Friday, September 3, 2010

September Seekerville Contest Update

Welcome to the September Contest Update. The contest vault is open and all you have to do for a shot at two copies of Ruth Logan Herne's newest release, Ready Made Family, is tell us what your contest plans are for September. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.

Ready or not here's the Golden Heart and RITA submission time line for 2011 More info available on the RWA website:


September 21, 2010
Golden Heart contest will open for entries. Contest entry form will be available on this date.

November 15, 2010
Entry forms and fees must be received by the RWA Office.

December 2, 2010
Entered works must be received in the RWA Office. Failure to meet this deadline shall result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

December 30, 2010
Preliminary-round judging begins.

March 1, 2011
Preliminary-round score sheets due to RWA Office.

March 25, 2011
Notification will be sent to finalists by two-day delivery. Phone calls to notify finalists will also commence. Release of official finalist list on RWA website by 2 p.m. CT.


September 21, 2010
RITA contest entry is available for Eligible Novels and Novellas. Contest entry form will be available on this date.

December 1, 2010
Deadline for entry forms and fees to be received by the RWA Office.

January 4, 2011
Deadline for books to be received at the RWA Office. Failure to meet this deadline will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

January 20, 2011
Preliminary-round judging begins.

March 9, 2011
Preliminary-round score sheets due to RWA Office.

March 25, 2011
Notification will be sent to finalists by two-day delivery. Phone calls to notify finalists will also commence. Release of official finalist list on RWA website by 2 p.m. CT.

Unpublished Contests

Finally a Bride. Electronic Deadline September 10th (Extended!). THANKS RENEE! Each manuscript must have finaled, but not won in a previous RWA or RWA chapter-sponsored contest. Submit the first thirty pages of your manuscript. The first place winner in each category will receive a lovely engraved knife and cake server, suitable for cutting the cake in celebration of THE CALL. In addition, any book that is published as a result of this contest will receive a free entry into the National Readers' Choice Award the first year of eligibility. TWO EDITORS JUDGES EACH CATEGORY.

Melissa Endlich -- Steeple Hill
Barbara Scott -- Abingdon Press

Series Contemporary
Patience Smith -- Silhouette
Wanda Ottewell -- Harlequin

Romantic Suspense
Charles Griemsman -- Silhouette
Alex Logan -- Grand Central Publishing

Historical/ Regency
Deb Werksman -- Casablanca Sourcebooks
Carly Corcoran -- Harlequin Historical

Margo Lipschultz -- HQN

Mainstream with Romantic Elements
Keyren Gerlach -- HQN
Esi Sogah -- Avon

Anne Bensson -- St. Martin's
Leah Wilson - BenBella Books

Launching a STAR. Electronic deadline of September 8. First 25 pages. One editor and one agent judge in each category. The overall contest winner has a star named in their honor through the International Star Registry. An engraved, star-shaped paperweight is presented to the first place winner of each category, and stars cover the frameable certificate provided to all finalists.

BTW The *Launching A Star Contest* is low on *Inspirational *and *Romantic
Suspense* categories.


Single Title:Selina McLenmore, Grand Central-Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency

General Paranormal:Meredith Giordan, Berkley/Jove-Laurie Mclean, Larsen-Pomada Agcy

Futuristic/Fantasy:Leah Hultenschmidt, Dorchester-Suzie Townsend, FinePrint Literary

Historical:Talia Platz, North American Library-Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Agcy

Series Contemporary:Susan Litman, Harlequin Special Edition-Roberta Brown, Brown Agcy

Romantic Suspense:Katherine Pelz, Berkley-Laura Bradford, The Bradford Agency
Inspirational:Natalie Hanemann, Thomas Nelson-Rachelle Gardner, WordServe Lit.
Young Adult:Kristin Daly, Harper Collins-Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency

Gateway to the Best. Deadline September 10. Electronic entry includes the first 25 pages. Each entry will be judged by three experienced judges with the lowest of the three scores dropped from the final tabulation. The Grand Prize Winner will receive US $100, a full reading and critique of her entire manuscript by a MORWA Published Author, a certificate, and a "Gateway to the Best Grand Prize Winner" electronic banner announcing the win for the author’s website. The final judges for each category are:
Contemporary Series - Laura Barth, Editor, Harlequin
Historical - Esi Sogah, Editor, Avon
Single Title - Katherine Pelz, Editor, Berkley
Paranormal - LaToya Smith, Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic Suspense - Margo Lipschultz, Editor, Harlequin
Young Adult - Kathy Dawson, Editor, Dial Books/Penguin Group

Fiction From the Heartland. Deadline September 10. Prologue/First Chapter and Synopsis (35 pages total). Finalists entries will be judged by both an editor and an agent. Each entrant will receive two one-page written critiques and detailed score sheets. This is a snail mail contest and electronic contest.

Manuscripts that final are read by BOTH an Editor and an AGENT

Category Romance - Susan Litman, Harlequin/Silhouette
Contemporary Single Title
- Danielle Poiesz, Pocket Books

- Tessa Woodward, Avon Books

Romantic Suspense - Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
- Meredith Giordan, Berkley Publishing Group

Erotic Romanc
e - Meghan Conrad, Ellora's Cave
Young Adult - Natashya Wilson, Harlequin Teen
- Melissa Endlich, Steeple Hill


  • Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency
  • Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary Agency
  • Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary
  • Agency Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates
  • Claudia Cross, Sterling Lord Literistic

Beacon Award, Unpublished. October 1 deadline. Electronic Entries only. The first 30 pages. First place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin, and .gif for website (if applicable).
Final Round Judges:

Single Title / Contemporary
Editor: Georgia Woods - Samhain
Agent: TBA

Erotic Romance
Editor: Raelene Gorlinski - Elora's Cave
Agent: TBA

Contemporary Series
Editor: Rhonda Penders - Wild Rose Press
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski - 3 Seas Literary Agency

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Tessa Woodward - Harper Collins Publishers
Agent: Paige Wheeler - Folio Literary Agency

Editor: Leis Pederson - Penguin / Berkley
Agent: TBA

Editor: Elizabeth Mazer - Steeple Hill
Agent: TBA

Chick Lit / Mainstream
Editor: Mercedes Fernandez - Kensington
Agent: TBA

Young Adult
Editor: TBA
Agent: Sara Crowe - Harvey Klinger Agency

Editor: TBA
Agent: Amy Boggs - Donald Maass Literary Agencyp

First Kiss. October 1 e-deadline. Send the scene from your book where your couple first kisses. The scene should convey the emotion and romantic conflict between the characters, sparkle with creative dialogue, description, and characterization, and move the story forward. As one of our authors said, “Good kiss scenes are essentially emotional discoveries. The first kiss brings a new closeness… but also a new set of complications.” The final judge is Patience Smith, Senior Editor, Silhouette Romantic Suspense at Harlequin, will judge six finalists.
Cash Prizes. Submission : 10 page maximum scene, plus one set up page.

The Suzannah
. October 1 e-deadline. Limit 120 entries. Entry should be a maximum of 7,200 words (including synopsis that can be any length, so long as entire entry does NOT exceed 7,200).

"The Suzannah is different from most other writers’ contests in that published authors and unpublished writers all compete against one another in a single pool of entries without categories. Yep, you read that right. Published and unpublished writers all hashing it out together for a spot as one of the six finalists. The only criteria we require is that the manuscript fit within the romance genre and that it be unpublished and uncontracted."

The final round judges will rank each of the six finalists from 1st place to 6th place. The total of all the rankings will be added and the lowest ranking entry will win the grand prize. No other rankings will be given. The respective rankings of the 5 other finalists will not be publicized and all 5 will be listed (and celebrated) on all publicity as finalists, without regard to final round ranking. (see FAQs for examples.) The entrants will receive their final score, but information regarding which judges gave which score will not be given.

Grand Prize Winner Receives Three hundred dollars in cash, donated in memory of romance author Suzannah Nelson Davis, and a trophy.
Final Round
All six finalists will have their entries evaluated by the full panel of agents and editors.
  • Danielle Poiesz - Pocket Books
  • Emmanuelle Alspaugh -- Judith Ehrlich Literary
  • Alexandra Machinist -- Linda Chester Literary Agency
  • Jill Marsal -- Marsall Lyon Literary Agency
  • Keyren Gerlach -- Harlequin/Silhouette
  • Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
  • Dr. Julie Nelson, sponsor of The Suzannah

MERA: Synospis is not a Four-Letter Word. October 1 deadline. USPS and electronic entries. Submit a synopsis of ten pages or less.The top entry in each category will go to a final judge, an acquiring editor, to choose the overall winner.
Categories: Contemporary Romance- Historical Romance - Paranormal Romance -Romantic Suspense - Romance Elements.

Ask us to write a synopsis (which we hate) and don't tell us the final judge. Arrgh.

Get Your Stiletto In The Door. e-deadline is October 2. First 5,000 words and an optional synopsis.
Final Round Slate Judges for 2010:

Single Title:
Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management
Editor: Amanada Bergeron, Harper-Collins

Women’s Fiction:
Agent: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency
Editor: Leis Pederson, The Berkley Publishing Group

Agent: TBA
Editor: Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin’s Press

Agent: Chelsea M. Gilmore, Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.
Editor: Megan Records, Kensington Publishing

Agent: Kelly Mortimer, Mortimer Literary Agency
Editor: Beth Adams, Guideposts Books

Red Hot:
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Editor: Sharon DeVita, Red Sage Publishing

Young Adult:
Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency
Editor: Emilia Rhodes, Simon Pulse

The Emily.
Deadline October 7. All electronic. Submit the first 7 thousand words of your manuscript. No synopsis. Each finalist will go to both an editor and an agent and a bookseller.


Contemporary Single Title

Agent – Jessica Faust, Bookends, LLC
Editor – Frances Jalet-Miller, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group USA
Bookseller – Stacy Morris, Katy Budget Books

Contemporary Series
Agent – Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency
Editor – Patience Smith, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense
Bookseller – Diana Perini, Barnes & Noble (Town and Country)

Erotic Romance
Agent – Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Editor – Martin Biro, Kensington Publishing
Bookseller – Arshi Naqvi, Katy Budget Books

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal
Agent – Emmanuelle Morgen, Judith Ehrlich Literary Management
Editor – Amanda Bergeron of Avon Books, HarperCollins Publishers
Bookseller – Gary Robson, Red Lodge Books

Historical Romance
Agent – Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Editor – Caitlin Alexander, Random House, Inc.
Bookseller – Kathy Robson, Red Lodge Books

Novel with Elements of Romance
Agent – Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management
Editor – Esi Sogah, Avon Books, HarperCollins Publishers
Bookseller – Teresa Kennedy, The Book Cellar

Romantic Suspense
Agent – Elizabeth Pomada – Michael Larsen, Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents
Editor – Susan Litman, Silhouette Special Editions, Harlequin Enterprises
Bookseller – John Kwiatkowski – Murder By The Book

Young Adult
Agent – Holly Root, Waxman Literary Agency
Editor – Sarah Shumway, Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins Publishers
Bookseller – Cathy Berner – Blue Willow Bookshop

Best of the Best is a competition between the first place winners of each category. The winner will receive a critique of the first 50 pages by the fabulous Leis Pederson, Berkley Books, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Best of the Best Judges:
Booksellers – Jan Crow and Karla Hoode, Katy Budget Books
Bookseller – Kay Meriam, Barnes & Noble

And There's More...

Mills & Boon New Voices! First Chapter submission period is September 6-22. Each chapter may not be longer than 10 thousand words.
The Writing Contest is open only to legal residents of the U.K., U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Check out all the details on the New Voices site.

The winner of the competition will win some fantastic prizes, including publication of the winning entry by Mills & Boon and a Mills & Boon editor for a year!

How Do I Enter?
Anyone who hasn’t been published before can enter the competition; all you need to do is upload the first chapter of your Mills & Boon novel to the M&B New Voices website. There’ll be just one entry per person allowed, so make sure that it’s your best! So, get writing!

How Will It Work?
There’ll be FOUR stages to the competition:

Stage One
We want everyone to upload the first chapter of their Mills & Boon novel! The best bit is that you’ll be able to read everyone else’s entry as well – and be able to comment on them too. Let’s get the romance debate going!

Stage Two
The Mills & Boon editorial team will whittle down all the entries to just ten finalists, who’ll be asked to write the second chapter of their Mills & Boon novel.

Stage Three
We’ll ask YOU to vote for your favourite entry out of the top ten. Along with the judges, you’ll decide on the four finalists who go through to the next round!

Stage Four
The finalists will write the ‘pivotal moment’ of their Mills & Boon novel. Then, with the judges, you’ll decide the winner by voting for your favourite.

Now go forth and contest!


Renee said...

I love Seekerville contest updates!

I think Finally A Bride extended their deadline to the 10th, but don't string me up if I'm wrong. I thought I saw a memo come through email. And Chris Keesler has been changed to Carly Corcoran with Harlequin Historical.

Blessings to all!

Amber S. said...

You guys are so great about letting us know the contests out there! I really appreciate it. :) I don't think I'll be doing any contests anytime soon, though...but it's still great to know about the different contests!

Good luck to all those who enter! :D How about I share some frozen yogurt from the new machine at our school's cafeteria? ;) Yum!



Mary Connealy said...

Usually when I'm this early leaving a comment??? It means it's time for me to go to bed.


Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Will go check FAB again. Thank you Renee dear.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Look at Renee, bein' all smart and on top of things! You rock, chica!!!

Tina, oh my gosh, what a splendorific bunch of contests still available.

And the GH and RITA.... Oh mylanta, the GH and RITA... We all know how I CRASHED AND BURNED in the GH, but hey, things happen. It could have been a dreadful mistake. My judges might have been PMSing.... Or suffering from bloat... Or (if Southern) an attack of "the vapours"...

Gassy judges never are quite as discerning as ungassy ones. I read a study on that someplace, funded by the federal government, I do believe.

And TEEENA'S giving away two copies of Made to Order Family....

SWEET! Oh my gosh, that's so exciting right there because (yes, I'm saying this:) It's a delightful book.

Warmth. Promise. Hope. Healing. Strength.

And a dog.

A great dog.

Everyone should read this book and then go out and buy a dog. Best therapy around.

Woof. Woof.

I brought coffee, scads of it to hurricane watch and contest dither, a breakfast kuchen with custard and lemon, oh my gosh, that looks SO good.

And a bagel bar courtesy of Bruegger's with a full array of lox and cream cheese and a side of thin-sliced red onion.

It's Friday. Let's Rock.

Dianna Shuford said...

Great info I'll have to print out once again.

Right now my only contest plans are to enter the GH this year so I need to push to get my revisions completed soon. Now, that doesn't mean I won't change my mind about that, but with the ACFW conference, my writing budget for several months will be very small.

Gotta get ready for work now. Wish I could stay and enjoy breakfast with you, but, alas, I can't. How about if I grab a chocolate milk to take along with me. That's my contibution to this morning's breakfast cyber buffet.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

I am so excited it's Friday.


Did you check out the Suzannah?? Very cool contest. I love how unique it is.

And so many contests with double, even triple judges. That's incredible. I guess it's harder to get folks to enter in this economy so they have to be more creative. Nice job.

Pass the coffee carafe.

You all have a wonderful Friday.

Kirsten Arnold said...


Thanks for the contest update. I'll be entering the Launching a Star contest. And I'm looking at the Suzannah.

The Emily looked interesting but my whole manuscript falls short of seven thousand pages. So, since I'm not writing the next Lord of the Rings Triology I'll back out of that contest. :o)

Have a great weekend!


Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

LOL, falling on the floor laughing.

Mea Culpa.

The Emily is 7 thousand words not pages.

Shoot me now. I had Pad Thai for dinner last night out with mysterious and illuminating S (Our Friend the Book Distributor) who was in town. I was on carb overload.

Kirsten Arnold said...

LOL, Tina, I loved it! I thought those Emily judges must be pretty dedicated! :o)


Audra Harders said...

Great job, Tina! Awesome list of contests.

Can you believe the Emily? Wow. Agent, editor, bookseller. What a deal!

KC Frantzen said...

The names reflect such humor and love - it's wonderful!

Finally a Bride - or Stiletto in the door - what a hoot!

Sounds like some wonderful opportunities. I'm not a romance writer so will leave the prize to someone else. Thanks for the great updates.

Can't wait to see Seekers and Friends in the limelight OR - with a star named for them!!!


And Ruthy - "Yes ma'am. Great dogs are a blessing from God. I'm sure of it! Woof Woof back at cha", says May.

You might want to check the spelling of synopsis too, while you're up. YUM for Pad Thai - it was worth it I'm sure. ;D

(and GOOOO Melanie - today is the day!)

this is my "word" today - vervable
LOVE it...

Melanie Dickerson said...

Yay!!! I get to enter the RITA!!!

Julie Lessman said...

WHOO-HOO, I'm with Ruthy and Teenster -- LOVE those weekends, ESPECIALLY Fridays!!!

Great update as always ... wish I had time to enter ...

And Emily??? I just thought she was a Chatty Kathy. Oh my, now THAT brings back memories!! I have never had one of those dolls, which is just as well because she would've never gotten a word in edgewise ...


YIKES ... tell me it's not almost Christmas, PLEASE!!!


Melanie Dickerson said...

Yay!!! It's my book's release day!!! Eat chocolate today and think of me!

Kirsten Arnold said...

Congrats, Melanie!! Enjoy your day!!

Pepper Basham said...

Great post, Tina.
I'm going to try and enter the Emily, that allows me time to procratinate for another month.

I read Melanie's book yesterday. Lovely story. Dreamy teen girls are going to LOOOOVE it. :-) Very sweet, and the hero is wonderful.

Praise God for Fridays - and three day weekends are cause for the Hallelujah Chorus.

Missy Tippens said...

Wow, some fantastic judges!! Y'all need to be sure to take advantage!!

Thanks for the update, Teenster!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I'm totally in on the Hallelujah Chorus, yes, it IS almost Christmas, dust off those ornaments and choir selections soon, and I'm TOTALLY PSYCHED to get Melanie's book at long last!!!

OH YAY!!!!!



Joanne Sher said...

Okay - I FOUND one I can enter! I don't write specifically romance books, but mine DOES have a romantic element. SOOO I'm planning to enter my current WIP in The Emily (Novel with Romantic Elements category). Also wanna enter it in the ACFW Ohio "hook me", which ends at the end of next month. Better get busy, eh?

Kav said...

Heavy sigh; there are three books that have just come out that I am DYING to read and they haven't hit my Canadian bookstore yet even though I preordered. Every time I read a blog someone is saying -- "Oh, I just read Melanie's or Julie's or Lorna's book and it was so goooood." and it's driving me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so jealous.

However -- to get back on topic -- this is the year I swore I'd do more than toe-dabble so I'll have to look more closely at the September contests when I get home tonight. Ack!

Thanks for always compling them and giving the links each month. It makes it so much harder to find and excuse for not entering one. LOL.

Mary Connealy said...





Oh, oops, cap lock was stuck.


Casey said...

Great updates, thanks so much! I am looking at entering the Ohio ACFW chapter's hook contest and possibly the Golden Heart after I saw it here. Need to check out the website, thank you!!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Great list, Tina!

I have to fix the beginning chapter of my last ms, which didn't final in the GH last year. So I'm debating about doing that and re-entering! Do I really want to do this???

Have a bit of time to decide.

Congratulations, Melanie, on your big release day!! Yay! Another book for my wish list!

Have a super long weekend everyone. Will see you tomorrow.


Susan Anne Mason said...

Oh, just have to add that I got a notice that "A Hope Undaunted" has been shipped to me! So I should get it next week sometime. It's better than CHRISTMAS!! Yay, Julie!

And I just received Tamera Alexander's newest book "Within My Heart". So if it rains all weekend, I'll have lots to do!

sbmason (at) sympatico (dot) ca

Julia M. Reffner said...

Thanks for posting these contests. I'm not sure which I will enter, but whenever you post these it keeps me reminded to keep hammering away at it :). What I'm looking for is feedback, feedback, feedback...sounds like contests are a GREAT way to get that.

Kav said...

Mary -- that was just plain mean!!!! It's lucky I know you have a sense of humour or I would think you were actually gloating or something. Humph!!!!

With hope undaunted I am going to my bookstore tomorrow and if at least one of them isn't in I'll be making waves in a really big way and someone might just need to have a healer or at least his apprentice near by...I'm just sayin'.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Joanne Sher!!! Long time no see.

Waving at you!!!

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

I cleaned out WalMart of Ruthy's books yesterday.

I have Julies' and I am excited to pick up everyone else's too.


Julia M. Reffner said...

Ruth, I just noticed you're from upstate NY. Are you booksigning around here? I got all excited when I saw Miss Mary here was signing in Rochester...then I noticed the Minnesota.

Rose said...

Tian, thanks for the update.

I'm printing out the rules for the Suzannah...If I enter it will force me to get a synopsis written for one of my WIP's. Plus I think it's a very interesting concept to mix unpublished & published writers!


Kav-love how you worked all the titles in your comment. GREAT!

Mary Connealy said...

Kav honey, you can always tell if I'm gloating or not by the presence of the words NEENER NEENER NEENER.


Cat Schield said...

Hi Seekers! I just wanted to pop by and share my incredibly exciting news with you. It's even a perfect day since the topic is Contest Update and if not for my LONG history as a contest diva I would never have learned all that I did about improving my writing. And I might never have sold to Silhouette Desire!

I have enjoyed watching you escape Unpubbed Island one by one. Helped me keep the faith. Bless you all!

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...



I will be adding it to the Weekend Edition.


Walt M said...

I'm looking at Launching a Star, but haven't decided yet. (Yes, I know I haven't much time.)

I'm going to spend Septmber biting my fingernails, waiting for the news in October as to the results of two contests I've entered.

Myra Johnson said...

Cat!!! Tina just alerted the Seekers to your good news! Congratulations!!!

Glynna Kaye said...

CAT!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! More info, please! When's the book releasing? What's it's about? What were you doing when you got the call??

Happy dancin' for you!!

Glynna Kaye said...


Ruth Logan Herne said...


Shrieking here in Upstate New York where we Seekers were first privileged to see your work in The Barclay Silver!!!!

Oh my gosh, I remember how much Audra loved Fake Fiance, Real Love!!!

And ME TOO!!!! I loved that story!


And you and I finally got to MEET IN PERSON in Orlando! Girlfriend, I'm SO stinkin' proud of you, you have no idea. You clung to the lifeboat and did whatever it took to stay alive.

Super Sweet News in Seekerville.

This means food. A weekend party. Oh my gosh, I'm baking up a storm for this weekend and ordering....



Snoopy dancing in upstate!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

A. Mary says neener, neener, neener to me all the time. She's a brat.

B. Julia, hey, girl! The booksigning is 9/18, thank you for asking, chica, and it's at the Parma Public Library, just a short ten minute drive from the expressway.

That might be a slight lie. It might be twelve minutes. Depends on the cows. ;)

I would LOVE to see you there, hug you. Wonderful, wonderful!

Renee said...

Tina, I can't say I'm on top of much, especially at 1 a.m. I was only on top of this because I was considering FAB.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Okay I'm tired. Excuse the K, CAT.

But the heartfelt congrats are still the same.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Well, Renee, it only goes to have to keep checking the websites. I got my info on Sunday and by Friday it had changed.

In fact we need to hire someone to do our surfing for us.

A cyber assistant.

I need one.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Melanie!

I think I might enter the MERA synopsis contest.
I've entered 2 of my WIP's into several contests earlier this year, but have another I really like the story, but am having a hard time getting on paper. Maybe if I concentrate on the synopsis the story will come easier.

...and I'm still waiting for the final results in the TARA. I looked up the other two finalists in the contest, and both of them were western historicals too. Now how often does westerns sweep the historical category? (The others have excerpts of their stories on their blogs, and I think I like theirs better than mine. I hate it when that happens...)


bcountryqueen6 at msn dot com

Susan Anne Mason said...

CONGRATS, CAT! I've seen your name so often on the contest circuit. So happy for you.

Can you give us more details?? We LOVE the details!

Enjoy this great moment.


Patsy said...

My plans for September are playing my grandbaby who is 11 weeks old now. Soooo sweet! Also praying for him. He has to have a heart procedure done on September 30th. I know all will be well.

Kav said...





Julia M. Reffner said...

@ Ruth, What time? That's about 30 minutes from me, I will try to make it if possible. It would be great to meet you!

Rose said...

Cat...CONGRATULATIONS! Bask in the glory!!!

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Patsy, I just saw your post. Please know I will add my prayers to yours.


Renee said...

Cat, somehow I missed the news posted here. Congratulations!!!!!! That is super awesome!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Patsy, I just saw this, and we'll add the little fellow to our prayer list.

What's his name?

And is he super-duper-cute???


Ruth Logan Herne said...



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