Sunday, February 22, 2009

Seekerville Weekend Edition Part 2

Today's weekend edition issue is all about contests and writing opportunities, because there is so much going on out there we can't wait for the next Seekerville Contest Update--which is scheduled for March 6.

Congratulations to Debby Giusti, Countdown to Death received the 2008 CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award.

"CataNetwork reviewers are honored to announce the prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Awards for the year 2008. Of the hundreds of outstanding books that we review each year, it is hard to narrow it down to just a few and there is much agonizing over each decision. We believe each author should receive an award for the creative work they put in to their books."

Do you feel lucky?

Valley Forge Romance Writers
The 2nd Annual VFRW Writers’ Rafflemania
to benefit the Sheila A. Conway Memorial Fund

The Prize: $ 1,500.00 Check

To Defray Your Costs For…
2009 RWA National Conference Fee
(Held In Washington, DC,
July 15-18, 2009)
4 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Roundtrip Airfare To Washington, DC

  • Raffle tickets cost $5.00 each or three (3) for $10.00.
  • Grand Prize drawn on March 27, 2009.
  • Raffle tickets to go on sale during Moonlight Madness at the RWA National Conference in San Francisco, CA on July 31, 2008.
  • All entries must be postmarked by February 28, 2009 and received by March 13, 2009.
  • Checks received after March 13, 2009 will be returned.
  • Prize is non-transferable.

Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Rafflemania Complete Rules:

The Prize: Winner will receive a check in the amount of $1,500.00 to be used for one 2009 RWA National conference registration fee, one single room, including tax, single room rate for July 15 through 18, 2009 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, the conference location, and one round trip coach class airfare. Winner is responsible for making their own reservations and itinerary. The total amount awarded will be $1,500.00 regardless of total cost to winner for conference registration, hotel and flights. No amount over $1,500.00 will be reimbursed and any extra monies due are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prize package is non-transferable for any reason and non-refundable.

The 2009 ACFW Genesis is coming--oops, it's here!

Categories include:

• Contemporary Romance (includes romantic comedy)

• Historical Romance

• Romantic Suspense

• Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Allegory

• Historical Fiction (not romance)

• Young Adult

• Contemporary Fiction

• Women’s Fiction

• Suspense/Thriller/Mystery

This is an all e-mail contest.

Up to 100 entries per category will be accepted. Previous Noble Theme and Genesis entries (except for category winning entries and FaithWords Finalist entries) are eligible. All contest entries and contest fees must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 31st, 2009. If any entry and/or fees are received after March 31st, 2009, entrant will be notified of disqualification and fees will be returned.

The entrant must submit the first 15 pages of their manuscript, double-spaced, and an optional one-page single-spaced synopsis.

The manuscript and the synopsis must be in the same file, not in two different files.

The entrant may enter 15 manuscript pages (not including synopsis) even if this is more than the first chapter. Entrants must fill out one entry form for each manuscript they enter.

Camy Tang, (category contest coordinator)

will be posting on the Genesis and will answer your questions about the contest,here in Seekerville, on Friday, March 13.

Short Story News From Publisher's Weekly:

Harper Perennial Tests Content Giveaway

By Lynn Andrinai -- Publishers Weekly, 2/19/2009 2:37:00 PM

With six new short story collections on its summer and fall lists, Harper Perennial has decided to celebrate the form. Its 2009: Summer of the Short Story campaign will officially launch in May, but it got an early—albeit quiet—start in January with a new blog, Fifty-Two Stories. The house announced yesterday that each week in 2009 it is posting a new short story. Some are new stories from Harper Perennial’s original collections or from upcoming hardcovers; some are original contributions never before published anywhere; and some are backlist classics. The publisher is also accepting submissions for new stories from readers, professional or amateur, published or not.

Read the rest of the story here.

Finally, thanks to Patty Wysong for coming up with the idea for this post.

Hold on to your contest entry fees:

Pimp Your Contest Entry,

is coming to Seekerville, March 20, 2009.


  1. Boy-oh-boy! March is gonna be a great month here!! I have the 20th marked on my calendar--but I'm pretty sure the credit for that phrase goes to someone else.

  2. LOL, well, in our hearts it will always be yours, Patty.

    Oh we have some more surprises coming too, just firming up the stick around.