Welcome to Day 28 of Speedbo and time for another Seekerville Contest Update.
So, what do you think about this trend?
As you peruse the contests, note the trend toward
allowing published authors to entercontests previously unpublished authors only.
So, what do you think about this trend?
Published Author Contests
International Digital Awards. OKRWA. Open to all works of fiction in English with original copyright date in 2010 or 2011 that are available only in digital format; entries capped at 100 per category. Deadline May 1.
The Maggies. Published Division. Deadline May 10.
Unpublished Author Contests
Southern Heat. Deadline March 31, 2012.All electronic.Entries include the FIRST 15 PAGES plus a 5-page max double-spaced synopsis.
Ethan Ellenberg - Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Ann Leslie Tuttle - Senior Editor, Harlequin Paranormal
Courtney Miller-Callihan – Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Laura Bradford – Bradford Literary Agency
Contemporary Single Title
Rebecca Strause – McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Rhonda Penders – The Wild Rose Press
Mary Sue Seymour – The Seymour Agency
Melissa Endlich - Senior Editor, Harlequin Inspirational
Nicole Resciniti– The Seymour Agency
Alicia Condon – Kensington Books
Aubrey Poole – Sourcebook
Maria Carvainis – Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc
Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency
Leticia Gomez, Sawy Literary Services
Query Quandry Contest. Deadline April 1. All electronic. Queries must be constructed in standard query format and must be no longer than one page. For purposes of the contest, please use a generic "Dear Agent" or "Dear Editor" greeting. For a closing, in place of your name, please use "Author." Do NOT use a pseudonym or make up a name for purposes of the contest, as it only serves to confuse final judges. Amazon gift cards for all first-place finishers and the Grand Finalist.
•Historical: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford Greenburger Associates
•Contemporary Series: Charles Griemsman, Harlequin Enterprises
•Contemporary Single Title: Lauren Ruth, BookEnds, LLC
•Mystery/Suspense: Patience Bloom, Harlequin Enterprises
•YA: Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
•Paranormal: Esi Sogah, AVON/HarperCollins
•Erotica: Christa Desir, Samhain Publishing
Touched By Love. Deadline April 1. All Electronic. The total attached submission is to be no more than 32 double-spaced pages with up to 30 pages of the beginning of the manuscript and a synopsis of not more than two pages (synopsis is not judged).
Finalists will receive the opportunity to have their entry judged by five published inspirational authors. Scores will be averaged in order to establish a winner. The winner will be announced at the 2012 RWA National Conference. There will be three finalists in the three categories. There will be a winner in each category and an overall winner from the three categories.
The overall winner chosen from the three winners of the categories will receive a critique of their entry by an editor and $100 toward any writing related expense paid within one year of the end of the TBL contest.
Critiquing Editor for 2012 is Raela Schoenherr of Bethany House Publishers
The remaining two First place category winners will receive $75 toward any writing related expense paid within one year of the end of the TBL contestcontest and NEW THIS YEAR, 1st place category entries will be sent to editor to review (not critique). Â Second place winners will receive $50 toward any writing related expense paid within one year of the end of the TBL contest. Third place winners will receive $25 toward any writing related expense paid within one year of the end of the TBL contest. Writing expenses include the Golden Heart or other writing contest entry fee, conference fees, National RWA dues, etc. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Royal Ascot. Deadline April 6. Electronic contest. All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840. Entry length limited to 7,000 words (determined by computer word count) from the beginning of the manuscript. An optional 500 word synopsis may be included.
Categories are utilized for the first round only:
Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set)
Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency, at author's discretion)
Wild Regency (Paranormal, Time Travel, other similar Regency)
Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, Young Adult or other without explicit sex)
Final Round Judges
Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary
Louise Fury, L Perkins Agency
Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates
Editors Lauren Plude, Hachette Book Group
Angela Polidoro, Random House
Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
The Sheila. Deadline April 7. All electronic.Participation is open to all RWA members, published and unpublished, who have not published a full-length novel (40K words or more) in the category entered at the time of the contest deadline and within the past five years. Submission-the beginning of manuscript, and synopsis (up to 5 pages). The manuscript and synopsis may not exceed 35 total pages.
Single Title Romance:
Emilia Pisani, Gallery Books
Historical (short or long and Regencies):
Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press
Leah Hultenschmidt, SourceBooks
Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements/Chick Lit:
Alex Logan, Grand Central
Katherine Pelz, The Berkley Publishing Group
Wendy Loggia, Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books
The Orange Rose. Electronic. Deadline April 14. One of the few 50 page and synopsis contests out there. But the judging is a little different so read the rules carefully. Entries include, ONE document (.RTF) that is 50 pages in total maximum, which includes the first chapters of the manuscript and a synopsis – manuscript pages should be first. Finalists are chosen by their overall score, NOT by category. A finalist’s manuscript must be among the top ten scoring manuscripts, eleven in case of a tie, that receive a minimum of 85% of the possible points.Finalist manuscripts to be read by three acquiring editors and/or acquiring agents ; their scores to be averaged to determine the winners.
Categories (Judges not provided.)
Contemporary Category Romance
Mainstream with Romantic Elements
Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy Romancce
Historical & Regency Romance
Young Adult Romance
Single Title Romance (over 70,000 words
Duel on the Delta. Electronic. Deadline April 15. The first twenty (20) pages. Additional pages will not be judged. You may include an optional one-page, single-spaced synopsis.
Contemporary - Aubrey Pope, Sourcebooks
Erotic - Angela James, Carina Press
Historical - Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press
Inspirational - Sarah Long, Bethany House
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy - Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literacy Agency
Romantic Suspense - Liz Bass, Carina Press
Young Adult - Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing
Tara. Electronic. Deadline May 1st. Entries include the first chapter, 4,000 words max (actual word count), including prologue if applicable.Note: Per editor request, finalists must include a synopsis of up to 1,500 words at the time they submit revised entry for final judging.The TARA Contest is open to unpublished and published authors of novel length fiction, however the entry must be the author's original work, unpublished and not contracted as of the time of the contest deadline.
Series Contemporary-Brenda Chin- Harlequin
Inspirational-Natalie Hanemann-Thomas Nelson
Paranormal-Elizabeth Bistrow -New American Library
Romantic Suspense-Emilia Pisani-Pocket Books
Single Title-Sue Grimshaw-Random House
Women's Fiction-Lauren Plude-Grand Central
The 2012 Annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest. Contest opens April 1 and the deadline is June 1. Submission is the first twenty pages and an 8 page synopsis. Categories include: romance, mystery, speculative fiction, action/thriller and mainstream fiction. Five category winners receive a $100 dollar prize. Final judge is an acquiring agent or editor. Check out the website for a contest instruction video!
2012 Family Circle Fiction Contest. Contest begins March 1, 2012, and ends September 7, 2012. Entries must be postmarked on or before September 7, 2012, and received by September 14,2012.Submit an original (written by entrant), fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words. Entries must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Cash prizes.
Thanks to Stephie Smith for this lead:
Coffee and Cream Publishing's Spring Romantic Fiction Contest. Deadline April 30th. Short stories with interracial and/or multicultural characters.Short stories between 7,000 and 20,000 words. Cash prizes. Categories:Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Christian,Young Adult.
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