Friday, November 5, 2010

November Contest Update

This is the autumn of your 2010 contest journey.
Things are slowing down for the holidays
and there are only a few contests left until after the new year.

Today the vault is open and I am pleased to be giving away an IOU
for my debut release from Love Inspired, The Rancher's Reunion.
Doesn't the cover match our autumn theme nicely?

The 2011 Golden Heart and RITA entry deadline is almost here.
No guts! No glory!

More info available on the RWA website:


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

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.

Published Author Contests

The National Reader's Choice Awards is now open and accepting entries. Deadline for entry is December 1 2010. All entries must have:

  • an original copyright date of 2010, or "First US Printing" date of 2010 as evidenced by the copyright page or a letter from the publisher, and
  • must have been available for sale sometime during 2010.

Unpublished Author Contests

Gotcha! Contest. E Deadline EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 7th. Entry consists of the first 15 pages. 1 published author and 3 experienced, trained writers. Lowest score is dropped and 3 highest determine final score. Top 4 winners in each category are sent to an editor. Winners have 2 weeks to revise the 15-page entry prior to editorial review.
Categories and Judges:

Harlequin/Silhouette Series:
Susan Litman, Silhouette

Single Title/Mainstream Contemporary:
Meredith Giordan, Berkeley/Jove

Mystery/Romantic Suspense:
Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue

Historical (Before 1945):
Megan Records, Kensington

Paranormal (Specialty/Time Travel/Fantasy):
Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Emily Rodmell, Love Inspired

The Enchanted Words Contest. Perfect Pitch 2010. Electronic only contest. Deadline extended to November 8. Entries include Query Letter, a Synopsis of up to 7 pages, and the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Each entry judged by an editor AND an agent!

Judges include:
Tina James, Senior Editor Love Inspired
Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Margo Lipschultz, Harlequin
Agent Judge Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents

Jhanteigh Kupihea, NAL
Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Literary

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. More contest info can be found on the Pike's Peak Writer's home page here.

Contest Categories and judges:

Short Stories (fiction only; all genres
included in same category)-Angela James Executive Editor, Carina Press

Book Length:
  • Children’s (for ages 8-12)-Danielle Chiotti,Upstart Crow Literary
  • Historical Fiction-Rachelle Gardner, WordServe Literary
  • Mainstream-Kathleen Gilligan, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins
  • Mystery/Suspense/Intrigue- Denise Little, Ethan Ellenberg Agency
  • Romance-Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror-Deb Dixon, President of Belle Books
  • Young Adult (for ages 12-18)- Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Agency

The Write Stuff Contest. E-deadline: December 1, 2010. 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!

  • Contemporary Romance – Lauren Plude, Editor, Grand Central
  • Historical Romance– Katherine Pelz, Editor, Berkley
  • Paranormal Romance– Kevan Lyon, Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Adult Mainstream Fiction– to be announced.
  • Young Adult Fiction– Annette Pollert, Editor: Pulse (Simon & Schuster)

Great Expectations. Deadline December 11, 2010. Great Expectations is no longer accepting mailed entries. Electronic entry fees will be processed through Paypal. Mailed entry fees will be deposited January 15, 2010. Entry consists of a single page query letter and 25 manuscript pages.

Note the Eligibility Requirements:

Open to everyone meeting these requirements:

  • Entrants must be unpublished and uncontracted in book-length romantic fiction, or
  • Published authors must be unpublished and uncontracted in the category entered.

Final Round Judges:

Contemporary Series, Victoria Curran, Editor with Harlequin Books

Erotic Romance, Katherine Pelz, Editorial Assistant with Berkley Heat

Historical, Megan Records, Associate Editor, Kensington Books

Inspirational, Natalie Hanemann, Senior Editor with Thomas Nelson

Mainstream with Romantic Elements, Danielle Poiesz, Editor Pocket Books

Romantic Suspense, Elizabeth Bistrow, Editor, New American Library

Single Title, Holly Blanck, Assistant Editor with St. Martin’s Press

Specialized, Talia Platz, Editorial Assistant with New American Library

Young Adult, Meredith Giordan, Editor, Berkley Books

Just For Fun!

WOW: Women On Writing Fiction Quarterly Contest. Open September - November 30th, Midnight (Pacific Time). "WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season and the flavor of our sponsor, if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That's not to say that our guest judge will feel the same... so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let's have some fun!"

Maximum: 750--Minimum: 250 The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word's word count to determine the submitted entry's word count.Open Prompt: Open to any style and genre. From horror to romance!

Entry Fee: $10.00 We are limiting the amount of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

Check out the great prizes, including cash! Final judge is Literary Agent, Wendy Sherman.

Folger's Home For the Holiday's Essay Contest
- Deadline November 30th.

Create an original essay describing "What is the best part of wakin' up at home during the holidays with Folgers® coffee?" ("Essay"). Essay must be in English and must be 200 words or less. Go to during the Contest Period and follow the on-screen directions to submit your Essay. Entries must be received by Noon ET on 11/30/10. Enter as often as you wish, but each Essay entered must be different. Entrant must be the sole creator of the Essay. Essay may not have won a previous award, may not have been published previously.

Grand Prizes: Each consists of a seven-day/six-night trip for Winner and up to 3 guests to travel to Winner's home destination within the 48 contiguous United States (collectively "Trip"). Trip includes round-trip coach airfare between a U.S. gateway airport in the 48 contiguous United States nearest the Winner's residence (selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion) and the major commercial airport nearest the Winner's selected home destination, room accommodations (one room/quadruple occupancy) for six nights at a hotel designated by Sponsor, seven day use of a full size rental car (certain restrictions apply) designated by Sponsor, $1,000 spending money, one digital camera, and a Folgers Gift Basket. The approximate retail value ("ARV") of each prize: $7,900.

That's it for November!

Did anyone miss my subtle hints above. Extended deadlines means they need entries, which really makes your odds skyrocket.

What do you say? Are you up to the challenge???


  1. Love the look of your upcoming book Tina!

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for sharing, Tina! Even when I do finish my manuscript (Ugh, I almost said "if," which means the Great Pumpkin won't come. I am sincere! I am! "Nothing by sincerity as far as the eye can see!"), I don't know if I'd be brave enough to send the work of my heart into the boxing ring, so to speak. ;) But good luck to all those who are entering the contests!

    I love all of these fall pictures, Tina, and I would love a chance to win your book! :D



    P.S. I have some leftover Halloween candy if anyone wants some. ;)

  3. Good luck too all who are entering those! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  4. I had decided against entering any more contests in 2010. Then I got an e-mail from a contest coordinator about an extended deadline. I ended up sending an entry. What a pushover I am. :)

    Would love to get my hands on your book.


    helengray AT boycomonline DOT com

  5. Beautiful visuals as always, especially your cover! YAY!

    Would love to win - may at maythek9spy dot com

    Wow - might enter the children's one - that is exactly my age group too - 8-12! Thanks for being so on the ball, AS USUAL!

    Amazon just let me know my Lassoed in Texas shipped today. Yippee and Yee haw! :)

    Have a great weekend everyone... and enjoy the fall, y'all. :)

  6. You guys are the best! Should we let you know the outcome if we take the plunge? And please include me in the drawing because I'm discovering that I love the Seekers' books!

    reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. I love all Love Inspired books. Love the cover of your book! I know it will be great. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Tina, thanks for all the info. I think I am going to print it out so I can plan for next year!

    And the detail on your cover is excellent. Just beautiful.

    Would love to win the book but look forward to buying it regardless!

    I brought pumpkin pancakes this morning since I went a little crazy after finding pumpkin on sale this week. Whipped cream or maple syrup?

    Peace, Julie

  9. Wow! Just wow!






    Guess I know what I'm doing in the morning when I only have one kiddo! Because /whisper/ I have a date tonight. And my sister is taking my 3 older girls for the night. And my MIL is taking my 3yo for the evening [but not the overnight]. So while I have just him in the morning, I guess I'm researching contests ;). And that will also keep my mind off my currently dismal NaNo total. I've got to get moving on that, too, or this will be my first year to not win.

    The cover looks great, Tina! I'm in!

    And yum! More pancakes!


    carol at carolmoncado dot com

  10. Oh man, I missed Audra yesterday. Audra, forgive me!!! Dagnabbit!

    Teenster, thanks for this update, chica!

    Subtle hints...

    For an Italian Diva, that probably SEEMED subtle to you. Hey, I might be Irish but I grew up in the tenth ward... Italians, Irish and Germans galore.

    So contests... Oh my. GH. Rita. Gotcha.

    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!!!

    That's kind of how I feel about contests, like Dorothy heading toward Oz, totally unsure what to expect, except I KNOW what to expect, a full spectrum of what-if's...

    But a great learning and getting your name out there opportunity.

    Rock on, contest entrants!

    Hey, celebrating Friday with pumpkin-spice coffee, spiced chai latte, caramel cream coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread (which chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting), pumpkin muffins...

    And I brought this humongous bowl of Halloween candy along because my hips do not need 30 Snickers bars.

    More's the pity.

    And Amber, that time will come. And I love the coffee mug pic, btw. You're lovely.

    'Member what Cat said the other day about stopping and starting? We all do that 'cause the timing has to be right, OR we have to be in a place where we can MAKE IT right. That's tricky because life intervenes.

    Mmm.. coffee... contests...

    And snow predicted for tomorrow.

    Diggin' out the mittens.

  11. Tina,

    Love the cover for Rancher's Reunion! Beautiful.

    I just told someone the other day I wasn't going to enter anymore contests this year, but the Gotcha Contest intrigues me. I might have to cave and enter.

    Thanks for all the contest information.

    Don't enter my name into today's drawing I already have an IOU for Rancher's Reunion and can't wait!


  12. P.S. Forgot to thank you for the information last weekend on the So You Think You Can Write event this week!

    What a wealth of information it's been!! Awesome week!


  13. Thanks for the update, Tina.
    Great as usual.
    I thought I'd try the Gotcha again this year and see if anything happens.
    Can't hurt, right?
    What is it Ruthy says? If you don't enter, it's 100% that you won't win.
    Besides, I'm trying out a new ms, so the feedback will be helpful.

  14. Thanks for the update, Tina!

    I have a short story that I'm definately going to enter in the WOW-Women on Writing contest and if I can fit getting the submission ready inbetween my NaNoWriMo project, then I have a children's manuscript I'm going to enter in the Pike Peaks contest.

    I love your book cover...can you share the blurb or teaser page with us?

    RRossZediker at yahoo dot com

  15. Good Morning Seekerville.

    I salute you contest divas with my pumpkin spice java.

    Helen, way to go. Once a diva always a diva!!!!

  16. The Gotcha is a fabulous contest that I have personally judged for several years. A great opportunity.

    Thanks for the kind cover words ladies. Aren't the folks at Love Inspired just genius'?

    Carol you are making your own romance, eh? Take notes for us. LOL

  17. Will Sullivan’s reason for refusing marriage is his
    biggest secret. To Will, it’s part of his legacy, like
    the family’s ranch.

    But then the woman he has
    secretly loved since childhood returns home after
    two years. Abandoned as a child the way he was,
    Annie Harris understands him.

    But she doesn’t
    know the real reason keeping him a bachelor.

    A missionary nurse, Annie is planning to leave
    soon. Especially when a senseless scandal
    involving her threatens the ranch—and Will’s

    But can he trust in rekindled love to see
    that Annie just might be his future?

  18. Not ready to brave these yet. If I did it would be for feedback at this point. I started writing (again) less than a year ago and need all the help I can get to become the best writer I can be.

  19. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraNovember 5, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Thanks for sharing all the contest info. Unfortunately I don't have anything ready to submit so I will have to pass on this time. I love the cover of your book it is so pretty!!

    fantum2004 AT sbcglobal DOT net

  20. Question: On the Pike's Peak contest, I couldn't find the word count for short stories - only novel entries. Does anybody know the WC for a short story and if you need a query letter or anything else sent in with the short story?

  21. Oh, Tina, I definately want entered into the drawing for you book. :D

  22. I would email the coordinators, Linnette.

  23. I'm so excited! Zondervan is entering The Healer's Apprentice in the Rita, in the Young Adult category no less, and they're entering it in the National Reader's Choice Awards too. Actually, it's scarier now than when I was unpublished. Not sure exactly why. Maybe because it's too late to make improvements if it bombs!

  24. And I can't wait to read your book, Tina, and Audra's too! But Ruthy will kill me if I don't read hers first, so I'm making a note to self ... preserve your life by reading Ruthy's book ASAP ...

  25. Thanks for the reminder, Tina. I've got my first ever RITA entry form printed and need to get it mailed in.

    I'd like to encourage all you unpublished writers to enter contests. It can be a tremendous boost if you final, and if you don't, the judges comments can be help you see which areas you need to focus on improving.

    Love the cover of your book!

    fictionfan1 [at] cox [dot] net

  26. Tina, the release of your debut is getting closer!! Can't wait to read it!!!!

    Thanks for the contest update. Go gettum Seekerville!!!! Tina, thanks for the link to NRCA. I always enter that one. I'm in the Rita. Still need to mail the books.


  27. Thanks for the update, Tina!!

    I hope you all have a great weekend! I can't believe it's actually Friday. This week flew by!

  28. Thanks, Tina.

    Congrats, Melanie!!! How exciting! I'd be nervous, too. Please keep us posted!

  29. When do readers get to submit a title or vote on them?!
    wow pumpkin everything this morning YUM! ok I'll take both maple syrup and whipped cream on my pancakes then make my way over to the bread and muffins...
    quilt938 at clear dot net

  30. I have to say, Pumpkin flavored coffee just sounds disgusting.

    I mean c'mon, are you straightint the pumpkin seeds out with your teeth? Ewwww

  31. I mean....

    are you STRAINING the seeds with your teeth.

    I usually ignore typos but that one sounded like some twisted orthodontic issue was involved.


  32. Would love to win your book! Thanks for the chance!

  33. BTW Julie Hilton Steele what a nice thing to say.


  34. Look at all our brave pubs, sending their babies out into the contest world. Once a diva always a diva.

    THANK GOD!!!

  35. I am ignoring Ruth's Halloween candy. Here I am avoiding candy everywhere for WEEKS...and she brings her pillowcase loaded right onto the island this morning.

  36. Mary, it gets better...I have eggnog and french toast coffee too.

    Only this time of year. Then back to basic black.

  37. Linette - if you look through the Pike's Peak brochure (very, VERY carefully LOL), it says 5k for short story word limit.

    AND, I think I'm gonna enter that one myself! My WIP isn't mainly romance, so most of the others don't fit (doesn't mean I don't come here anyway! hehe).

    And PLEASE enter me! joanne(at)joannesher(dot)com

  38. Tina -

    We're bringing the 3yo home with us ;). But dinner without children is always nice!

    The way it works around here, it seems, we dish up dinner for the kids [usually straight from the stove. What? You put it all on the table and serve from there? Is that legal?].

    Get four kids drinks. One needs a lid. But that one doesn't have poptop doohickey in it. Find a different cup. That one is still dirty. Having the kids empty the dishwasher is great until they don't realize that there's still gunk in the cup. Finally settle on a Mickey Mouse cup only to have a fit thrown that it's not the CARS cup. Decide he needs to make do because the CARS cup is the one with gunk in it. After pouting for about 5 minutes, he'll drink out of whatever cup it's in. As long as it's chocolate milk.

    Get my meal. [DH is gone 2 nights a week, 1 night a week we both have Bible studies at different churches so it's like a sandwich].

    Sit down.

    'Mom, I'm done. Can I have more?'

    Since it's spaghetti and I really don't want to clean up spilled meatball off my floor, I get it.

    Sit back down.

    'Mom, can I have more?'

    Repeat once more.

    Sit down, but wait. There's chocolate milk all over the floor from one of the kids old enough to not need a lid.

    Clean it up.

    Sit back down.

    Get first kid thirds because she loves spaghetti

    Sit down again.

    Take a bite.

    It's cold but filling.


    Tonight... none of that! Someone will bring me breadsticks and soup and five cheese ziti or the new lasgna roll thingies and all I can drink. And it'll probably be so hot I have to wait a few minutes to eat it.

    But hey - that does sound a bit like romance doesn't it ;)?

    Romance is... not having to make dinner?

    I may also get to go shopping for a digital voice recorder since my bday is Monday and MIL will likely give me my card tonight when we drop the 3yo off.

    And then in the morning - if the 3yo lets me sleep in, I'll sleep in then contest :). Or fold clothes. One of the two ;)

  39. Um no idea how I ended up with that many posts there... Or how it got so long...

  40. What a pretty cover to your book. It looks great. :)
    Wow, so many contests, so little time. Yes, I get the big hint, but I need to get sitting in my chair and get to work though. Thanks for all the information.

    cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

  41. @ Tina - I mean, even the contest for Reader's choice looks like it has to be submitted by the author. Are there any where a reader can read something and think it deserves an award and submit the title for a contest? ok I didn't check out all the links so maybe some of those listed are set up that way. Seems like every year I see a list somewhere or other(I read a lot of romance so not just inspirational entrees) and I wonder 'how in the world did that book win when I read one that was so much better?'! And I never seem to know there had been a vote til it was all over with! I wanna vote!! :-)


  42. Tina,

    Now I have to really think about the GH! ARG!

    Do I want to re-vamp and re-send last years entry? We'll see. But I might attempt one of the others.

    Your book looks and sounds wonderful. Can't wait to read it!

    Please enter me for the draw.


    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

  43. A chance to win another book?
    Count me in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love all of you writers so much!
    Blessings to all!

  44. Tina~ I'd love to win your book. With the number of new LI authors I'm encountering in Seekerville(new as in I've never read them before) I'm going to be spending a lot more money on LI books. Not to mention non-LI books. So I need to win as many of them as possible.

    The contests sound exciting and scary. One side of my brain is jumping up and down saying "Yeah, yeah! Do it! Do it!"

    The other, more rational side is saying, "Simmer down, you. All you have written is less than two chapters of NaNoWriMo quality work. Maybe next year." This is the side I will be listening to.

    Hopefully, by the time the contests roll around next year, my baby will have been through enough edits that the thought of throwing her to the wolves won't make me want to hurl!

    Good Luck to all you entrants! Let us know how you do.

  45. Susan I entered the same msc in the GH four times (I entered other as well) but that msc finaled twice of four unchanged.

    Then of course those two finals I was up against the BIG GUNS..Myra Johnson and Carla Capshaw who won !!! :)

  46. OHHHH, I see what you mean, Susanna. Like a REAL READER'S pick contest. Where you pick em first and then vote on the winner.

    Good idea. I see a blog in the making.

  47. CarolM
    "Romance is not having to make dinner"
    My FAVORITE 'date' is going out to dinner and then to Barnes and Noble.
    The smell of coffee, books, and silence are almost heavenly.
    Sweep me off my feet. Seriously!
    Add 'clearance' to that list and I'm over the moon.

  48. Good luck to all the who enter.

    would love to win our book Tina
    ausjenny at gmail dot com

  49. As much as I want to enter the GH, I don't think I'll be able to finish my re-write in time. However, I will enter something soon.


  50. Gorgeous cover, Tina!! Fits the fall theme so nicely. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

    I've preordered, you know.

  51. I just realized I may be about to get both Tina's and Audra's book when if I get to Hawaii in January, I would hope its at the wall-mart there. (If I go but it looks like I will be)

  52. @Pepper -

    How did you know?!

    We went to Olive Garden then B/N [where I looked for Seeker books =D. Found a couple then DH was like 'let's go' and I was like but I 'KNOW' them! and he so didn't care ;)].

    Then Best Buy. Then Target, including costume clearance [TONS of dog costumes] then Walmart and costume clearance [still no Batman for the little man - ah well, he's got a Superman]. Then off to the ILs to pick DS3 up and come home.

    It was very nice. And now I am ready to go to sleep! Maybe DS3 will sleep in... but I'm not counting on it :p.

  53. Tina, I love the cover of The Rancher's Reunion. I'll look forward to reading it.

    Smiles, =D
    Cindy W.


  54. Love to win this book.
    Beautiful cover.
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com