Friday, April 29, 2011
May Contest Update
I love May because here in the West we're just beginning to see spring. The buds on the trees are swollen and ready to burst into bloom. (oddly enough we had snow on Wednesday) Mysterious things are peeking up from the ground: peonies, daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinth.
The spring of contest season is also about to begin. If you didn't final in the Golden Heart or the Genesis, put away your story and start something new. All things are possible with upcoming contests and a new manuscript in hand.
Today the contest vault is open and we are giving away a copy of Mary Connealy's latest release from Barbour, Deep Trouble (release date May 1st) to one visitor.
Just say hi and leave a valid email address or have a working link back to your email address to enter. If I can't reach you then the prize goes back in the vault.
TARA. Deadline May 1st. Electronic entries. The first chapter, 4,000 words max (actual word count), including prologue if applicable. *Word count will be verified. No part of a second or any additional chapters will be judged. Per editor request, finalists must include a synopsis of up to 1,500 words at the time they submit revised entry for final judging.
Series Contemporary: Brenda Chin, Harlequin
Historical: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Paranormal: Elizabeth Bistrow, NAL
Single Title: Lauren Plude, Grand Central
Women's Fiction: Holly Blanck, St. Martin's Press
Romantic Suspense: Emilia Pisani, Pocket Books
Inspirational: Natalie Hanemann, Thomas Nelson
The Molly. May 15th deadline. Pretty hefty entry fee for an electronic contest: non HODRW members:$35, non RWA members $40. Ouch! First (up to) thirty (30) pages of your manuscript. This can be a combination of Prologue plus Chapter One+, but 30 pages maximum.
Final Round Judges:
Contemporary: Susan Litman, Harlequin
Historical: Katherine N Pelz, Penguin Group
Paranormal/TimeTravel/Futuristic: Meredith Giordan, Berkley Publishing Group
Young Adult: Elizabeth Bistrow, NAL
Single Title: Rebecca Strauss, MacIntosh & Otis Literary Agents
Romantic Suspense: Whitney Ross, Tor Books
Ignite The Flame. Deadline May 16th. Accepts electronic and print submissions. Your entry should be the scene of your hero and heroine's first meeting or reunion (up to 15 pages). You may also submit an optional, non-judged one-page set-up providing necessary background for the first-meeting, as a page within your attached submission.
Laura Bradford: Young Adult (Agent at Bradford Literary Agency)
Deb Werksman: Historical Romance (Editor at Sourcebooks)
Charles Griesman: Category-Length Contemporary (Editor at Harlequin)
Marlene Stringer: Suspense Romance (Agent at Stringer Literary Agency LLC)
Susannah Taylor: Single Title (Agent at Richard Henshaw Group)
Leis Pederson: Paranormal Romance (Editor at Berkley Publishing Group)
Lindsey Faber: Erotic Romance (Editor at Samhain Publishing)
The Emerald City Opener. Deadline is May 31st for this electronic ONLY contest. "Submit your polished (think sparkling) first seven pages of your manuscript to enter. Your novel's opening hook." Categories are listed but not names of finalist editors and/or agents, however they do mention that the finalist judges will be at their conference. (Bummer-don't they know this is how we decide where to spend our bucks?)
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 and new for 2011, YA. Each category winners receive a $100 dollar prize. Final judge is an acquiring agent or editor. Check out the website for a contest instruction video!
The Catherine (formerly the Original Golden Opportunity Contest). Deadline June 1. Entry consists of the first 30 pages, including the synopsis, but not including the cover sheet. Electronic entries.
Final Round Judges
Contemporary Series Romance – Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin
Contemporary Single Title Romance – Margo Lipschultz, HQN
Historical Romance – Katherine Pelz, Berkley
Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic – Esi Sogah, Avon
Romantic Suspense – Leis Pederson, Berkley
Strong Romantic Elements – Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin's
Young Adult – Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children's Books
Gold Ticket Round: Category winners are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson from the Nelson Literary Agency. The Gold Ticket winner will receive a three-chapter critique by New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. WOW, Love this!!!
The Lone Star. Deadline June 8. All electronic contest. First 25 pages, including prologue, if desired.Early bird entry: $5 discount on all entries submitted by midnight May 25, 2011. What a bang for your buck with editor and agent judge and early bird discount.
Editor: Rachel Burkot - Harlequin
Agent : Kimberly Shumate – Living Word Literary Agency
Epublisher: Nicola Martinez – White Rose Publishing
Young Adult Category:
Editor: Kat O'Shea – Leap Books
Agent: Susan Hawk – The Bent Agency
Epublisher: Meghan M. Conrad – Ellora's Cave
Romantic Suspense Category:
Editor: Katherine Pelz – The Penguin Group
Agent: Tina Tsallas – Great Titles, Inc.
Epublisher: Kelli Collins – Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Series Category:
Editor: Wanda Ottewell – Harlequin
Agent: Pam Strickler – Pam Strickler Author Management
Epublisher: Lori Graham – Wild Rose Press
Single Title Category:
Editor: Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski – 3 Seas Literary Agency
Epublisher: Leanne Morgena – Wild Rose Press
Editor: Junessa Viloria – Random House
Agent: Sara Megibow – Nelson Literary Agency
Epublisher: Susan Yates – Wild Rose Press
Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Category:
Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle – Harlequin
Agent: Jill Marsal – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Epublisher: Raelene Garlinsky – Ellora’s Cave
The Maggies Unpublished Division. Now open for entries. Deadline June 10. All electronic. Limited to 70 entries in each category. The Maggie is a highly prestigious contest and not for beginners. Entrants do not receive scores. Entry to consist of synopsis and prologue (if applicable) and first chapter(s). Total number of pages may not exceed 35 per entry. Judges TBA
Single Title–Holly Blanck, Editor, St. Martins Press*
Series Contemporary–Victoria Curran, Editor, Harlequin*
Inspirational–Charlene Patterson, Editor, Bethany House*
Historical–Tessa Woodward, Editor, Avon
Paranormal–Claire Eddy, Sr. Editor, Tor
Young Adult–Leah Hultenschmidt, Editor, Sourcebooks*
*Also attending the 2011 Moonlight & Magnolias conference.
Aspen Gold-Deadline June 4, 2011
The Published Division of the Maggies-Deadline June 8
Heart of Excellence Readers Choice Awards-Deadline June 15, 2011
The 2011 Published Beacon Awards- Will start accepting entries May 1, 2011. Entries must be postmarked by June 30th, 2011.
Just for Fun
Deadline is May 31st 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. Entry cap at 300.
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 Sara Lapolla of Curtis Brown.
Family Circle Fiction Contest. Contest begins March 1, 2011, and ends September 9, 2011. Submit an original (written by entrant), fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words, typed, double-spaced, and page numbered on 8-1/2-x-11 paper. Entries must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. (Nice prizes, btw!)
100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest. Deadline April 18. Cash prizes. Final judge, author Erica Bauermeister.
That's it, but remember...
You don't final in 100 percent of the contests you don't enter!