The countdown has begun...
9 days left until the 2010 Golden Heart is closed to entries.
25 days left in NaNoWriMo.
55 days left until 2010!
Today the prize vault is open and we have two lovely prizes. Winners will be announced in the Weekend Edition.
One commenter will win a copy of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing,
and another will win a copy of The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl.
Catch a podcast with the author, Mignon Fogarty here.
Upcoming Contests for Published and Unpublished Writers:
Enchanted Words. The Perfect Pitch.
E-DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 8!!
Final judge is an editor and agent. "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with your submission packet, and send us your query letter, synopsis (up to 7 pages), and the first five pages of your unpublished romance novel.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 an RWA-eligible publisher in the past three years."
Categories and final judges:
Contemporary (includes category length books)
Editor judge: Tracy Bernstein, NAL
Agent judge: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor judge: Leis Pedersen, Berkley
Agent judge: Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Judith Erlich Literary Agency
Editor judge: Margo Lipschultz, HQN/Luna
Agent judge: Alexandra Machinist, Linda Chester and Associates Literary Agency
RWA Golden Heart. Registration ends November 15, CST. You may register online. Manuscripts must be submitted to RWA by December 2. Entry requires a complete manuscript and synopsis. Categories mirror the RITA, Contemporary Series; Contemporary Series Romantic Suspense / Adventure; Contemporary Single Title; Historical; Inspirational; Novel with strong Romantic Elements; Paranormal ; Regency Historical; Romantic Suspense; YA.
The Golden Heart provides no feedback.On March 25, the RWA staff shall send finalists an Official Letter of Notification via two-day delivery.
The top 10 percent of each category’s entries (based on number of qualified entries received), with a limit of eight (nine in case of tie), will advance to the final round, provided the minimum total score for each finalist equals 80 percent of the total possible score.
The Pikes Peak Fiction Writers Contest: The Paul Gillette Awards. E Deadline is November 15. Submit an entire short story, or 1st 15 pp of novel plus synopsis (2-5 pp max) 4,000 word count limit on manuscript pages and a 1,250 word count on synopsis. All short story genres are entered into one category.
Categories and Judges for Novels:
WordServe Literary Group
Donald Maass Literary Agency
Thomas Dunne (St. Martins) Books
Donald Maass Literary Agency
Stefanie Von Borstel
Full Circle Literary Agency
The Write Stuff Contest. E-deadline: December 1, 2009. Entry: The first 20 pages of your manuscript (double spaced) and an optional one page synopsis (single spaced). The synopsis will not be judged. Entries will be limited to the first 85 submissions. Top prize: $100 in each category!
Young Adult: Jennifer Shober, Spencerhill Associates
Historical: Megan Records, Kensingon
Series Contemporary: Victoria Curran, Harlequin
Single Title: Leis Pederson, Berkley
Paranormal: Karen Solem, Spenerhill Associates
Mainstream with Romantic Elements: Holly Blanck, St. Martin's Press
Mystery/Suspense: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
National Reader's Choice Awards. Deadline for receipt of entries and checks: December 1, 2009. The deadline for receipt of books: January 15, 2010. All entries must have
an original copyright date of 2009, or "First US Printing" date of 2009 as evidenced by the copyright page or a letter from the publisher, and must have been available for sale in the United States sometime during 2009.
RITA Awards. Completed entry forms and appropriate fees must be received at the RWA Office no later than 5 p.m. Central Time, December 1, 2009. Books must be received by RWA at 14615 Benfer Road, Houston, Texas 77069 no later than 5 p.m. Central Time, January 4, 2010. Have an original copyright date of 2009 (During the 2010 transitional contest year, those books with BOTH a 2008 original copyright date and a 2009 North American printing date or 2009 first printing date may be entered.) Five copies of the book are required for the preliminary round, and additional five copies for the final round, and an additional five copies if a finalist qualifies for the Best First Book category.
Just For Fun:
Besides their other monthly contests, Writer's Journal has a short story contest, called Write To Win. The deadline for the next one is December 30th and the winner takes home a nice cash prize. The reading fee is $5.00. Maximum 1500 words, and stories must start with the starter phrase, may be dialogue—author's choice. This is a snail mail contest.
The starter phrase is:
As the boot flew across the room...
As you can see, November is a very slow contest month. Now is a good time to start preparing for the 2010 contest circuit.
How are you going to pay for those 2010 contest entries?
Last month I blogged at Missy Tippens F.A.I.T.H blog on how to support your writing habit.
In January 2009, Seekerville featured an entire week devoted to the working writer. Check out:
Sin, Suffer, Cash the Checks by Michael Bracken
The Working Writer by Cindi Myers
Hone Your Craft and Build Your Credits with Magazine Writing by Myra Johnson
A Beginner's Guide to Freelance Blogging by Deb Ng
Writing Romantic Fiction For Woman's World by Tina Russo.
We've also shared in Seekerville on how to organize your writing in the post, Organization for the Organizationally Challenged.
That's it for this month, see you in December.