Your critiquers include:
Susan Anne Mason
And for you readers out there we have a $9 Amazon gift card ( 9=September) up for grabs.
Here's your early warning. The 2016 RITA Award opens on October 22. Plan your time accordingly! September 22, 2015, Online sign-up to judge the contest opens at 9:00 a.m. CT. October 22, 2015, RITA Contest opens for entries at 9:00 a.m. CT. You must judge to be eligible for entry in the RITA.
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Hot Prospects. Deadline September 1. The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any romance work uncontracted and unpublished at the time of entry. Entry consists of 25 pages and a 3-5 page synopsis.
Senior Editor – Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press
Associate Editor – Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks, Inc.
Editor – Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge
Editorial Director - Angela James, Carina Press
Assistant Editor – Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing
Senior Editor - Jess Verdi, Crimson Romance
Associate Editor – Eileen Rothschild, St. Martin’s Press
Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant – Dana Hopkins, Harlequin
ACFW First Impressions. Opens September 2. Deadline October 15. Submit a back-cover copy type blurb of 200 words or less AND the first five pages of the manuscript. (Note the correlation to the first five page critique giveaway today!)
Categories. The finalists judges are agents.
Historical (through Vietnam era)
Historical Romance (through Vietnam era)
Melody of Love. Deadline September 7. Author may be unpublished or published. 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. Entry consists of the first 25 pages.
Mary Altman - Acquiring editor at Sourcebooks
Cindy Brannam - Acquiring editor at Soul Mate Publishing
Angela James - Acquiring editor at Carina Press
Heidi Moore - Acquring editor at Samhain Publishing
Victoria Lowes - Agent at The Bent Agency
Fiction From the Heartland. Deadline September 7. Entry consists of: Prologue/First Chapter/Synopsis (not to exceed 10,000 words).
Gail Chasen - Harlequin
Contemporary Single Title
Elle Keck - HarperCollins Publishers, Avon
Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks
Dana Hamilton, Grand Central Publishing
Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group
Heidi Moore, Samhain Publishing
Young Adult Romance/New Adult Romance
Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
David Long, Bethany House
Sara Negovetich, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency
Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Linda Scalissi, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Gateway to the Best. Deadline September 12. Entry Consists of : Up to 7000 words of the beginning of the manuscript, approximately 25 standard manuscript pages.The Grand Prize winner will receive a 2-hour coaching session with writing coach Michael Hauge, valued at $700.
Single Title/Contemporary Series - Sue Grimshaw, Editor, Penguin Random House
Historical - Kathryn Cheshire, Editor, Historical Team, Mills Boon/Harlequin
Women's Fiction with strong romantic elements - Katherine Pelz, Editor, Berkley
Romantic Suspense - Esi Sogah, Editor, Kensington
Young or New Adult - Megah Parekh, Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Paranormal - Kerri Buckley, Editor, Carina Press
Bradford Literary Agency – Pitch Contest. Deadline: September 14, 2015. Sponsored by Contemporary Romance Writers. This contest is free! Published and non-published authors. Pitches must be for books not under contract as of September 14, 2015.
Final Judge is Literary Agent Laura Bradford. The agent will select winners to submit partial and/or full manuscripts.
The Suzannah. Deadline October 1. Entry consists of a maximum of 7,200 words, including synopsis. Fee: $30 prior to Sept. 1st, $35 on or after Sept. 1st. Members receive a $5 discount.
The Suzannah is different from most other writers’ contests in that published authors and unpublished writers compete against one another in a single pool of entries without categories. Six finalists. The only criteria required is that the manuscript fit within the romance genre and that it be unpublished and uncontracted. Finalists will be determined by a panel of at least six agents and editors.
Gabrielle Keck, Assistant Editor Avon Harper Collins
Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Erin Niamata, Folio Literary Agency
Kim Lionetti, Bookends Literary Agency
Emily Contest. Deadline October 4. Entry: First 5600 words, no synopsis.
Contemporary – Long.
Agent – Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management
Editor – Tara Gavin, Executive Editor, Kensington Books
Contemporary – Short.
Agent – Jess Dallow, New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
Editor – Elle Keck, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins / Avon
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal
Agent – Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates
Editor – Allison Carroll, Associate Editor, HQN, Harlequin Enterprises
Agent – Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Editor – Tara Gelsomino, Executive Editor, Crimson Romance
Agent – Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Editor – Kristin Sevick, Senior Editor, Tor / Forge (Macmillan)
Agent – Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Editor – Alex Sehulster, Editorial Assistant, St. Martin’s Press
Best of the Best is a competition between the first place winners of each category. The winner will receive $100.
Best of the Best Judge:
Former RWA Bookseller of the Year – Kay Meriam, Barnes & Noble
Four Seasons. Deadline October 10. First twenty-five pages.
The Four Seasons Contest is open to both unpublished and published authors. Unpublished authors may enter any category. Published authors may enter any category in which they’ve not been contracted or published for three years in any novel-length work of fiction (40,000 + words) in any format (e-book, mass market, etc) to include self-published works. The contest is open to RWA and non-RWA members.
2015 Final Judges:
Editor: Nicole Fischer, Avon
Single Title Contemporary
Editor: Michelle Meade, MIRA
Agent: Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services
Editor: Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge
Agent: Marisa A. Corvisiero, Corvisiero Agency
Editor: Elizabeth Mazer, Harlequin Love Inspired
Agent: Lane Heymont, Seymour Agency
Editor: Mercedes Fernandez, Kensington
Agent: Vicoria Lowes, The Bent Agency
Editor: Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing
Agent: Veronica Park, Corvisiero Agency
|What Have YOU done to make your dream come true?|
Harlequin's SYTYCW Contest is open between now and September 21st for posting entries on Wattpad. See the timeline here.
The Eight Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest. Real Simple Magazine. Deadline September 21, 2015. What Single Decision Changed Your Life?
Would your world now be completely different—even unthinkable—if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice? Tell us about it. Maybe you stayed a few extra minutes at a party—and met your soul mate. Maybe you decided to have lunch with a friend or quit a job or just took the long way home. If you can’t imagine the rest of your life without what happened next, write it down and share it with us.
Enter Real Simple’s eighth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.
Coming to Denver, Colorado, November 6-8, 201, Nourishing the Writer's Spirit Retreat.
And, if you live in the Indianapolis area, do not miss this free workshop with Liliana Hart!
Liliana Hart—The Future of Self-Publishing
Sponsor: Indiana Romance Writers of America
Location: Indianapolis Central Library, 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN
Fee: Free (BUT YOU MUST REGISTER).Date: September 12, 2015, 12-4
Topics included: Algorithms, Backmatter, Social Media and Marketing That Works, Street Teams, Foreign Translations, Audio, Diversifying Your Books, Moving From Small-Time Writer to Big-Time Corporation, and much, much more.
Introducing our September Contest Diva: Kelly Goshorn
Yes, I’m a Diva.
No, not the kind with a quirked a brow, hand on her hip, wagging her finger in your face. More like the dog with a bone kind—tenacious.
A few years ago, when I thought I’d written the greatest historical romance novel EVER (roll eyes here), I entered my first contest—the TARA. After sending my manuscript off to the judges, I joined ACFW and immediately became active on their Scribes critique loop. It didn’t take long to realize I still had a lot to learn, like the hero and heroine should meet way before chapter nine. Who knew? Apparently everyone but me!
I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but I did not advance to the final round of the TARA. Ok, true confession and hoping Tina won’t unfriend me on Facebook, but I didn’t even look at the first round scores for months. I didn’t dare. Putting yourself out there to be “judged” is hard and I wasn’t very good at it in the beginning. And I don’t mean only the winning part, but receiving constructive criticism.
Eventually I did learn the secret to opening crits and contest scores, PRAYER. Prayer prepares my heart and mind to receive the comments in the spirit in which they were written—to help me improve as a writer. My attitude about critiques and judges’ comments changed dramatically. I began looking for the suggestions for improvement more than the compliments I had clung to for dear life in the beginning.
I knuckled down, read books and blogs on the craft, revised and resubmitted. I learned and I grew as a writer. I read, revised and resubmitted. On and on again like a needle stuck on an old 45 rpm vinyl record.
I decided to brave the contest waters again and entered ACFW’s First Impressions and finaled. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I shared scores and comments with my crit partners and read Seekerville posts on problem areas pointed out by the judges. I entered my polished first few chapters in the Clash of the Titles Olympia. This time, I won! To date, this is my only contest win, but my manuscript went on to semi-final in the Genesis and place second in the Fab Five contest, with partial manuscript requests from both final round judges.
When I went to the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference this past May, I had confidence my manuscript was ready to shop. I proudly listed my contest results on my one-sheet. After my first pitch, I mentioned that I had recently semi-finaled in the Genesis. The editor held out her hand for my sample chapters and commented, “That’s all I needed to know. You should have led with that.” Needless to say, I tweaked my pitch for future appointments.
I’m thrilled to tell you my story is under contract with Prism Book Group whose editor I met at the conference.
Unleash your inner diva!
That's it divas and divos. Now go forth and contest!