Welcome to the final Contest Update of 2014. Tell us what your writing plans are for December for a chance to win one of these Seeker Holiday books. Two prizes. One reader and one writer. If you are a writer, tell us how you feel about holiday stories. As always, let us know you want your name tossed in the candy dish!
Published Author Contests
Golden Quill Awards are now open. Deadline January 9. 2015.
National Readers Choice Awards are now open. Deadline January 15, 2015.
Judge a Book by It's Cover. Deadline January 15, 2015. Open to Indies.
Gail Wilson Award of Excellence. Deadline January 15, 2015. Open to Indies.
Holt Medallion. Opens December 1. Deadline January 15, 2015. Open to Indies.
Reader's Choice Bean Pot Award. Deadline February 1, 2015. Open to Indies.
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence. Deadline March 2, 2015.
ACFW Carol Award. Opens January 2, 2015. Deadline March 15, 2015. See Indie Guidelines.
Unpublished Author Contests
2015 RWA Golden Heart® Contest is open as of December 2, 2014. Entered works and related contest fees must be submitted to RWA's contest site by the deadline of January 12, 2015: The Golden Heart contest is open to 1,200 paid entries. Once again Seekerville is offering two entrants in the inspirational category a refund of their entry fee. The goal is to keep that category open. Once you enter, submit proof of entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Share this information with your writer friends. Winners will be announced once RWA announces that the category made it.
ACFW Genesis. Contest opens: January 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM central time. Contest closes: March 15, 2015 at 4:00 PM central time. All contest entries and contest fees must be received by that time. Entry consists of the first 15 pages and a single spaced, one page synopsis. Finalist judges announced in January.
If you are reading this and considering entering the Genesis, and would like your name entered in a drawing for a critique of the first fifteen pages of your manuscript, then send an email to Seekers@Seekerville.net by tonight at 9 pm EST. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.
The Pacific Northwest Literary Association Contest is now accepting entries. Contest closes February, 2, 2015. Cash prizes.
11.children's picture/chapter book
12.adult short topics (articles/essays/memoir)
The Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest. Opens January 1, 2015. Deadline February 14, 2015. For Novella category, submit the first 2000 words of an unpublished work of fiction.For all other categories, submit the first 5000 words of an unpublished work of fiction.A one to two page (max 500 words) synopsis is optional and will not be counted as part of the entry. The synopsis will not be judged.
2014 Categories and Final Judges:
◦Contemporary Romance–Adrienne Macintosh (Harlequin) & Kathleen Rushall (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
◦Historical Romance–Erika Tsang (Avon) & Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency)
◦Paranormal Romance–Mary Altman (Sourcebooks) & Miriam Kriss (Irene Goodman Agency)
◦Erotic Romance–Nina Gooden (Ellora’s Cave) & Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency)
◦Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements–Leis Pederson (Berkley) & Courtney Miller-Callihan (Greenberger Associates)
◦Young Adult/New Adult–Heather Howland (Entangled) & Becca Stumpf (Prospect Agency)
Other Fun Opportunities
Chicken Soup Call Out. Stories about Christmas and the whole holiday season!
Everyone loves holiday stories and that's why our holiday books are so popular. In fact, we create a new edition for Christmas/Hanukah every other year. We are now collecting stories for our Holiday 2015 book and we are defining Christmas as the entire December holiday season, including Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and the New Year's festivities too.
We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. During that time of the year we reunite with scattered family members, watch the wonder in a child's eyes, and feel the joy of giving gifts. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Please share your special stories about the holiday season with us.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 31, 2015. More information here.
Time to introduce our December Contest Diva! Meghan Carver!
ACFW First Impressions 2012 – one submission in Contemporary and one in Romance
ACFW Genesis 2012 – Contemporary category
ACFW Genesis 2013 – two manuscripts in Contemporary category – one Semi-Final
ACFW Genesis 2014 – Semi-Final in Short Novel category (romantic suspense)
Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense Search for a Killer Voice – full manuscript requested
Although I’ve been writing since sixth grade, I began writing my first novel with the aim of publication in January 2011, right around the time of my sixth child’s birth. I know, insane, right? With all the information available online, it didn’t take long to discover contests, especially big ones like the Genesis. And when someone pointed out that entrants received three critiques for only the entry fee, I knew it was a deal, even if only for the feedback. Of course, I dreamed of finaling, but in the beginning, I knew I didn’t have that level of skill yet. So I made a deal with myself. If I received even one encouraging comment, I would keep writing.
My heart thumped and bumped and panicked as I waited, and I probably drove my family insane with my speculations. But as you who have entered contests know well, the score sheets contained not only encouraging comments but also many nuggets of wisdom. That entry fee was well worth it! (By the way, many, many thanks to the judges who graciously volunteer their time and efforts!)
At the ACFW conference in 2013, I first had the inkling to write romantic suspense. An idea was born at that conference, and a new friendship formed with Angel Moore (LIH author!!!) who nudged me to read and consider LIS. It was love at first read, and for months, I consumed older and newer LIS novels. As I progressed in the Search for a Killer Voice, I was equally grateful just to get to know online other unpubbed writers as well as super-encouraging published authors. (It was also during this experience that I finally came out of my lurkdom in Seekerville to comment and realized I should have done so months earlier.) Ultimately, I received a rejection, but it came with encouragement and three pages of revision suggestions if I should choose to revise and resubmit. In the waiting period, I had already started another romantic suspense, so I continued with that. But my next project is to rewrite that rejected submission until it sparkles.
And that first novel, a legal suspense that I wrote one-handed while nursing my newborn in 2011? I never did submit it to a contest, and it’s still my favorite. Maybe it’s time to pull it out of the drawer and dust it off. Genesis opens up for entries in January….
That's it folks. Now go forth and contest!
P.S. I'm cooking in the Yankee Belle Cafe, so stop by there to say hi when you're done here.