Another year is about to end. Hard to believe this is the last Contest Update of 2008. I hope you accomplished all your writing goals and were nudged along the way by our posts.
Remember that there are several contests listed in the November Contest Update that do not end until the end of December.
December 31, we will pick the winners of the
2008 Writing Challenge !
You must have submitted 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.
I'm already brainstorming next year's 2009 Writing Challenge!
Now on to Contests:
Published Authors Only!
The end of the year brings lots of published category book contests for books with a copyright date from January 2008 to December 2008.
- The Colorado Award of Excellence:Deadline January 9, 2009.
- The Holt Medallion:Deadline January 10, 2009.
- The Golden Quill:Deadline January 10, 2009.
- The Bookbuyer's Best:Deadline January 10, 2009.
- The Write Touch Reader's Award:Deadline January 12, 2009.
- Bookseller's Best Award: Deadline January 15, 2009.
- Judge a Book by Its Cover: Deadline January 15, 2009.
- The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence: Deadline January 15, 2009.
- Winter Rose Award of Excellence: Deadline January 24, 2009.
Unpublished Author Contests
- 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.
- Marlene Awards:Deadline January 15, 2009 for hardcopy or electronic. Each entry will be read by three judges and scored using a 50 point scale. The lowest score will be dropped. The winner of each category will receive a Marlene Medallion and a detailed critique of her or his submission by a published author. Entry is synopsis and the beginning of the manuscript up to 35 pages total.
Editor: Patience Smith, Silhouette
Author: The Pink Hearts Society (Donna Alward, Jenna Bayley-Burke, Ally Blake, Nicola Marsh, Natasha Oakley, Trish Wylie (winner to receive at least one critique from PHS depending on type of series she or he is targeting)
Editor: Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books)
Author: 2008 Rita winner Kristan Higgins
Editor: May Chen, Avon
Author: 2006 Rita winner and WRW member Diane Gaston
Editor: Tracy Farrell, Luna & HQN
Author: NY Times Bestseller Gena Showalter
Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements
Editor: Jennifer Enderlin, St. Martin’s
Author: American Title III winner and WRW member Jenny Gardiner
Young Adult Editor: Kristin Daly, Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins
Author: 2008 double Rita finalist Kelly Parra
- The Winter Rose Award of Excellence-January 24, 2009 - Deadline for all print and electronic submissions. Enter the opening twenty-five (25) pages of romance novels of all above sub-genres (projected length of at least 50,000 words. Categories include:Contemporary Single Title: Hilary Sares, Kensington
Historical (Includes Regency): May Chen, Harper Collins
Mainstream w/ Romantic Elements: Elaine Spencer, Knight Agency
Paranormal: Leah Hultenschmidt, Dorchester
Romantic Suspense: Esi Sogah, Harper Collins
Series Contemporary: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Young Adult: Allison Brandau, Berkley
- The 2009 San Francisco Writer's Conference Writing Contest. Postmark deadline, January 2, 2009. The Categories:Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction/Memoir, Poetry, Children's Picture Book and Children's Fiction: Submit two copies of a one-page single-spaced synopsis and two copies of the first chapter, double-spaced, up to 2,500 words. See site for poetry rules. Also include a fee of $25.
- Highlights 2009 Fiction Contest. Category: Contemporary world cultures stores. Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. All entries must be postmarked between January 1, 2009 and January 31, 2009. No entry form or fee is required.
Just for Fun:
Do you have a True North story to tell?
What is a True North Story?A true north is that singular passion in life that causes you to leap out of bed in the morning and think, “This is why I’m here.” It can be something that leaves a legacy, empowers others, or simply makes the world a more interesting place to live. It could involve a handful of people or connect entire communities across the globe. While every true north is unique, we believe that each one has the power to inspire millions more.
That's it until New Year's Eve
when we announce the 2008 Writing Challenge Winners.
when we announce the 2008 Writing Challenge Winners.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!