June 2015

The Parable Group & Westbow Press Announce Top 10 Writing Contest Finalists

Aspiring Authors Winners

The Parable Group, a leading retail and marketing services provider, and WestBow Press, the self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, announced the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspiring Authors Writing Contest on Sunday, June 28th, during The Parable Group All Partner Store Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando before the International Christian Retail Show.

“We are very pleased with the quality of the finalists for this year’s Aspiring Authors Writing Contest,” said Pete Nikolai, Publisher of WestBow Press and Director of Publishing Services for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “The reach of The Parable Group and their partner stores provided a great opportunity for hundreds of writers to make their dream come true. We’re looking forward to publishing and distributing the winner.”

The Aspiring Authors Writing Contest received ample attention, garnering hundreds of hopeful author participants from all over the country. Nearly every registered store had participating writers. The complete list of the 10 finalists and book titles can be found at

The grand prize-winning book of the Aspiring Authors Writing Contest will be self-published through WestBow Press and reviewed for possible traditional publication by Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. Additionally, upon publication, the grand prize winner will receive a free marketing package from The Parable Group to promote the prize-winning book in catalogs and in bookstores across the nation.

The Aspiring Authors Writing Contest was open to authors who were at least 18 years of age and had written an unpublished manuscript.
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