The second contest opportunity comes to us via Miss Snark who reports on the contest here.
This contest is sponsored by social networking site Gather.com in conjunction with publisher Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint.
According to the S&S website, starting in spring 2003, Touchstone and its sister imprint, Fireside, began publishing original trade paperbacks and hardcovers as well as reprints. Touchstone publishes fiction and serious non-fiction books. "Under publisher, Mark Gompertz, deputy publisher Chris Lloreda and editor-in-chief Trish Todd, they publish 125 titles per year."
This contest opened January 10 and is open until March 15th for all aspiring novelists. Entrants will submit the three opening chapters of their commercial fiction novels along with a synopsis. Over several months, the entries will be posted online at Gather.com where 15 entries will be selected by the community at large while another five will be picked by an editorial team.
First prize is a $5,000 advance and a contract with Touchstone. Four other prizes of $500 each will also be awarded to the four runner-ups.
Read more details here.