Borders Group, Inc. is offering its more than 30,000 employees nationwide the opportunity to become a published author under the company's exclusive and proprietary publishing program. Borders Group is holding a fiction writing contest open to all employees in Borders and Waldenbooks stores, the distribution centers and the company's corporate office. Employee authors are eligible to submit manuscripts appealing to readers in any of the fiction categories. At least one employee whose title is selected as the winner by a panel of judges at the corporate office will be awarded a book deal including the full support of Borders merchandising and marketing arsenal. This includes being featured in the Borders "Shortlist," an e-mail promotion for Borders Rewards(R) members, which now number more than 19.5 million. Employees have until January 31, 2008 to submit manuscripts.
Borders' first exclusive and proprietary novel, "Slip & Fall" by Nick Santora, was released in June and has since reached bestseller lists at "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Boston Globe," and was named as a top summer read by "USA Today." Future titles under Borders' exclusive and proprietary publishing program include a 50th Anniversary of the GRAMMY Awards book and a John Legend Tour book.