Friday, November 7, 2008

November Contest Update: The End is Near!!

December 31st is fast approaching and it marks the end of the 2008 Contest Challenge

Congrats to Melanie who won the first challenge and Godiva chocolate; congrats to Margay who won the second challenge and $50 dollars cash.

Who will win the third challenge, to be drawn by the published Seekers? All unpubbed Seekers (except myself) and our guests and visitors who are unpublished are eligible.

Simply submit a complete (not a partial) manuscript to an editor or agent in 2008, send me proof, and you will be entered in a random drawing for one of two prizes: a box of Godiva chocolate or $50 to off-set your writing expenses for the year. One entry per unique manuscript submitted to an editor or agent. There will be two winners.

Proof is a forwarded email, an email with the attachment cover letter, or any other evidence you can email me like a scanned document or scanned copy of your postal receipt from mailing.

Now on to Contest Updates!

If you have not entered the 2009 Golden Heart then I assume it's because you don't have a completed novel ready to submit. If this is the case I'd like to refer you back to Deadline Dementia.The deadline for entering the 2009 GH (November 17) and the 2009 Rita (December 1) is soon approaching. Note the entry date is not the date you must have your manuscript or books to the RWA offices. Check out the RWA site for details. Remember that when the contests max out they will be closed to entries.

RWA Contests:

Remember to check the October Contest Update for more November contests.

  • Enchanted Words. The Perfect Pitch 2008, all electronic entries. Deadline has been extended to November 8th. Enchant us with your submission packet, and send us your query letter, synopsis (up to 7 pages), and the first five pages of your unpublished romance novel. Published authors may enter, provided they have not had a book published by a non-vanity/non-subsidy publisher in the past three years. Categories, historical, contemporary and paranormal. Finalists will be notified in February, 2009. Winners will be announced in April, 2009. Judges are now up on the website:
    Contemporary (includes category length books) - judged by Katie Gilligan, St. Martin's Press
    Historical - judged by Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
    Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi/Time Travel - judged by Margo Lipschultz, Harlequin HQN/Luna

  • NTRWA’s Great Expectations 2009 Contest. This is a query letter/ first 25 pages contest. Note this contest has an entry date and a mail in date. Please complete the on-line entry form and submit electronically by December 27, 2008. Emailed entries should be received by the category coordinator by midnight CST on Saturday, January 3, 2009. Mailed entries should be mailed in time to be received by Saturday, January 3, 2009. All finalists will have the opportunity to update their entry for the final round of judging. Cash prices for first, second and third places: $50, $30 & $15. Open to both RWA® members and non RWA® members. Check out the category score sheets: Category: Contemporary Series -Category:Erotic Romance -Category:Historical -Category: Inspirational -Category: Mainstream with Romantic Elements -Category:Romantic Suspense -Category: Single Title -Category: Specialized (Futuristic/Fantasy/TimeTravel/Paranormal)-Category: Young Adult
Be sure to check out the awesome line-up of judges for this contest!!!

NON RWA Contests:

  • Suspense Magazine First Annual Writing Contest. All entries must be in the suspense/mystery/thriller genre. Writers retain all rights. Awards: Winner will receive 12 Bestselling Books (many or all of them autographed by the authors). Second and Third places will receive gift cards. No entry fee. Deadline: December 31, 2008. This is an electronic contest. All stories must be at least 1500 words and no more than 5000 words.

  • Delacorte Yearling Contest for a First Middle Grade Novel.The prize of a book contract (on the Publisher’s standard form) for a hardcover and a paperback edition, including an advance and royalties, will be awarded annually to encourage the writing of contemporary or historical fiction set in North America, for readers age 9–12. The award consists of $1,500 in cash and a $7,500 advance against royalties. Manuscripts must be postmarked after April 1, 2008, but no later than June 30, 2008.

  • Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel.The prize of a book contract (on the publisher’s standard form) covering world rights for a hardcover and a paperback edition, including an advance and royalties, will be awarded annually to encourage the writing of contemporary young adult fiction. The award consists of $1,500 in cash and a $7,500 advance against royalties. Manuscripts must be postmarked after October 1, 2008, but no later than December 31, 2008.

  • Bantam Spectra Unpublished author contest Presenting a new short fiction contest for unpublished writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.For its third edition of Spectra Pulse, Bantam Spectra is allowing unpublished writers to get their work featured alongside some of the most well-respected names in science fiction and fantasy. One lucky winner will receive $100 and have his/her story published in the Summer 2009 issue of Spectra Pulse, Bantam Spectra’s exclusive magazine distributed at Comic-Con San Diego and select conventions and bookstores (available July 2009). Deadline 1-31-09.

Just For Fun:

And if you aren't ready quite ready to submit your romance manuscript in contests, here are a few not ready for prime time contests to prepare your entry into the contest world!

  • Napa Valley Holiday Contest! Make your holiday even more memorable with a 3-day, 2-night trip for two to Napa Valley, lodging in the beautiful guest house of Markham Vineyards and having dinner at Rutherford Hill Winery prepared by Chef Colin Crowley. When you think of Napa Valley, what comes to mind? Is it meals you’ve shared, wine you’ve tasted, the beautiful scenery of the vineyards? Tell us, in 200 words or less, what Napa means to you and describe your ideal wine country getaway. Ends December 31.

  • Smucker's and Jif "Feed Your Need To Read" Contest begins on 08/24/08 and ends on 11/30/08. Create an original essay describing why you want to feed your family's need to read. Essay must be in English and must be 200 words or less. Six Grand Prizes: a selection of Scholastic® books up to $3,000.00 in retail value, as selected by winner, subject to availability. Sponsor will also donate a selection of Scholastic® books with a retail value of $3,000.00 to your local school.


  1. Good morning Seekerville.

    Friday, Friday. Friday is my favorite day. We have muffins and java on the counter. Today is in and out Friday.

    Remember we have an RSS subscribe feed at the top right hand side bar of Seekerville, so you won't miss a single post.

  2. The Silicon Valley RWA chapter's Gotcha! Contest is in need of entries. Deadline is November 12. Here are the
    Inspirational--COULD BE CANCELED--Emily Rodmell, Steeplehill
    Historical (before 1945)--Hilary Sares, Kensington
    Regency Historical (sweet to spicy)--COULD BE CANCELED--Hilary Sares,
    Long Contemporary--Keyren Gerlach, HQN
    Short Contemporary--COULD BE CANCELED--Susan Litman, Silhouette

  3. I guess you might want the link.
    details, rules, entry form & sample score sheet available at:

  4. Thanks for the update, Tina!
    Muffins are sublime!

    Melanie, will pass the word that Gotcha is in need of entries.


  5. Yikes, November 12! I'll see what I can do, Melanie, but I think that means I have to have an entry by . . . tomorrow??


    Thanks for the contest update, Tina. Always a great way to see what's happening : )

  6. Oooh, thanks Tina, for the updated list of contests. I see one that I might tackle. There's a $$$ prize.


    Friday is my favorite day, because it comes right before Saturday, which is really my more favorite day, which comes before Sunday, which is my most favorite day.

    We won't talk about Monday. Poor Monday. It gets a bad rap, doesn't it? Maybe we need a pick-me-up Monday post. My ten favorite things about Monday.


  7. Thanks Mel. We also mentioned the Gotcha in the October update. They have a stellar juding lineup.

  8. Come on gals. Let's storm the Gotcha Inspy category. We can do it.

  9. More Gotcha info:

    Gotcha! All electronic. Received by November 12, 2008, 5:00 p.m. PST. Entries open October 1, 2008. First 15 manuscript pages. Top 4 winners in each category are sent to an editor. Winners have 2 weeks to revise the 15-page entry prior to editorial review. Lowest score is dropped and 3 highest determine final score.

    Categories and judges:
    Short Series Contemporary:
    Susan Litman, Silhouette
    Long Series Contemporary:
    Keyren Gerlach, HQN Books
    Mainstream Contemporary:
    Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
    Single Title Mystery/Romantic Suspense:
    Christopher Keeslar, Dorchester
    Series Mystery/Romantic Suspense:
    Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue
    Historical (Before 1945):
    Hilary Sares, Kensington
    Regency Historical/Sweet to Spicy:
    Hilary Sares, Kensington
    Paranormal (Specialty/Time Travel/Fantasy):
    Jessica Wade, Berkley/Jove
    Emily Rodmell, Steeple Hill

  10. Thanks, Tina, for running our Seekerville contests and keeping us updated on writing contests across the country! You're fantastic!!!

  11. Thanks, Debby. Hey we've already had entrants into the final quarter of the 2008 Challenge. So get yours to me by December 31 (send to Tina at Tina Russo dot com)

  12. I'm late checking in but need to tell you about some yummy creamer to go with the coffee (decaff this time of night!). It's Coffeemate in a new, amazing flavor: Caramel Apple! I wasn't so sure I'd like the apple part, but it is sooo good!

    Thanks for the update, Tina!!


  13. Have you mentioned this one, Tina? The new editor for Love Inspired Historicals is the judge for the Inspy category.

    2009 Linda Howard Award of Excellence

    Sponsor: Southern Magic, Inc.
    Fee: $25 - $30
    Postmark/Electronic deadline: Saturday, November 22, 2008
    Eligibility: not published in novel-length fiction in category entered in
    last 5 years
    Entry: First 25 pages of manuscript

    Categories/Final Judges:

    Contemporary series romance (Long & Short) – Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin
    Single title – Selina McLemore, Editor, Grand Central Publishers
    Historical – Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Dorchester
    Romantic Suspense – Megan McKeever, Associate Editor, Pocket Books
    Unique Genre (Fantasy, Future, Time Travel & Paranormal) – Melissa Singer,
    Editor, Tor
    Romantic Sensual and Sizzling (Erotica) – Raelene Gorlinsky, Editor, Ellora’
    s Cave
    Inspirational – Tina Colombo, Editor, Steeple Hill
    Young Adult – Jennifer Heddle, Editor, MTV Books

    Top Prizes: First place will receive $25, a metal bookmark with name,
    contest and year. Second to fifth place will receive a certificate. First to
    fourth place will have their names printed in the RWR

    For more information, rules and entry form, please visit our website at

  14. Yes I have. The October Update link mentions it. This is another really good one.