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One prize to a reader and one to a writer. Winners announced in the Weekend Edition.
Unpublished Author Contests:
Marlene Awards:Deadline Opens for entries on December 15, and ends January 15. 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.
Final Judges and Critique Authors for each category:
Single Title Contemporary Romance
Final Editor Judge: Amanda Bergeron, Avon
Critique Author:Jane Porter
Series Contemporary Romance (long and short)
Final Editor Judge: Patience Smith, Harlequin/Silhouette
Critique Author: Amanda Berry
Final Editor Judge: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Critique Author: Janet Mullany
Final Editor Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: TBA
Final Editor Judge: Holly Blanck, St. Martin’s
Critique Author: Gemma Halliday
Final Editor Judge: Kristin Daly, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Critique Author: Gwen Hayes
Yellow Rose Award for Excellence Unpublished: Deadline for electronic submissions is January 22, 2011. Entry form must be mailed. Entry is electronic. Entries shall consist 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: Margo Lipschultz, HQN
Historical (includes Regency): Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Mainstream: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency
Paranormal: Tara Gavin, Harlequin Nocturn
Romantic Suspense: Tera Kleinfelter, Samhain Publishing
Series Contemporary: Joanne Grant, Mills & Boon
Young Adult: Elaine Spencer, Knight Agency
2011 Grand Prize (Agent Read): Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Judith Ehrlich Literary Agency
Cleveland Rocks Romance: Deadline February 1. All electronic. Computer word count is used. Submit the first 6000 to 7000 words.
Contemporary Series/Category Romance--Laura Barth, Harlequin
Single Title Contemporary Romance--Alicia Condon, Kensington
Historical Romance--Rebecca Strauss, McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency
Mainstream with Romantic Elements--Holly Blanck, St. Martins Press
Paranormal Romance--Ethan Ellenberg, Ellenberg Literary Agency
Romantic Suspense--Whitney Ross, Tor
Young Adult--Jennifer Schober, Spencerhill Associates
Fire and Ice: Contest opens January 1st. Deadline February 16th. Entry consists of the first 25 pages. This is an electronic contest.
Single Title Romance- Angela James, Carina Press
Series Romance- Victoria Curran, Harlequin Superromance
Historical Romance- Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Women's Fiction w/Romantic Elements-Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing
Paranormal Romance-Lindsey Faber, Samhain Publishing
Young Adult Romance- Naomi Hackenberg, Elaine English Agency
Published Author Contests
Contests for books with a copyright date from January 2010 to December 2010.
The Colorado Award of Excellence: EXTENDED TO January 22.
The Write Touch Reader's Award:Deadline January 11. EXTENDED!
The Golden Quill:Deadline January 10.Bookseller's Best Award: Deadline January 15.
Judge a Book by Its Cover: Deadline January 15.
The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence: Deadline January 15.
Winter Rose Award of Excellence: Deadline January 22.Reader's Choice Bean Pot: Postmark Deadline January 24.
The Holt Medallion: Deadline January 31.
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 Elaine Spencer of The Knight Literary Agency.
IDAHOPE Christian Fiction Writer's Annual Fiction-Writing Contest!
Mail the first 1,000 words of your current work-in-progress (novel or short story) or a completed story up to 1,000 words in length, along with a check in the amount of $10.00 (members) or $15.00 (non-members). Deadline January 31.
1st Prize — B&N Nook Reader
2nd Prize — $50 B&N gift certificate
3rd Prize — $25 B&N gift certificate
Every entry “wins” judges’ comments!
And finally, check this out....
Jayne Ann Krentz essay contest about romance novels. Ongoing!