Welcome to the August Contest Update.
ONLY FIVE MONTHS LEFT UNTIL 2014!
What have you done to make your dream come true?
Published Author Contests
2013 Lories Best Published Contest. Deadline August 10, 2013.
Show Me Your Covers. Deadline August 31, 2013.
VCRW Laurel Wreath Contest. Deadline August 31, 2013.
Unpublished Author Contests
The Dixie Kane Memorial Contest. Deadline EXTENDED TO JULY 31.. Entrants do not need to be members of RWA to enter. Open to published and unpublished authors.Entry: First 5 double-spaced pages. Also, one-page single-spaced synopsis (not judged).
***No electronic submissions. ***.
Final Readers for first place entries:
Short/Long Series Contemporary, Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief, The Wild Rose Press
Single Title Contemporary, Kathy Cottrell, Senior Editor Last Rose of Summer, The Wild Rose Press
Historical Romance, Allison Byers, Editor Historical Division, The Wild Rose Press
Paranormal, CallieLynn Wolfe, Senior Editor Black Rose, The Wild Rose Press
Inspirational, Nicola Martinez, Editor-in-Chief, Pelican Book Group
Novel w/ Strong Romantic Elements, Cindy Davis, Editor, The Wild Rose Press
Romantic Suspense, DJ Hendrickson, Editor, Champagne and Crimson Rose, The Wild Rose Press
Erotic Romance, Diana Carlile, Senior Editor, Scarlet Rose Line.
The Golden Rose. Deadline July 31. Early bird rates apply until June 30! The Golden Rose accepts entries up to a maximum of 10,000 words including prologue (if any).
Contemporary Series Romance-Nicole Fischer, Avon/HarperCollins
Contemporary Single Title-Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company
Historical-Jennifer Udden, Donald Maass Agengy
Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements-Emily Ohanjanians, HQN
Paranormal-Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Agency
Romantic Suspense- Eric Ruben, Ruben Agency
Young Adult-Lauren Ruth, Entangled Publishing
The Unpublished Beacon. This contest opens August 1-DEADLINE AUGUST 31. CONTEST ONLY ALLOWS 125 ENTRIES.Open to all authors of romantic fiction. Published authors are eligible to enter any category in which they have not been contracted and/or published in book length fiction (40,000 words and over) in the last 3 years. (Self-published authors are considered published.) Entry: First 25 pages of the manuscript. The entrant may also include an optional 5 page synopsis for a maximum of 30 pages. (Synopsis will not be judged.)
Contemporary Series (except Suspense & Adventure)
Agent: Marisa Corvisiero–Corvisiero Literary Agency
Editor: Christina Brower–NAL/Penguin Group
Agent: Beth Miller–Writers House, LLC
Editor: Linda Ingmanson–Samhain Publishing
Agent: Laura Bradford–Bradford Literary Agency
Editor: Elizabeth Poteet–St. Martin’s Press
Agent: Mary Sue Seymour–The Seymour Agency
Editor: Shana Smith–Harlequin Love Inspired
Editor: Andrea Somberg–Harvey Klinger Inc.
Editor: Kerri-Leigh Grady–Entangled Publishing
Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan–Sanford J. Greenburger
Editor: Allison Lyons–Harlequin Intrigue
Single Title Romance
Agent: Rebecca Strauss–DeFiore & Co
Editor: Kate Dresser–Harlequin Single Title
Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit/Mainstream Romance
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski–3Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Leis Pederson–Berkley/Penguin Group
Young Adult Romance
Agent: Kevan Lyon–Marsal Lyon Agency
Editor: Aubrey Poole–Sourcebooks
The Golden Palm. Deadline August 15. Entry consists of a maximum of 25 pages, double-spaced.
Short/Long Category: Allison Carroll, Harlequin
Single Title Category: Patience Bloom, Senior Editor Harlequin
Historical Category: Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor Sourcebooks
New Adult Category: Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary
Young Adult Category: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreward Literary
Paranormal Category: Ann-Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor Harlequin
The Golden Pen. Note it opens June 1 with a discounted early bird entry fee until July 15. Deadline is August 15. 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.
$35 per entry received on or before midnight EDT July 15.
$40 per entry received on or before midnight EDT August 15.
$5 judging discount for any entrant who is also a first-round judge in a different category.
Contemporary Single Title Romance – Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Inspirational Romance – Melissa Endlich, Love Inspired
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, EgmontUSA
2013 Joyce Henderson Contest (formerly Hold Me! Thrill Me!). Deadline September 1, 2013. Submit the first 20 pages. Need not be RWA member.
Historical: Alicia Condon, Kensington
Young Adult: Annette Pollert, Simon and Schuster
Contemporary: Sue Grimshaw, Random House
Paranormal: Leslie Wainger, Harlequin
Suspense: Rochelle D. French, Entangled Publishing
Hot Prospects Contest. Deadline September 1, 2013.Eligibility: The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work uncontracted and unpublished at the time of entry. Enter: 3-5-page synopsis and up to the first 25 pages of story (30 pages max). Entry or synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.
Categories/Judges: Trained judges for preliminary round, Editors and Agents for final round.
Editor – Esi Sogah - Senior Editor Kensington
Editor – Holly Blanck – St. Martins Press
Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
Assistant Editor – Kelly Quinn, Tor
Assistant Editor – Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group
Editor – Lauren Plude – Editorial Assistant Grand Central Publishing
Editor – Tera Kleinfelter - Samhain
Contemporary Long/Single Title
Editor – Deborah Werksman – Sourcebooks, Inc
Editor – Sue Grimshaw – Random House
Editor - Johanna Raisanen – Harlequin Associate Editor
Editor – Leanne Morgena – Senior Editor, Sweetheart Rose, The Wild Rose Press
Four Seasons Award. Deadline September 1, 2013. Entries must be the first 25 pages of your manuscript in RTF (rich text format). Please do NOT include a synopsis.
Single Title Contemporary
Editor: Michelle Venditti, MIRA
Agent: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency
Editor: Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, Fire, Casablanca
Agent: Anita Mumm, Nelson Literary Agency
Editor: Dana Hamilton, Harlequin Intrigue
Agent Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Editor: Elizabeth Mazer, Harlequin Love Inspired
Agent: Amanda Luedke, MacGregor Literary.
Editor: To be announced
Agent: Jita Fumich, Folio Literary
Fiction from the Heartland. Deadline September 2, 2013. Entry consists of the first 10,000 words, including any prologue and synopsis. SYNOPSIS IS REQUIRED.
Category Romance: Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin
Contemporary Single Title: Kate Dresser, Harlequin
Historical: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Romantic Suspense: Patience Bloom, Harlequin
Paranormal: Esi Sogah, Kensington
Erotic Romance: Leis Pederson, Berkeley
Young Adult Romance/New Adult Romance:Karen Grove, Entangled
Inspirational: David Long, Bethany House
Shira Hoffman, McIntosh and Otis
Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary Agency
Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Deidre Knight, The Knight Agency
Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency
Melody of Love. Deadline September 7, 2013. Entry consists of manuscript’s first 25 (or fewer) pages, no synopsis,
Author may be unpublished or published, but manuscript being entered cannot have been published and cannot be currently contracted to be published via any means at any time, including self or subsidy publishing.
Manuscript should be a romance or romantic elements novel of 40,000 words or more.
CONTEMPORARY judged by Agent Pamela Harty of The Knight Agency
HISTORICAL judged by Editor Kerri Buckley of Carina Press
PARANORMAL judged by Editor Candace Havens of Entangled Publishing
YOUNG ADULT judged by Editor Heather Howland of Entangled Publishing
We welcome entries in the optional sub-genres of Romantic Elements, Erotic, Inspirational, and New Adult
Wow! Women on Writing Summer 2012 Flash Fiction Contest. Deadline August 31.
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 Corsiviero.
The Family Circle 2013 Fiction Writing Contest. Deadline September 16, 2013. Submit an original (written by entrant), fictional short story of no more than 2,500 words (typed, double-spaced and page numbered on 8-1/2 x 11 paper), including your full name, mailing address, daytime telephone number (including area code) and e-mail address (optional) on each page by mailing story in an envelope with proper postage affixed to: Family Circle Fiction Writing Contest.Grand Prize (1): A prize package including a check in the amount of $1,000.00.
The Sixth Annual, Real Simple, Life Lessons Essay Contest.
Maybe, in the course of your life, you’ve had an Erin Brockovich moment: say, the time you stood up to a bully in second grade, or the day you ended a long-standing friendship that had turned toxic. Or maybe your acts of courage have been less dramatic but no less powerful: moving to a new country. Daring to fall in love a second time around. Leaving a settled career to embark on a risky new venture. Whatever your story, share it with us.
Enter Real Simple’s sixth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline September 19.
Our August Contest Diva is Nancy Kimball.
2013 ACFW Genesis Finalist - Historical Romance
2012 Phoenix Rattler Finalist - Historical Romance
2012 ACFW Genesis Finalist - Historical
2012 Writers on the Storm Flash Fiction Contest - 2nd Place
2012 Clash of the Titles Clash Champion - April 2012
2011 Phoenix Rattler 4th Place - Historical
2011 Writers on the Storm Cat 5 Contest - General Fiction Category Winner
2011 Karen Witemeyer Fan Fiction Challenge - Winner
"Contests have been essential to my growth as an author. When the results of my first contest were returned in 2011, every score was below 50% and the most painful comment ended with “start over.” After packing my emotional wounds with chocolate and bandaging them with Daddy didn't raise any quitters, I vowed to never again suffer that kind of blow to my self-esteem. I joined a critique group through ACFW. I checked out every book my local library carried on fiction craft. I kept reading Seekerville and other writer blogs daily until I understood every comment and scoring element in those miserable results. A few months and two contests later, that same story won my first award and went on to final in Genesis that year. Another eighteen months and I've earned a few more feathers for my literary haberdashery, including another Genesis final and being named the August Contest Diva. That's a pretty nice hat to be able to tip to the One who continues to bless my efforts and humble me when I need it. (Like when both of my entries I was sure would final in First Impressions last year… didn’t.)
Beyond improving my writing and attracting positive industry attention, contests have other benefits. They force me to make smarter financial choices to free up contest fees. They urge me to better manage my time to avoid deadline scrambles. As a judge and now a contest organizer, to appreciate more those who made my opportunities possible and give back by doing the same for others. That’s the real prize."
The prize vault is open and this month's prize is a Beach Read Surprise Package.
Comment today and let us know you want your name entered. And remember, the contest update remains available on the Seeker web page all month long.
We leave you with a picture of Rita Finalist Missy Tippens and Seekerville Contest Diva Annie Rains from RWA 2013.
Tina Radcliffe is a mild mannered hermit who writes Inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired as Tina Radcliffe and romantic comedy as Tina Russo. You can find her at www.tinaradcliffe.com
Her latest release from Love Inspired is Mending the Doctor's Heart. Her first Indie release, The Rosetti Curse, will be available late August 2013.
And keep your eye on the newsstands. Her latest short romantic fiction for Woman's World will be available in the August 22 issue.