Friday, June 29, 2012

July Contest Update

Welcome to another contest update.

The prize vault is open and one reader commenter gets a surprise Seeker book and one writer commenter wins a paperback copy of The Emotional Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.

Published  Author Contests

Published Beacon Award, Deadline June 30.

 Unpublished Author Contests

Put Your Heart In A Book. Deadline July 1. Electronic. Submit the FIRST chapter of your manuscript (with or without a prologue), along with a synopsis. Submission should not exceed thirty pages total, including chapter and synopsis.
Short Contemporary
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Silhouette Special Edition
Multi-published Author: Leanne Banks

Single-Title Contemporary
Agent: Jessica Alvarez, Bookends
Editor: LaToya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Multi-published Author: Susan Wiggs

Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan Sandford, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Editor: Tessa Woodward, Avon Books
Multi-published Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Editor: Junessa Viloria, Ballantine/Ivy
Multi-published Author: Heather Graham

Romantic Elements
Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency
Editor: Aubrey Poole, Sourcebooks
Multi-published author: Lisa Verge Higgins

Young Adult Romance
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Editor: Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing
Multi-published author: May McGoldrick

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal-Lyons Agency
Editor: Elizabeth Bass, Carina Press
Multi-published author: Mary Burton

Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest. Deadline July 6. Electronic. Submission consists of the first  5,000 words of your manuscript (judged) and one (1) Electronic Synopsis of no more than 500 words (not judged) in the same document.Because the synopsis is not judged, it is optional but highly recommended.

Single Title:
Agent: Chelsea M. Gilmore,Maria Carvainis Agency
Editor: Laura Fazio, Penguin
E-Publisher: Jennifer Miller, Samhain

Women’s Fiction:
Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates
Editor: Emily Beth Rapoport, Berkley
E-Publisher: Kimberlee Williams, Vanilla Heart Publishing

Agent: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Victoria Sanders & Associates
Editor: Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin’s Press
E-Publisher: Raelene Gorlinsky, Ellora’s Cave

Agent: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle, Harlequin
E-Publisher: Abby Rose, Lyrical Press

Young Adult:
Agent: Mary Kole, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Editor: Aubrey Poole, SourceBooks
E-Publisher: Nicole Langan, Tribute Books

Louboutin Stiletto Award:
Agent: Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson Literary Agency

Indiana Golden Opportunity. Deadline July 8. Electronic. Each entry shall be no longer than 55 pages. The entry should include a copy of the opening of your manuscript, including prologue if there is one, and a copy of your synopsis (no more than 10 pages).

Historical     Jesse Feldman (NAL)
Mainstream w/ Strong Romantic Elements     Angela James (Carina Press)
Paranormal     Suzie Townsend (Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation)
Romantic Suspense     Aubrey Poole (Sourcebooks)
Single Title     Latoya C. Smith (Grand Centeral
Young Adult*     Anna J. Webman
Erotic Romance     Michele Paulin (Total-E-Bound)
Best-of-the-Best     Meredith Giordan (Berkley)

Hearts of the West. Deadline July 15. Electronic. Enter the opening twenty (20) pages of romance novels of all sub-genres (projected length of at least 50,000 words). Contest is open to published and unpublished authors. Unpublished authors are ranked separately from published authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, uncontracted manuscripts. NOTE: If you have a romance novel published by a traditional publisher OR are self-published, Utah RWA Considers you to be published.
  Contemporary, Jennifer Lawler, Crimson Publishing
  Historical, Rachael Ekstrom, Irene Goodman Literary and Film Agency
  Paranormal, Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency
  Mystery/Suspense, Loretta Barrett , Loretta Barret Literary Agency
  Young Adult, Adrienne Rosado, NY Literary
  Published, Cheryl Pientka, Jill Grinburg Literary Managers
  Golden Pen, (for URWA members only) Anita Mumm, Kristen Nelson Agency

 7th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest.
***PLEASE NOTE**Extended from an original due date of July 15 to an  extended due date of August 1, 2012.
NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS. First 5 double-spaced pages. Also, one-page, single-spaced synopsis (not judged).  
Short/Long Series Contemporary, Stacy Holmes, Senior Editor, Yellow Rose Line.
Single Title Contemporary, Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief, The Wild Rose Press
Historical Romance, Allison Byers, Editor, Historical Line
Paranormal, CallieLynn Wolfe, Senior Editor, Black Rose Line
Inspirational, Nicola Martinez, Editor in Chief, Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing.
Novel w/ SRE, Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief, The Wild Rose Press.    
Romantic Suspense, Lori Graham, Senior Editor for Crimson Rose.
Erotic Romance, Diana Carlile, Senior Editor, Scarlet Rose Line.

The 2012 Golden Rose Contest. Deadline August 1. Electronic. Accepting entries up to a maximum of fifty (50) pages including prologue (if any). Your entry may include an optional non-judged two-page synopsis. The synopsis does not count toward the 50-page maximum for the manuscript, however the synopsis cannot exceed two pages even if the manuscript is shorter than 50 pages.
Contemporary Series Romance-Roberta Brown, Roberta Brown Literary Agency
Contemporary Single Title-Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing
Historical-Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon/HarperCollins
Mainstream Novel w/ SRE-Sarah E. Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency
Paranormal-Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency
Romantic Suspense-Aubrey Poole, Sourcebooks
Young Adult-Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

The Golden Pen. Deadline August 15. Early bird deadline July 15. Electronic. A Golden Pen contest entry shall include a synopsis (not to exceed fifteen pages) plus the first consecutive pages of the manuscript in one document, together totaling not more than fifty-five pages.
 Contemporary Single Title Romance – Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks Inc.
 Inspirational Romance – Melissa Endlich, Steeple Hill
 Novel with Strong Romantic Elements – Valerie Gray, MIRA Books and SPICE Books
 Paranormal Romance – Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing Group
 Romantic Suspense – Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press
 Series Romance– Susan Litman, Harlequin Enterprises
 Historical Romance– Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group
 Young Adult Romance – Regina Griffin, Egmont USA

Fun for Everyone Contests

  Deadline is August 31 for the...Wow! Women on Writing Summer 2012 Flash Fiction Contest.

Word Count:
Maximum: 750, Minimum: 250 OPEN PROMPT! Open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That's not to say that the guest judge will feel the same... so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, have some 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 Maria Lamba.

 FamilyFiction CREATE Romance Short-Short Fiction Competition is now accepting Submissions. Deadline July 31st 2012. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced in the November 20 issue of FamilyFiction Weekly. Submit an original short (1000 words or less) romance story  along with their twenty-five dollar ($25.00) entry fee.  Entrants may enter as many times as they choose, as long as a separate entry form is used for each story entered, and a separate entry fee is paid. Check out the prize info here.

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.

Enter the Guideposts Writers Workshop Contest!  
Deadline June 20. "Win a week with us at the Guideposts Writers Workshop, all expenses paid! We’ll teach you everything we know about inspirational storytelling. Your story could end up in our magazine and on our websites. We’re looking for true, first-person stories, not sermons or essays. It can be your own story or something you’ve written for someone else. Study the magazine. Get a feel for our style. We’ll pick 12 of you for the Workshop in Port Orchard, Washington, October 15-19, 2012."

How to apply: Submit an original, unpublished, true, first-person story in 2,000 words or less, typewritten and double-spaced, about an experience that changed your life. Show how faithful living has made a difference. Or you can ghostwrite for someone else. Tell us about yourself and your writing experience.

The Fifth Annual, Real Simple, Life Lessons Essay Contest.

When did you first understand the meaning of love? Maybe you were a child, witnessing a generous act by your father or mother. Maybe the lesson came later, as you grappled with the challenges of being a friend, a spouse, or a parent yourself. Whatever made you understand love—and yourself—better, tell us about it.

Enter Real Simple’s Fifth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could:
  • Have your essay published in Real Simple
  • Win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors
  • Receive a prize of $3,000

To enter, send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on May 12, 2012, and runs through 11:50 p.m. EST on September 13, 2012. All submitted essays must be nonfiction. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.) Click here to see complete contest rules.

And remember, the contest update remains available on the Seeker web page all month long. 


  1. Very Informative... I actually entered a contest this week the EPIC contest. For Electronic Publishing...

  2. Have recently entered two contests. Don't know if I'm ready for another.

  3. I know, I know. You can't win if you don't enter. But I've only entered a couple of contests this past year.

    Maybe after I finish the two projects I'm working on.

    The coffee pot's all set.


  4. Thanks for the contest update, Tina. I hardily recommend the Put Your Heart in a Book contest by the NJRW. It's been very good to me...

  5. I am so thankful for these monthly contest updates!

    Back on March's contest update, I think, I had previously decided no to do any contests beside the Genesis this year, but then when your update popped up, I remembered I had a certificate for a Fool For Love entry b/c I finaled last year, so I threw in my finished book last minute. (And then went contest happy),
    but then....

    I won . . . .

    and the editor asked me for the full. . . ..


    Natasha....Kern.....just CALLED ME! When the papers arrive and I can find a pen in this house (must locate pink Seekerville pen before then) I will have signed with my dream agent!


    So, um THANKS ever so much for these, I wouldn't have gotten that call today if it weren't for Seekerville! And I'm NOT lying!

  6. Thanks for the update as always!!!

    Think I'm contested out for a while though.

    [Who's going to be at the FHL meeting next month? Anyone?]

    And now I gotta read Cheryl's Doctor's Devotion before I devote chunks of the weekend to writing...

  7. YAY! again Melissa!!! Don't think I knew the editor asked for the full! That's great!!!

  8. Such a treasure trove from the beach!

    Thank you Tina!!!

    Way to go folks posting before me... :)

    I'm celebrating with Melissa!!!
    That is THE BEST! Congratulations lady!!!

    For my news, I Just hit "SEND" for the 2nd round of edits on my WIP. So excited! It's the sequel and May gets into lots of fun trouble in Paris!

    So - I'll have a cup of fabulous coffee, thanks and I've brought some apple puff pastries. Yummo.

  9. Heehee!! I had to pop in here to say AGAIN congrats to Melissa!!

    I was praying all last week for you and was dying to hear whether you'd heard from her... but didn't want to nag.Like when hyou're going to have a baby and people keep asking, 'Did you have it?? Did you have it??'

    Smiling hugely.

  10. M-E-L-I-S-S-A!!



  11. Melissa, I was traveling yesterday and missed your news.

    Congratulations! What an amazing feeling. Are you sill floating? Find that pen!

  12. What a great contest update, Teenster! Thank you!

    I'm grabbing coffee... got me some grandbabies here for the next few days and I didn't even get over here yesterday to annoy CARA....

    CARA!!!! Sorry!!!!! Xavier was running a fever and I couldn't sneak back. Shoulda done it in the morning....

    I love contests. They do not always love me. I don't care. Loved or dissed, I know I'm destined to lose every contest I don't enter, right?

    Therefore the law of averages says go for it, ya' only go 'round once in this life.

    Gotta be big and brave and bold.

  13. Oh, Melissa Jagears, I am so stinkin' happy for you!

    Happy dancing in upstate New York!!! The neighbors are calling the sheriff, wonderin' at the ruckus!

    You go, girl!

    If you look north, you will see my toothy grin flashing like a beacon in the night. Except it's morning. Still... The sun is likely to reflect off my teeth, so it still works, LOL!


  14. No guts, no glory. Way to go Seekervillians!!!!

  15. Congratulations, Melissa!

    We're all pulling (and praying) for you, you know!

  16. After last month's contest update, I submitted entered three of the contests listed.

    Okay, I was working on an entry for the Guideposts contest at the time, but I dug out a two of my short stories, and they are now entered in contests!

  17. Good morning Seekerville :)
    Congrats to those who've won!


  18. MELISSA J!!!! CONGRATULATIONS on joining those of us represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency! Be sure to have someone take your picture as you sign the contract with your Seeker pen!!! You're going to LOVE working with Natasha!

    I see that The Golden Pen has an inspirational category judged by Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich. It's this contest that I entered in 2008, won first place and a request for a full--and soon thereafter a contract!! It's a great contest because the judges can actually see your synosis and 3 chapters, just like a standard proposal.

  19. Thanks for another contest update, Tina. Need to polish a couple of manuscripts and enter them *sigh*. ~ Hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend. I've brought a Georgia Pecan Pie to share for later on (unless you're like me, and can eat pie for breakfast, LOL). Hugs from Georgia (where we're expecting 108 degrees in some areas*gasp*), Patti Jo

  20. p.s. Just read Melissa J's post---WOW!!! Congrats on signing with your dream agent!!! ~ Blessings, PJ

  21. Melissa!!!!! Wahoo!!! Congratulations on signing with Natasha!! I'm thrilled for you!!

    Great Contest Update, Tina! Love all the photos of shells. I collect them like a little kid. Have bought a couple of bigger shells. They connect me to happy memories and the beautiful Gulf.



    Oh my gosh, totally fantastic news!!!

    I'm thrilled for you. Natasha is a dynamo!!! She wouldn't have taken you on if she didn't LOVE your work and know it would sell. Plus, she builds careers so get ready for lots of success. Hard work, too, of course. But the doors you've been pushing on are opening. YAY!!!! :)

    Dancing in GA!!!

  23. Tina, thanks for bringing so much contest info to our fingertips. You're wonderful!


    Happy Friday, everyone!

  24. Carol, I'm planning to attend the FHL meeting. You'll be there?

  25. It is amazing on how many contests there are.
    Thank you for putting this together. Interesting to see!

  26. Yay for you, Melissa! Go Girl!

    SHE IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

  28. Oh, congrats, Melissa on the Fool for Love win and the editor request, too. :)

    Sorry not to mention those before in my crazed comment. LOL

  29. Yay, Melissa!

    Now THAT'S the way to roll :)

    But one thing disturbs me about your comment - you have to FIND your Seekerville pink pen? Isn't it in a place of honor, far out of the reach of small people who might use it less than honorably?

    Or maybe you just hid it too well...

  30. Congratulations, Melissa, on your agent signing.

    Lots of contests out there. Can get overwhelming. The deadlines seem to fly by. But good news is lots of opportunity.

  31. Thanks for the info - contests can be so stressful but then it's over and life goes on - a little different from submitting a book proposal

  32. Debby - No - but I'm a TBL finalist and need someone on the inside to keep me posted ;).

  33. We obviously need to send Melissa a pink pen.

  34. Keep your eye on the prize. Today's giveaway is the Emotion Thesaurus. I can be persuaded to toss in a pink pen as well.

  35. Debby and Sandra are attending the FHL meeting. They could text you the results.

    (text me too so I can announce it in Seekerville)

    Is anyone a Finally a Bride finalist? They announce that at Nationals too.

  36. Popping in to add my Congratulations to Melissa! Way to go!!! I'm sure it won't be long and we'll be celebrating your first sale!!!

    Thanks for the contest update. Still thinking about it...

    Love to win the Emotional Thesaurus!

    Have a great weekend! It's our Canada Day long weekend, so looking forward to relaxing! And editing! Happy early 4th to everyone!

    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

  37. The pink pen has been located. But if I win the thesaurus it might be a good idea to throw in another one. :)

    And Jan, their reach keeps getting longer and they keep getting into new stuff that when I think something is safe.....

    It's now on top of the bookshelf so hopefully it will stay there...I do have cats though.

  38. Thanks for all the congrats, I'm excited and terrified at the same time, I think Mary Connealy was channeling that for me.

  39. Congratulations, Melissa, for getting an agent!!!! I'll bet you'll soon be announcing a sale.

    Congratulations to everyone who entered a contest.

  40. Happy Canada Day. So when I think of Canada Day I am transported to the start of a hockey games and the singing of O Canada. You have a really great National Anthem.

    Cute hockey players as well.

  41. Excellent update, Tina!! Thanks for sharing. I'm inspired to enter one more contest now. :)

  42. I love hearing all the good news for Seekerville.

    Congrats Melissa on the agent.

    I'll pass this month on the contests until I complete my curent wip, but good luck to all those who enter.


    ps Yes, Tina, please give away another pink pen.

  43. Super excited for you, Melissa! And happy you found the pink pen! =) Can't wait to see what God has in store for you! It's fascinating and a little scary when God starts opening doors. Stay strong.

    Have any of you seen the book trailer for Jocelyn Green's Wedded to War? Just watched it last night. It's epic! I wasn't planning on getting the book until I saw the trailer. Wow! It's a mini movie in itself. I put a link to it on my facebook wall - - and it's also on Facebook's The Book Club Network.

    Hope everyone has a safe (and cooler) holiday week. Happy Independence celebrations!

  44. Oh, and don't enter me into the drawing for the Emotion Thesaurus. I already have a copy =)

  45. Congrats Melissa! That is so awesome.

    Have to pass on the contests until I finish this ms for Emily Rodmell.

    Soon hopefully...

  46. Melissa, that's SO EXCITING!!! We now share an agent!! Woo hoo! Congrats!

  47. Melissa already knows how psyched I am for her. Yay!

    I have not entered any contests, but I like that the update keeps them in my mind.

    I'd love to win the Thesaurus, and I can never have too many pens.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

  48. Congratulations Mellisa!! That is so exciting.

    If anyone here reviews books for Booksneeze Cara's A Path Toward Love is up for grabs on the 18th. I'll be staying up till midnight on the 17th to make sure I get one before they're all gone.

  49. Melissa has an agent! Her dream agent!! I am sooo happy for you!

    Seems like every day there is something exciting happening here!

    Please enter me for the Emotional Thesaurus. I've been wanting it.

  50. Thanks for this great list.

    Is the best thing to lick you wounds from the last contest or plunge into a new contest? (After fixing some things.)

    I hope you all have a great weekend!

    Jackie L.

  51. Jamie - thanks for reminding me! Remind me again so I can stay up and grab it too?!

    And if Debby or Sandra wanted to text me results, well, I'd be okay with that ;).

  52. Oh, and my pink pen is hanging on my shoe rack thingie on the back of my closet door still in the loop of my name tag from conference. Saving it for something super special like an agent or contract.

  53. I just mailed off my Beacon entry. Thanks for the reminder, Tina.

    Carol, we'll talk! :)

  54. Friday. Friday. Friday is my favorite DAY!@!!!

  55. MELISSA!! What wonderful, exciting, tremendous, fantastic, marvelous (it's stop now or I'll have to grab my thesaurus) news! A well-deserved accomplishment. Kudos.

    Good luck to Tina P. with the EPIC and Debby with the Beacon.

    K.C. Cool that the edits are in.

    I just love checking in and seeing good news.

    Tina, see what your contest update can lead to? :-)

    Nancy C

  56. I'm REALLY wanting the emotion thesaurus. PLEASE include me in the giveaway :)

    I'm gonna be entering my nonfiction in Write Integrity Press's "One Hope" contest - hopefully in the next couple days, cuz the early bird fee goes up on Sunday.

    Thanks for this, ladies!!

  57. Sure thing Carol!
    We can help each other stay up all night and be the first in line for the book :)

  58. Awe, Jackie, I just saw your comment.

    Yes, get back on that horse!!!