Be brave and enter a contest. You can do it!
And here's the Cowardly Lion song for Pepper!
As we wait for the 2010 RWA RITA and Golden Heart results to be announced on March 25th, it's time to prepare for a busy month of contests.
First, stop over at Chocolate Reality for a short and sweet contest to gauge your opening hook. Several Seekers are judging and it's free. Contest ends Saturday night, March 6th. What do you have to lose?
Today the prize vault is open and were giving away a little souvenir from Unpubbed Island to inspire you on your journey. One commenter today will receive a necklace created by Danikamon over at Etsy.com.
Romance Through the Ages Contest. Deadline extended to March 8. Participation is open to both published and unpublished authors. Electronic submissions only. The contest entry shall consist of ONE (1) copy of the opening of the manuscript (including any prologue) not to exceed 30 pages. The contest entry shall also include a 1-2 page unjudged synopsis. Unjudged synopsis may be single or double-spaced.
Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Georgian/Regency/Victorian: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Agency
Colonial/Western/Civil War: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Post-Victorian-World War 2: Laurie M. Rausch, Samhain Publishing
Time Travel/Paranormal: Alicia Condon, KensingtonHistorical Erotic: Audrey LaFehr, Kensington Books
Legend Award: Esi Sogah, Morrow/Avon Books
The Duel on the Delta: Entries must be received via e-mail by March 15, 2010 at Midnight CST. Contest entry includes the first fifteen (15) pages. You may include an optional one-page, single-spaced synopsis. The synopsis will not be judged, but may be used as a reference to answer questions that arise during judging. Romantic Suspense - Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc.
Categories and Final Judges:
Contemporary - J.L. Stermer, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Paranormal - Laurie Rauch, Samhain Publishing
Historical - Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press
Young Adult - Danielle Rose Poisez, Gallery/Pocket Books
Inspirational - Ami McConnell, Thomas Nelson
Mainstream - Angela James, Carina Press
The Daphne du Maurier Award: The 2010 contest is now open for entries. This is an all electronic contest. The contest is open to any writer who has never been contracted in book-length fiction (40,000 words or more) from any publisher. Any manuscript that has previously finaled in the Daphne including honorable mentions is not eligible for entry again.
There is no limit to the number of entries per author, but each entry may be entered in ONLY ONE category. Membership in Romance Writers of America ® and/or MRSRWA is not a requirement for entry. Contest entries will no longer be accepted after midnight, 3/15/2010 Mountain time. Entry includes the first chapter (5,000 words) and synopsis (675 words). No more than 27 pages total.
Final Round Judges have agreed to judge on the first fifteen pages (15 pages) of the entry. The additional ten pages are for final round judges who wish to continue reading.
Categories & Final Round Judges
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 & Kevin Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
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 (Romance Optional)
Toni Plummer, St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne & Stacia Decker, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Spring Into Romance. Deadline March 19. One of the few non electronic contests. Entry consists of the first 25 pages.
Contemporary Series/Category Romance: Jenny Hutton, Mills & Boon
Contemporary Single Title Romance: Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing Group
Suspense/Adventure Romance: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Novel w/Strong Romantic Elements/Mainstream: Adam Wilson, MIRA Books
Historical Romance: TBA
Paranormal Romance: Megan Records, Kensington
Young Adult Romance: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Touch of Magic. Deadline for this all electronic contest is March 20. Touch of Magic has lowered their entry fees!! First twenty-five pages and a synopsis of no great than three pages. Some of the categories and rules have also changed, so read carefully. Categories include: Romantic Suspense -Young Adult -Historical -Paranormal -NSRE -Erotic Romance -Short Contemporary- Single Title . Judges not listed.
ACFW Genesis Contest is now open to entries! Deadline for this all electronic contest is March 31st, 8:00 am PST. The 2010 ACFW Genesis Contest is open to ACFW members unpublished in adult or young adult fiction in the last seven years. The entrant must submit the first 15 pages of their manuscript, double-spaced, and may include an optional one-page single-spaced synopsis. The manuscript and the synopsis must be in the same file, not in two different files.
Categories and Final Judges:
Contemporary Fiction: Beth Adams (editor, Guideposts), Stephanie Broene (editor, Tyndale), Barbara Scott (editor, Abingdon Press)
Contemporary Romance: Melissa Endlich (editor, Steeple Hill), Ami McConnell (editor, Thomas Nelson), JoAnne Simmons (editor, Barbour)
Historical Fiction: Janet Grant (agent, Books and Such Literary), Sarah Long (editor, Bethany House), Tamela Hancock Murray (agent, Hartline Literary)
Historical Romance: Natalie Hanemann (editor, Thomas Nelson), Charlene Patterson (editor, Bethany House), Emily Rodmell (editor, Steeple Hill)
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Sandra Bishop (agent, MacGregor Literary), Susan Brower (editor, Zondervan), Jan Stob (editor, Tyndale)
Romantic Suspense: Susan Downs (editor, Summerside Press), Tina James (editor, Steeple Hill), David Long (editor, Bethany House)
Speculative Fiction: Jeff Gerke (publisher, Marcher Lord Press), Julie Gwinn (Fiction Marketing Manager, B&H), Annie Tipton (editor, Barbour)
Women's Fiction: Rachelle Gardner (agent, Wordserve Literary), Natasha Kern (agent, Natasha Kern Literary), Raela Schoenherr (editor, Bethany House)
Young Adult: Jacque Alberta (editor, Zonderkidz), Terry Burns (agent, Hartline Literary), Rachel Zurakowski (agent, Books and Such Literary)
The Golden Acorn. Electronic only contest. You may reserve your spot via Paypal and then have up to March 31 to send you entry in. Entry consists of the first 20 pages of your work and 1 synopsis up to 5 pages double spaced. The synopsis will not be judged.
Contemporary Series Romance: Lucy Gilmour, Harlequin
Contemporary Single Title: Shauna Summers, Random House
Paranormal: Megan Records, Kensington
Historical: Sally Williamson, Harlequin
Touched By Love. An inspirational romance contest. Deadline April 1st. Categories: Short Contemporary (under 75, 000 words), Long Contemporary (over 75,000 words) and Historical. An entry consists of up to the first 30 pages of an unpublished manuscript and an unjudged synopsis (no more than two pages double-spaced). Finalists will receive the opportunity to have their entry judged by five published inspirational authors. The winner will be announced at the 2010 RWA National Conference. There will be three finalists in the three categories. There will be a winner in each category and an overall winner from the three categories.
27th Annual Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers. Limited to the first 150 entries. Deadline is April 10. Submit synopsis and manuscript up to 55 pages total. Electronic Entry for Non U.S. Resident RWA Members only.This contest offers three in-depth critiques by published authors. The Top 10 finalists are judged by Editors.The contest is open to any writer meeting the following criteria: Must be a member in good standing of RWA National-Has not published or been contracted in book length fiction in the last five years-The entry must have a projected minimum length of 50,000 words.The categories are:Contemporary Category Romance, Historical, Inspirational,Mainstream w/Romantic Elements,Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy,Romantic Suspense, Single Title Romance (over 70,000 words),Erotic Romance. Finalist judges not listed. (Read the rules carefully for this contest. Orange Rose finalists are chosen by overall score NOT by category.)
The 26th Annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest. Contest opens April 1 and the deadline is June 1. Submission is the first twenty pages and a synopsis. Categories include: romance, mystery, speculative fiction, action/thriller and mainstream fiction. Five category winners receive a $100 dollar prize. Final judge is an acquiring agent or editor. Check out the website for a contest instruction video!
2010 Daphne Du Maurier Award, Published. The contest is open to those published in book-length fiction. There is no limit to the number of entries per author or per category, but each book may only be entered in one category and must have a 2008 copyright. Membership in Romance Writers of America and/or MRSRWA (KOD) is not required. Received by Mar 15, 2010.
More Than Magic: The deadline for entry is DEADLINE EXTENDED TO March 15, books received by March 22. The grand prize is the cash equivalent of the RWA national conference fee - $300-plus. New for this year: we’re accepting e-book entries as e-books!
Entries are low in:
Romantic Comedy (Chick Lit)
& Single Title
2009 ACFW Book of the Year Award .The contest is open to published ACFW members in good standing. An author can join ACFW at the time of entry by filling out a membership application and submitting the application along with the membership dues. All contest entry information and appropriate fees must be received by the contest coordinator no later than March 31, 2010.
The Beacon Published Division. Deadline April 1st. Contest open to books published between Jan 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Categories:
Contemporary Series Romance (all except Suspense/Adventure)
Contemporary Single Title Romance
Historical Romance/Regency Historical Romance
Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Young Adult Romance
Best First Book (No fee or extra books required for entries that qualify. See entry form.)
Just For Fun!
2010 Family Circle Fiction Contest. Submit an original (written by entrant), fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words, typed on 8-1/2x11paper. Entries must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Up to two (2) entries per person will be accepted but each entry must be a unique short story. No group entries. Contest begins March 1, 2010 and ends September 8, 2010. Lots of awesome prizes!!