Remember this post? It seems I wasn't the only one who felt the Sobol Awards were a rip and a front. Publishers Weekly reported today that they are extending their deadline for manuscript submissions due to a "sluggish response", even though Simon and Schuster imprint, Fireside, has signed on to publish the top three manuscripts.
While Sobol initially said it would accept up to 50,000 submissions on its Web site (www.sobolaward.com) from September 14 to December 31, the response has been sluggish, so contest organizers have extended the deadline to March 31, 2007. Pollock would not say how many manuscripts Sobol has received so far, but told the AP it was more than 1,000. "It's been very hard to get the word out," she said. "We're all still learning on the job in terms of publicity. The Internet has been more difficult to penetrate than we had hoped."
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