Happy New Year!
Three Seekers sold last year thanks to contests...
Glynna Kaye, Ruth Logan Herne, and Cara Lynn James.
So what's your excuse?
In Seekerville we always do our best to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. The prize vault is open and one New Year's Day poster will receive a lovely necklace mailed to your home from Unpubbed Island, via the artisans at ETSY.COM. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.
Time to resolve to enter a contest this year!
Marlene Awards:Deadline January 15, 2010. All entries must be paid by PayPal and submitted electronically. 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.
Single Title Contemporary Romance
Final Editor Judge: Alicia Condon, Dorchester
Critique Author: Elise Chidley (www.elisechidley.com), 2009 Rita finalist for Single Title and Best First Book
Series Contemporary Romance (long and short)
Final Editor Judge: Patience Smith, Harlequin/Silhouette
Critique Author: Dana Marton (www.danamarton.com), 2009 Rita nominee for Best Contemporary Series--Suspense/Adventure
Final Editor Judge: Jen Enderlin, St. Martin’s
Critique Author: Diane Gaston (www.dianegaston.com), 2006 Rita winner for Best Regency Romance
Final Editor Judge: Katherine Pelz, Berkley
Critique Author: Gwyn Cready (www.cready.com), 2009 Rita winner for Best Paranormal Romance
Final Editor Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: Lani Diane Rich (www.lanidianerich.com)
Final Editor Judge: Emilia Rhodes, Simon Pulse
Critique Author: Carrie Jones (www.carriejonesbooks.com)
(VINCE AND TINA ARE ENTERING THE MARLENE!!)
Yellow Rose Award for Excellence Unpublished: Deadline for all print and electronic submissions is January 23, 2010. Entries shall consist of four (4) print copies and one (1) electronic copy of the first 25 pages of the novel. A prologue and/or second chapter may be included if within total page guidelines. Yellow Rose RWA reserves the right to limit entries to the first seventy-five (75) manuscripts received in each category.
Contemporary Single Title: Theresa Stevens, Red Sage
Historical (includes Regency): Alicia Condon, Dorchester
Mainstream: Danielle Poisez, Pocket Books
Paranormal: Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Judith Ehrlich Literary
Romantic Suspense: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Series Contemporary: Victoria Curran, Harlequin
Young Adult: Melissa Frain, TOR
2010 Grand Prize (Agent Read):Scott Eagan, Grayhaus Literary Agency
Fire and Ice: Deadline February 1st. Entry consists of the first 25 pages. This is an electronic contest.
Single Title Final Judge: Emily Ohanjanians, Harlequin
Series Romance Final Judge: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency
Historical Romance Final Judge: Amanda Bergeron, Avon
Women's Fiction w/Romantic Elements Final Judge: Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing
Paranormal Romance Final Judge: Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary Agency
Young Adult Final Judge: Katherine Pelz, Berkley
Merritt: Opens January first. The deadline for submission is midnight, February 14, 2010. The entry is 25 pages total, including a maximum 5-page synopsis.
Mainstream w/Romantic Elements – Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Romantic Suspense – Katherine Pelz, Berkley
Contemporary Series – Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin
Paranormal – Selena James, Kensington
Historical – Meredith Giordan, Berkley
Inspirational— Melissa Endlich, Steeple Hill
The 2102 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense opens to entries January 15 and closes March 15. Entry consists of first 5,000 words (approx. 15 pages) and synopsis. This is an electronic contest. Note that there are category entry caps.
Category (Series) Romantic Mystery /Suspense
Patience Smith, Silhouette Intimate Moments & Michelle Grajkowski, Three
Seas Literary Agency
Historical Romantic Mystery /Suspense
Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing & Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary
Inspirational Romantic Mystery /Suspense
Caleb Sjogren, Tyndale House Publishers & Steve Laube Agency
Paranormal (PTTF) Romantic Mystery /Suspense
Heather Osborn, Tor/Forge & Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management
Single Title Romantic Mystery /Suspense
Margaret Marbury, MIRA/HQN & Stephanie Maclean, Trident Media Group
Mainstream Mystery /Suspense
Toni Plummer, St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne & Stacia Decker, Donald Maass
Contests for books with a copyright date from January 2009 to December 2009.
The Colorado Award of Excellence:Deadline January 8, 2010
The Holt Medallion:Deadline is not posted yet. (Due to unforeseen circumstances, the HOLT Medallion Contest is running behind schedule this year. VRW hopes to have the rules and entry form posted on the web site as soon as possible. When the contest opens for entries, notice will be posted on the RWA loops.)
The Write Touch Reader's Award:Deadline January 9, 2010
The Golden Quill:Deadline January 10, 2010
Reader's Choice Bean Pot Award: Deadline January 11, 2010
Reader's Choice Bean Pot Award: Deadline January 11, 2010
Bookseller's Best Award: Deadline January 15, 2010
Judge a Book by Its Cover: Deadline January 15, 2010
The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence: Deadline January 15, 2010
Winter Rose Award of Excellence: Deadline January 23, 2010
Other Contests and Just For Fun:
Deadline is February 28th for the...Wow! Women on Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest.
Word Count:Maximum: 750, Minimum: 250 OPEN PROMPT! That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.
Any style and genre. From horror to romance! So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.Entries limited to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. The winner not only gets cash and goodies but an agent read! The guest agent judge is Elise Capron with the Sandra Dijkstra Agency.
Jennifer Hudson - This Is Love: Ultimate Valentine's Day Contest!
To celebrate the release of Jennifer's second single 'If This Isn't Love,' Bossip.com and JenniferHudsonOnline.com are teaming up to give one lucky couple the ultimate Valentine's Day date. Whether you've found that special someone, or are looking to impress somebody this Valentine's Day, MAKE AN IMPRESSION THIS VALENTINE'S DAY, ON US!
HOW TO ENTER:
Record a video, write a message or call 312-488-1904
Tell us why you deserve a chance to win the Ultimate Valentine's Day date. How did you fall in love? Is there someone you’re looking to impress this Valentine's day?
Tell us about it! Contest begins January 16 and ends February 98
That's it until February! Keep writing.
Please note the rules for giveaways in the right-hand column. If you have not received a December giveaway yet, it is on its way. Since we here in Seekerville do not have a death wish, we avoid post offices until after the holidays.