Jan 08 2007
The Sobol Award, the contest that promised unpublished writers cash, literary representation and publication, has been canceled. Recently, Simon & Schuster had agreed to publish the winners under their Touchstone/Fireside imprint but, according to a statement on the Sobol Web site, an insufficient number of entries caused the contest to close. Sobol will refund the $85 entrance fee and destroy all manuscripts. The closing will leave a full-time staff of four out of work and Sobol founder, entrepreneur Gur Shomron, out more than $1 million. The contest had been criticized by some agents and writers as a glorified reading-fee program because of the $85 entry fee.
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