Welcome to another Seekerville monthly Contest Update. We take contests very seriously here. Today the prize vault is open and today we're sending someone a copy of Ruth Logan Herne's, Waiting Out The Storm.
Just let us know what's going on in your writing world.
Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.
Heart of the West. Electronic Contest . Deadline July 1st. (Hurry you have only one more day!) Contest is open to published and unpublished authors. Unpublished authors are ranked separately from published authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, uncontracted manuscripts.
Contemporary-ELIZABETH POMADA, Michael Larson, Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents;
Historical, BARBARA POELLE, The Irene Goodman Literary Agency;
Paranormal, GAIL FORTUNE, The Talbot Fortune Agency LLC;
Mystery/Suspense, DANIELLE ROSE POIESZ, Gallery/Pocket Books;
Young Adult, ANN BURKHARDT, Kimberly Cameron and Associates
Published, CHRIS KEESLAR, Dorchester Publishing.
Golden Gateway. All electronic contest with a deadline of July 12. Entry consists of the the beginning of your manuscript and 10-page maximum synopsis (55 pages total maximum). The synopsis will be judged. Besides the usual prize stuff...note: A Grand Prize of $100 will be given to the highest overall scorer based on first round judging.
Long/Short Contemporary Series Romance – Shana Smith, Silhouette
Single Title Romance – Katherine Pelz, Berkley
Mainstream Fiction with Romantic Elements – Meredith Giordan, Berkley
Historical Romance – Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Romantic Suspense – TBA
Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Time Travel Romance – Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Dixie Kane Memorial Contest. Deadline July 15. NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS. Entry consists of the first five (5) pages double spaced and a synopsis (one page, single-spaced, not judged). Categories: Short/long series contemporary, Single title contemporary, Historical romance, Paranormal, Inspirational, Novel w/ strong romantic elements, Romantic suspense, Erotic romance. Prizes: $50 cash prize with tie breaker and special certificate for the overall highest score of all categories. Also, first place winning entries will be sent to final judges for reading and potential requests for full or partial ms. First, second, third place, and honorable mention certificates. Winners announcements in RWR, posted to SOLA’s website, New Orleans Times Picayune and other publications.
Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Brava (Kensington Publishing)
Alicia Rasley, Editor, Red Sage Publishing
Lill Farrell, Editor, The Wild Rose Press
Debra Dixon Editor, Bell Bridge Books
Heart to Heart. Electronic only contest. Deadline July 15. Categories, Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, Erotic and YA. Final judges acquiring editors and agents (which ones?)
The entry is not required to be the opening scene of the book, but pages should be numbered as they appear in the manuscript to a maximum of 15 pages, in which the hero and heroine meet for the first time or for the first time in the book if they are previously acquainted. You may submit more than one scene if you wish, as long as the total is not over 15 pages. The scenes (and all pages) must be consecutive; (for example: submitting pages 9-18 of your book, along with an optional set-up page.) If your entry isn’t the first scene in the book, and if you feel that more information is needed so the judges will understand the situation, you may submit a one-page, double-spaced set-up. This is optional, and will not be scored. The optional set-up page will not count toward the 15-page maximum. ( Okay I'm a little confused )
The Golden Rose. Deadline August 7th. Electronic. Entry consists of the first fifty pages and you may submit and optional one page (unjudged) synopsis.
Contemporary Series – Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin
Single Title Contemporary – Megan Records, Editor, Kensington
Historical – Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Agent, Judith Ehrlich Literary Management
Paranormal, Fantasy, and Futuristic – Alexandra Machinist, Agent, Linda Chester Literary Agency
Romantic Suspense – Kristin Sevick, Editor, Tor
Young Adult – Andrea Somberg, Agent, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Novel w/Strong Romantic Elements - Amberly Finarelli, Agent, Andrea Hurst & Associates
Heart of Excellence Reader's Choice Award. Deadline (postmarked) July 5th. Open to RWA members with books having an original copyright date of 2009 or "First US Printing" date from January 2009 to December 2009. JUDGES: Judges will be chosen from RWA members, non-RWA members, romance readers, booksellers, and librarians. 1st Place winners in each category will receive a trophy and a winner’s graphic to include on their website. 2nd and 3rd Place winners will receive a certificate and a graphic for their website. Announcement will be sent to RWR.
Short & Long Series Contemporary Romance
Contemporary Single Title Romance
Historical (includes Regency) Romance
Paranormal Romance (includes fantasy, time-travel, futuristic)
Strong Romantic Elements
And finally....Just For Fun
Don't forget you have through Friday, July 2nd to enter the Slacker Tuesday Contest, right here in Seekerville.
The Third Annual, Real Simple, Life Lessons Essay Contest. Opens June 1 and ends on September 24.
Finish this sentence: “I never thought I’d. . .”
Have you ever taken a huge, surprising risk? Did you climb a mountain? Go back to school? Get married (again)? Tell us about it: Enter Real Simple’s Third-Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple; win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors; and receive a prize of $3,000.
To enter, send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I like Lisa Gardner. Why?
1. Despite the fact that she was a baby when she first sold, she told an inspiring story at one of the Desert Dreams Conferences about how she lived off her advance for like three years while she totally revised her first book 4 times. A starving artist. What's not to love?
2. She writes great and very scary books.
3. I sat across the table from her at an RWA Librarian's Day conference luncheon. She is genuinely nice.
Now comes the best part. Reason Numero #4. She has a contest going at her web site that speaks to my heart. Kill a Friend, Maime a Buddy Sweepstakes.