fire Bell in the Night, on Friday, June 1 at 2pm ET
Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition and helped make First Chapters a success!