Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Contest Update

Welcome to the February Contest Update. This issue is jam packed, so grab a beverage of choice and let's get going. Remember that this update is easily available all month under the Contest Tab at the top of the Seekerville blog, and on our website here.

Bookreviewers! Here's another opportunity for books for your reviewing pleasure! BookGrabbr! Check it out!

Published Manuscript Contests

Carolyn Readers Choice Award is open. Deadline February 14, 2016.

Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards Opens January 1. Deadline March 1, 2016.

ACFW Carol Awards. Opens January 2. Deadline March 15, 2016. 

Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for Published Authors. Deadline March 15.

Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest. Opens February 15. Deadline March 31. 

Published Maggie's. Opens January 1. Deadline April 2, 2016.

Unpublished Manuscript Contests

Great Beginnings Contest. Opens January 1. Deadline February 14.   Enter the opening five (5) pages of romance novels of all sub-genres (projected length of at least 50,000 words).Eligibility: Contest is open to published and unpublished authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, uncontracted manuscripts that will remain unpublished until the contest has concluded.NOTE on Judging: Every entry will be judged 3 times, at least once by a PAN member.

Contemporary: Single title, category, mainstream, or inspirational.
Historical: Single title, category, Regency, suspense, mainstream, or inspirational.
Paranormal: Time travel, ghost, futuristic, inspirational.

Romantic Suspense: Single title, category.

Final Judges:
Contemporary: Karen Solem, agent with Spencerhill Associates
Paranormal: John Scognamiglio, senior editor, Kensington Publishing
Romantic Suspense: Nicole Resciniti, agent with the Seymour Agency
Historical: Danielle Egan-Miller, agent with Browne and Miller Literary Associates

Cleveland Rocks Romance. Deadline February 14. Entrants must be unpublished in book-length fiction (minimum 40,000 words) in the last five years. For the purpose of this contest, unpublished means the author or authors have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more. Entry consits of the first chapter up to 5,000 words for all categories except novella category (first chapter up to 3,000 words).

Contemporary Long Romance–Mary Altman (Sourcebooks), Laura Kelly (The Wild Rose Press), and Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency)

Contemporary Short Romance–Adrienne Macintosh (Harlequin), Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency), and Latoya C. Smith (Samhain Publishing)

Historical Romance–Allison Byers (The Wild Rose Press),  Heidi Moore (Samhain Publishing), and Kimberly Lionetti (Bookends a Literary Agency)

Paranormal Romance– Cat Clyne (Sourcebooks), Trisha Skinner (Fuse Literary), and Debby Gilbert (Soul Mate Publishing)

Novella–Tara Gelsomino (Crimson Romance), Vicki Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary), and Editors from Boroughs Publishing

Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements–Bethany Blair (Penguin Random House), Char Chaffin (Soul Mate Publishing), and Kerry D’Agostino (Curtis Brown Ltd)

Young Adult/New Adult– Rachel Brooks (L. Perkins Agency), Jennifer Herrington (Bookfish Books), and Lydia Sharp (Entangled Publishing)

Fab Five. Opens January 1-Deadline (received) March 1. Entry: First 2500 words of ms. No synopsis. Unpublished authors only.Categories will be capped at thirty-five (35) entries. Any submissions received after a category has been capped will be returned.

Historical: Elle Keck, Avon & Abby Saul, Browne & Miller Literary Assoc.

Inspirational: Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House & Claudia Cross, Folio Literary Management

P/F/F/TT: Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Gp. & Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary

Romantic Suspense: Amy Stapp, Tor Books & Lane Heymont, The Seymour Agency

Series Contemporary: Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's Press & Rachael Dugas, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Single Title: Lydia Sharp, Entangled Publishing & Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Agency

Women's Fiction: Kate Seaver, Berkley Publishing Group & Carly Watters, PS Literary Agency

Young Adult/New Adult: Elizabeth Lynch, HarperCollins & Whitley Abell, Inklings Literary Agency. 

ACFW Genesis. Opens January 2. Deadline March 15. Unpublished authors only.Entry consists of a one page, single-spaced synopsis, followed by the first 15 pages of your manuscript.The top 7 semi-finalists in each category will be announced by May 5, 2016.The three finalists in each category will be announced by June 15, 2016.Winners will be announced on August 27 during the Awards Gala at ACFW's national conference in Nashville.

Historical Romance
Romantic Suspense
Short Novel
Young Adult 

Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Unpublished Division. Deadline March 15. For each entry, entrants will electronically submit the FIRST 5,000 words of the manuscript with a synopsis of no more than 675 words. The synopsis is not judged but included for the judges’ reference.

AGENT: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates
EDITOR: Patience Bloom, Harlequin Books

AGENT: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.
EDITOR: Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing Corp.

AGENT: Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency
EDITOR: Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House

AGENT: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
EDITOR: Tracy Bernstein, NAL

AGENT: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
EDITOR: Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press

AGENT: Christine Witthohn, Book Cents Literary Agency

EDITOR: Michelle Vega, The Berkley Publishing Group

Fire and Ice. Deadline March 18. Manuscript must have a projected word count of at least 50K. Entry consists of first 3,000 words.New this year! Include an optional QUERY LETTER as the first page of your entry. Never fear, the query letter will not be included in your final score, but by submitting one, you’ll get the chance to find out if preliminary judges would request to read more. All finalists will have the option of including their query in the final round to be read by our final agent and editor judges.
Contemporary Romance:

Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks (editor)
Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management (agent)

Historical Romance

Julie Mianecki, Penguin Random House (editor)
Daniel Barthel, New Leaf Literary (agent)

Romantic Suspense

Peter Senftleben, Kensington (editor)
Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (agent)

Young Adult Romance

Suzanne Evans, Entangled Publishing (editor)
Elizabeth Copps, Maria Carvainis Agency (agent)

Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal Romance

Allison Carroll, HQN (editor)
Jessica Sinsheimer, Sarah Jane Freymann Agency (agent)

Royal Ascot. Deadline March 27. Entry consists of the first 7,000 words. Open to unpublished authors and published writers seeking representation and/or a publisher. All works entered should be unpublished (self or traditional) and uncontracted. All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840.

Categories are used to determine first round judges only, and include:

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:

Allison Byers of The Wild Rose Press
Brenda Chin of Imajinn/Belle Books

and more to come!

 Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest. Opens February 15. Deadline March 31. 

An entry in the unpublished book category consists of a one-page synopsis  and the first 15 pages of the manuscript for the following categories:

Contemporary Fiction Book
Historical Fiction Book
Speculative Fiction Book
Nonfiction Book: Note: The nonfiction synopsis may be written in either paragraph form or chapter-by-chapter outline, depending on the type of book.
Memoir Book
Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction Book
Children’s Chapter Book (ages 6–8) and Picture Book (ages 2–10+)                         

Fiction and Nonfiction: Entry consists of a one-page synopsis and the first 10 pages of the manuscript for Chapter Books. But for a Picture Book – submit the entire text of the book with no synopsis and without illustrations or artwork. 

Romance Through the Ages. Contest Opens February 15. Deadline March 31. Entry consists of 25 pages max, plus optional 1-2 page synopsis (unjudged).Unpublished authors may enter any category.Published authors may enter any category in which they’re not published, or in which they’ve not been contracted for publication within the past five years.

Final Judges

Ancient/Medieval/Renaissance: TBA
Georgian/Regency/Victorian: TBA
Colonial/Western/Civil War: TBA
Post Victorian/World War II: Amy Sherwood, Samhain Publishing
Time-Travel/Historical Paranormal: Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing
Historical Erotic: Jennifer Glover, The Wild Rose Press
Historical Novella: TBA
Historical YA: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Legends Award – A Man For All Reasons: Gabrielle Keck, Harper Collins

Fool For Love. Opens March 1. Deadline April 1. Contest is open to published and unpublished authors. Published authors may submit only unpublished, uncontracted manuscripts into the Published Category only. Enter the opening pages of your unpublished/uncontracted manuscript, not to exceed 7,500 words (approximately 30 pages).

Categories and Final Judges: 
Short Contemporary – Michele Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; 
Long Contemporary – Isabel Farhi, Berkley Publishing; 
Historical – Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore & Co.; 
Dark Paranormal – Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary Agency;
Light Paranormal – Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing; 
Romantic Suspense – Allison Lyons, Harlequin; 
New Adult – Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates; 
Young Adult – Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency; 

Published Author – Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press.

Rosemary Contest. Deadline April 1. Entry consists of the first twenty-five pages. 

YA Contemporary-Kathleen Rushall, Andrea Brown Literary, Lisa Yoskowitz,Little, Brown Books & Vicki Lame, St. Martin’s Press

YA Historical-Laura Bradford,Bradford Literary, Emilia Rhodes,Harper Teen & Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing

YA Paranormal-Cate Hart,Corvisiero Literary, Jessica MacLeigh, Harper Teen & Natashya Wilson, Harper Teen

YA Speculative-Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency, Kristen Daly Rens, Balzer and Bray & Annette Pollert-Morgan, Sourcebooks

New Adult-T/B/A, Meredith Rich, Bloomsbury Spark& Amy Stapp,Tor/Forge

Other Writing Stuff

Time for reviewing a post called 

Big News at Woman's World Magazine. Fiction editor, Johnene Granger, has retired after 16 years of reading our fiction and mystery submissions. Patricia Gaddis has taken over and there is no second reader. As always Patricia sends all stories on to the Executive Editor for final approval. More news: submissions are electronic as are contracts.  If you submit via snail mail, your submission will still be read. Save trees, time and stamps and consider submitting electronically. For authors who have sold to WW in the past, send your submission to - for authors who have not sold to WW yet, submit to

Still pays $800 for an 800 word, short romance.

If you do not hear back, re: print or email submission, you can consider that your story has not been accepted. More good news. Patricia Gaddis is now a member of the Woman's World Yahoo Loop and available to answer your questions. So do consider joining. Send an email to  No changes to word count or payment has been mentioned. 

Looking for some other ways to make money writing for Woman's World? Check ou this information:

True Story and True Confessions Magazine.  Join the Yahoo Group to stay informed. Editors are active on the loop.  Along with stories which are 3-7K, they also pay for feature columns. They accept sweet stories! Guidelines are available here. 

Another terrific paying market for your short fiction is Splickety Magazine. Check out the guidelines here.

Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Deadline February 15. Personal essay must be 450 words or less. Cash prizes! “Hook ’em with the lead. Hold ’em with laughter. Exit with a quip they won't forget." ˜ Erma Bombeck 

WOW! Women on Writing. Winter 2016 Flash Fiction Contest with guest Judge Brooke Warner. The Winter Contest is open to all genres of fiction between 250 - 750 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. Deadline: February 28, 2016. Cash prizes.

Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest. Deadline March 31. Submit your finest flash fiction story, 500 words or less. Enter the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest to win a three-week Key West residency at the renowned Studios of Key West between July 5 and July 31, 2016. Inspire your creativity by spending up to 10 days writing in Ernest Hemingway’s private study at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum — and experience Hemingway Days 2016, celebrating the iconic author who called Key West home in the 1930s. Accommodations, an air travel card and a meal gift card are included as part of the prize as set forth in the official contest rules.

The Chicken Soup upcoming topic line up can be found here.

And just for fun, enter the Harlequin Valentine's Day Contest here.

Seekerville is delighted to introduce the February Contest Diva!

2013 My Book Therapy’s Frasier - Bronze Medalist
2014 ACFW-Central Florida’s Sonshine Scribes “Save Our Synopses” - Second Place
2014 My Book Therapy’s Frasier - Finalist
2014 ACFW First Impressions - Winner, Historical Romance
2015 My Book Therapy’s Frasier - Bronze Medalist
2015 ACFW First Impressions - Winner, Historical Romance (Agent Request)
2015 Promising Beginnings - Finalist

Imagine my surprise when I placed in the first contest I entered in 2013. Perhaps stunned is a better word for my shock. I joined ACFW in 2009 to learn how to write novels, participating in several online courses and a young adult critique group. During this time, I devoured craft books and did more critiquing than writing. It wasn’t until I became a member of My Book Therapy that the information I had acquired began to make sense. When the critique group disbanded, three of us remained craft partners. And I followed my heart to write adult Christian historical romance novels.

While I’ve experienced some success, my revised MBT 2013 Frasier Bronze Medal entry didn’t find traction in the ACFW 2013 First Impressions contest. Nor did another submission earn favor in the 2014 Phoenix Rattler. But submitting my work has allowed me to test my story ideas and evaluate my writing skills before I write the full manuscripts.

After each contest, I create a table comparing the judges’ scores and note where they’ve made comments or suggestions in my entry. For the most part, the feedback has been very consistent, enabling me to see exactly what I need to change. Thank you, judges, for sharing your expertise with me!

Contesting is teaching me how to silence my internal editor to meet deadlines. Great preparation for meeting a future publisher’s deadlines. I’m meeting new writing colleagues and learning more about the book publishing industry. But the biggest blessing of all is I’m discovering I possess a God-given gift to write!

If you are thinking of entering a contest, do it! Take this opportunity to submit your writing and receive advice from professional authors, agents, and editors. Let God lead you toward publication, one entry at a time.

A Washington State native, Deb Garland is a pastor’s wife, avid sailor, and is writing several Christian Historical Romance novels in Timepieces of the San Juan Islands. She is a member of ACFW, My Book Therapy, and Stitches Thru Time Writers. A reading specialist, she wrote short stories and articles published in Good Reading for Everyone, Guide, High Adventure, Jr. Trails, Young & Alive, and Stanwood-Camano News. She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary because her passion is to teach God’s truth to all ages. Connect with Deb at, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

You made it to the end of this month's Contest Update! Well done. Now go leave a comment for a chance to win Valentine's Day Chocolate, courtesy of Godiva and Seekerville. Let us know if you like milk, or dark.

Let's throw in two 15 page critique prizes for the Genesis too!! Let us know you really want it!

That's it! Now go forth and Contest!

This contest update was brought to you by Tina Radcliffe. Check out the Weekend Edition here, for opportunities to win her January release from Love Inspired, Rocky Mountain Reunion. Find her at and


  1. Congratulations, Diva Deb!! You've been busy and hardworking!! Way to go.

    Hope everyone can find something to enter this month! Let us know and let us know if you are up for GODIVA!@!!

  2. A lovely list of contest finals Deb!

    I could use some milk chocolate, it's not that I'm supposed to be on a diet...

  3. Don't raise your hand for a critique unless you really want it. Deadline for the Genesis is March 15 so you should be ready to send it in to me now!

  4. Hi Debra, congrats on being the February Contest Diva! I enjoyed getting to know you a little on the post. You are also a very close neighbor, I live on the Oregon coast....*waves*!!

    Look at all those contests.....boggles ones mind! Writers, why not give a few a shot :-) \

    I'm in for some chocolate....well, at least for my husband as I'm not a huge fan. I may steal a bite or two however. And either flavor will do, he likes the dark but he's not all that picky either....please enter my name so maybe I can earn a few wife points by winning something sweet for my sweet! :-)

  5. I could use some dark. RIGHT. NOW!!!

  6. TINA, thanks for the warm welcome and cheers.
    MELISSA, I appreciate the compliment.
    TRIXI, glad to meet you. I was at Cannon Beach over Thanksgiving. Love the "waves"!
    Yes, chocolate....milk is especially nice.

  7. I miss contesting so much! It really helped me hone those first few pages because you only get so much space to impress the judges.

    Good luck, everybody!

  8. MARY JANE, You are exactly right. It helps you know what to put in those first few pages to build the foundation of your book. And if you have the foundation correct, then it will help you construct a proper storyline with realistic characters.

  9. Busy times. All the best everyone!!

  10. What a great list of contests and writing opportunities! Thanks, Tina.

    Deb, congratulations on being this month's Diva!

    Chocolate? Dark, although my oldest son jokes that it's the evil chocolate. Ha! Have a great day!

  11. Congrats on the Contest "Divaship," DEBRA! (Seeker Pam Hillman will love that you build a table to analyze contest feedback.)

    Looks like a BUSY winter/spring in the contest realm everyone!

  12. Way to hang in there, Debra! Congratulations on your diva-hood. This is the only place most of us can get away with it.
    I think it's interesting that there are more contests allowing limited entry by both pubbed and unpubbed.

    No chocolate for me. Thanks!

  13. DEBRA, I never thought about creating a table for analysis, what a great idea. Congratulations on your Diva-ship, isn't it fun?
    Kathy Bailey

  14. Wonderful contest update!

    Thanks for all the short story information. I will be joining the yahoo groups as soon as I'm finished posting this comment!

    Congratulations Diva Debra!

    Dark chocolate is my favorite, but milk chocolate runs a close second. I mean, it's chocolate for crying out loud. Who doesn't LOVE it? (okay my hubby for one!)

  15. I haven't thought about that either, Kathy Bailey. Sort of sounds like a Pam Hillman thing. Our group Excel file gal. :) I'm guessing you all must be analysis peeps.

  16. I know, Rose. I am a huge Dark Chocolate fan, but I don't turn down ANY chocolate.

  17. Indie Publishing has changed everything, Debra Marvin. That's why we no longer call it Published and Unpublished Author contests. Published and Unpublished Manuscripts is more on target. Contests have to think outside the box to survive.

  18. Congratulations to our diva this month. Hi Deb That is quite a list of accomplishments. How exciting. And you are writing stories set in the San Juan's. Love it.

  19. Thanks for all the contest info Tina You rock!

  20. Thank you for all the info! Please enter me for a critique. I could really use one. :)

  21. Wow, Deb! You are a Diva and an inspiration. Congratulations!
    Thanks for the contest update, Tina!

  22. I just love being a reader lurking in the background of the writing world. It's like having the inside scoop. I've already clicked on a couple of links. Thanks Tina!

    Applauding your writing acomplishments Diva Deb, that has a nice ring to it :)

    Dark chocolate? I'm all in on that!

  23. Happy Contest Update Day, Jill and Sandra. Sure leaves much opportunity for challenges, right?

  24. You are in, Tracey! And a good morning to you!

  25. Thanks for the terrific contest update, Tina, and all the links. Love the fun Valentine images!

    Congratulations, Diva Deb! I'm impressed with your teachable spirit and your objective step back to look at your judges' input. You look great in that tiara!


  26. Wow, two 15 page critiques are up for grabs!!! What an opportunity to prepare a manuscript for the Genesis.


  27. Good morning, Janet. Happy Contesting!!

  28. Congratulations Diva Deb!

    I am planning to enter the Great Beginnings Contest. I am working on sprucing up those first 5 pages. It is kind of scary because no one else has seen this story yet. I figure it will be a good way for me to learn.

    I am also checking out the other contests listed. I am wondering if it is permissible to send the same story in to more than one contest.

    I would love some milk chocolate Godiva

  29. Both dark and milk chocolate. Chocolate is chocolate. I'm always up for chocolate.

  30. Wilani! Yes it is perfectly acceptable to send the same msc to different contests. It is encouraged. Get your baby out there. WAY TO GO!!

  31. YES, CATHYANN!!! Chocolate is one of the food groups. Gotta have it.

  32. I'm coming out of my writing cave to congratulate a fellow blogger over at STT, Deb Garland. An impressive list of contest wins, Debra, and so deserving.

    No need to put me in for the critiques since I'm not contesting this year, but I highly recommend it to all who are. Seekers critiques are golden. I'd better past on the chocolate too. Having stomach issues.

  33. First of all, toss my name in the hat for the chocolate. Good grief that looks good at 8 in the morning!

    Congrats Deb on your success in the contesting world.

    I'll enter at least one contest this month. I just need to figure out which one.

  34. Enter those contests Wilani. But beware, they can become addicting.

  35. Hey there Elaine! And congratulations on your indie debut. 5 releases!!! Way to go!

  36. Hey there Connie Queen, freshly back from California! Great to see you back in contest land.

    You are in for chocolate.

  37. I have decided I want to enter the Genesis contest, Please throw my name in for the critique.

    This is the story I wrote in November. It has already gone through a complete redraft and now starting on the 3rd.

  38. Congratulations Diva Deb!

    Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Hmmm...I'm not picky. I just love chocolate!

    Thanks for the contests update, Tina.

  39. You are welcome, Rhonda, and you are in for Godiva!

  40. Thanks for another great contest update, Tina!

    And congrats to DEBRA GARLAND, our February Contest Diva!

    Extra congrats to everyone who's inspired today to enter those manuscripts!!!!

  41. Good morning! And thank you Seekerville for inviting me as a Contest Diva! I agree with CONNIE, contests can become addicting. My critique partners have reminded me that publication is the goal. Yet, contest feedback allows you to evaluate your story ideas and writing skills from a professional standpoint. Where do you excel and what needs improvement?

    JACKIE and GLYNNA KAY, thanks for the cheers! I had no idea Pam Hillman and I liked organizing details. How fun!

    DEBRA MARTIN, Diva-hood...I have a new author nickname. Thank you!

    KAYBEE, love the Diva-ship. I need to create a new table! LOL

    ROSE, Diva Debra fits! Thanks so much for joining the contest fun.

    SANDRA, we've sailed in the San Juan Islands for more than 30 years, so they became my first choice for a setting when I began to write fiction. And I'm learning a lot more about my backyard through researching their history. Fascinating!

    Thanks, JILL! I'm happy to be here and encourage more authors to take the leap into contesting.

    TRACEY, thanks for the congratulations. I like Diva Deb!

    JANET, a tiara! Thanks so much for the "word picture". HA HA! I do think that seeking (Seekerville) any opportunity to have one's writing critiqued is a step closer to publication. It teaches you where to focus your effort in improving your writing.

    WILANI, DO enter the Genesis! I'm rooting for you, my friend!


  42. ELAINE, good to see you here! Thank you for your STT friendship. I hope your writing is going well. Blessings!

  43. I just submitted a short story to Splickety - my first submission ever! I never would have heard of Splickety if not for Seekerville. Thanks for keeping us up to date on contests, as well as sharing all your hard-earned wisdom!

    Dark chocolate - mmmm.

  44. Whoa!!! Rachael! Way to go. Love hearing braveness tales!!! So proud of you!!

  45. CONNIE, I think chocolate itastes yummy 24/7, especially tasty while you decide which contest to enter! I'm so glad Seekerville gives a monthly contest update to help us choose one. So helpful!

  46. Thanks for the congrats, RHONDA! Tina does put together a great contest update with plenty of details...and she includes chocolate. YES!

  47. So good to meet you Debra!
    I'm a dark chocolate kind of girl.
    And I'm totally in for a free 15 page critique!

  48. MYRA, thank you for inspiring those of us who are entering contests to press on toward publication! I wonder how many published authors entered contests along the way? I'm guessig chocolate helped too.

  49. RACHAEL, good for you on entering Splickety. I wish you well! YAY!

  50. Congratulations, Diva Deb. I'm looking forward to finding your novels!
    TINA, thanks for the contest updates. It gives me hope for new novels to read in the near future.
    Also to link to book grabber. You added that just for me! Thanks!

  51. MEGAN and all those entering to receive a free critique...BRAVO! We all have blind spots and need another pair of experienced eyes to help us improve our writing. I wish you the best!

  52. Chocolate is preference on which kind today. All the brownies at my house have been eaten as of yesterday. Better find another recipe to bake. And it better involve chocolate.

    Count me in for the giveaway!

    Hungry in Indiana

  53. Congratulations, February Contest Diva, Deb!!! That's quite the accolades! It's nice to know you a bit, and I look forward to reading your novels!

    Amazing list of contests for writers. Such great opportunities to get published, as well as chance for great feedback. Enter away!

    Tina, thanks for the link to book grabbr!

    Thanks Seekerville & Godiva for the chocolate! Big fan of Godiva DARK chocolate! (especially the ones with almonds....*sigh)

  54. Interesting links today. Almost feels like a WE, Tina. Lovely web places to go explore today... Book Grabbr looks intriguing...

  55. And congrats to our February Diva, Deb!

  56. Can I just say I could really USE some chocolate?! It's been a rough couple weeks in my world. Dark is my favorite. :)

    Deb!! So good to see you're the diva this month, my friend! I love seeing where God is taking your writing. :)

    I see some great contests here this month. I may enter one or two. Question: When is it time to stop entering a story into different contests? :) Just wondering.

    Off back into my crazy world with boys home for the third snow day in a row.

  57. Oh, Jeanne! You have had a rough couple weeks. Praying for you and your knee!!! You are the second person in Seekerville facing knee surgery. Sheesh. Hugs coming at you.

    When is the time to stop entering? When you have exhausted all efforts and it has not resulted in a request by an agent or editor. But while that story is making the rounds (your first child), you should be preparing your second child for their debut. Sort of like a debutante ball.

  58. Dark chocolate fans unite, JC Annie! I like Lindt with coconut. My new fav.

  59. Congratulations, Deb! Fantastic accomplishments!

    To Jeanne above--I'm praying God's healing over you!

    Thank you, Tina, for the wonderful contest update. I know this must take so much work. I appreciate your servant's heart.

    Oh--make mine dark chocolate, please. :)

  60. MARIANNE, the Bookgrabber link sounds like a great tool to help readers find new books and new authors. I must check it out. Thank you for mentioning it!

  61. The consensus is dark chocolate rocks, Cynthia!!! :) Thanks for the kind words!

  62. Has anyone used Bookgrabbr before? I'm curious to hear opinions on it.

  63. Diva Deb, congratulations on your contest accomplishments, and thank you for your good advice! Your idea of creating a table to compare feedback is valuable, as is "Let God lead you toward publication, one entry at a time." I do hope to enter one of the contests mentioned..The San Juan Islands are beautiful. Romance novels with historical information about the islands would be very interesting. How did you research the area and did that research spark the ideas for the stories?

    Tina, thank you for a wealth of information in this contest edition. Some possible contests and I love information on short stories. BTY: Great share on Facebook about a writer trying the easier path by writing short stories. :D

    Chocolate?!?! Of course! Milk chocolate, please....but either would be perfect.....of's chocolate!

  64. You Rock, Contest Diva Deb!! The time it takes to format the manuscript and get it the way each entity wants it almost overwhelms me! I love your idea of making a chart to keep track of comments...but unlike you, the comments for my entries were not consistent. I felt discouraged and relegated the judges comments to the "subjective, personal opinion" category. So, I kind of gave up on entering.

    Tina...FANTASTIC job on pulling together all these exciting contests!! My fav is the changes at Woman's can now submit electronically!! YAY. I've submitted three times...each earned me a rejection, but with comments from an editor. My friends said that was unusual. I'd like to find the magic formula!! LOL

    I'm currently reading Rocky Mountain Reunion...LOVE!!!

    Would love chocolate...either kind!! And please enter me for the 15 page critique!! Whoo-hoo!!

  65. JUST COMMONLY, I'm happy to meet you too! Lots of great friends can be made through entering contests. Don't be shy about befriending those who enter with you and cheer for them!

  66. Thanks, SARAH! Tina does a great job putting together Seekerville's monthly contest updates. It's nice to have all of the info in one place, making it easier to decide which contest might fit my genre and timeline. I've checked them several times. Thank you, TINA, for all of your hard work. We appreciate it!

  67. JEANNE T, so sorry to hear you are facing knee surgery. Hugs, my friend! Jeanne introduced herself to me when we both entered My Book Therapy's Frasier contest one year and we've been friends ever since. I like your question and I think Tina's answer is spot on. I entered my first story twice after reworking it from different angles based on the feedback I was given before I became a Frasier Contest finalist and ACFW First Impressions winner. My second story hit the mark the first time in this year's ACFW FI, so I'm working to complete those novels and plan my third story. I hope this helps answer your question, Jeanne. Cheering for you, my friend!

  68. Congratulations, Diva Deb! How cool that you create a table comparing contest judges’ comments and suggestions. So do I. It's a wonderful way of narrowing down what might need tweaking. And it's fun to see how comments shift from something I've improved at to something that then needs my attention :-) Thanks for sharing your writing journey. So glad you confirmed that you have a gift for writing!

    Tina -- wow! Thank you for all those resources for short stories ... and the Contest Update. So much news!

    Nancy C

  69. I can't eat chocolate, so all you chocolate-lovers need to eat plenty for me, okay?

    I saw a sign years ago: "Save the world! It's the only source of chocolate!" :-)

    Nancy C

  70. WOW, talk about a contest/opportunity goldmine, Tina!! What a great contest post, my friend, and now that I'm doing more indie, I'm interested in contests again, so thanks for the info!

    SUPER CONGRATS to DEB GARLAND for being our February Contest Diva!! And, HOLY COW, what a diva she is with that list of contest finals, so you go, girl!! Praying the next contest pays off BIG TIME with a contract!!


  71. SHERIDA, I love history and one of the main events that happened on San Juan Island was a Pig War. But until I did some research, I had no idea why the English Hudson Bay Company was so upset one of it's pigs was shot by an American settler. It turns out the islands were neither owned by England nor the United States because of an oversight when the 49th parallel was decided on as the boundary between Canada and the United States. The pig incident brought this to light and both countries claimed ownership. It took twelve years of international arbitration before a final decision in favor of the United States was made by German Kaiser Wilheim I. As for research for this first story, I've attended several reenactments of the Pig War, visited the islands' libraries, and gathered information from American and English Camps, the two historical parks on San Juan Island. My other two stories are not so much about taking one event and researching it, but rather taking an issue, say salmon fishing combined with shipbuilding, and exploring the international history behind it in relationship to the islands. Thanks for asking such a great question!

  72. Congrats, Debra!!

    A lot of wonderful opportunities for you writers - I won't be entering any contests but would love some of that DARK chocolate to munch on while cheering everyone on, and reading/reviewing/sharing some wonderful Christian Fiction!!

    Thank you, Tina!!

  73. I knew my fellow short story writers would enjoy the irony of that meme, Sherida!!!

  74. KATHRYN, I agree that contests are subjective. Good point! And that's the reason to enter a variety of contests. As I've become more skilled, I've seen more consistency among my scores.

  75. Wow, yes, Kathryn Barker, those were good rejections. DO NOT STOP SUBMITTING!!

  76. Nancy C! Glad there were some things in the contest update to tempt you!!!

  77. Bonton, you are in the hat for chocolate.

  78. Thanks for the kind words, Deb Garland. I personally love the contest update. So many possibilities.

  79. Jules, once a diva, always a diva. I want to be buried with my tiara on, myself.

  80. NANCY C, Ah, a like-minded contest gal! Yes, you work on one area to improve it, then up comes another one. Now if we can nail them all down at once. It's fun to see our report card after each contest, isn't it? Scores and comments!

  81. JULIE, thank you for your vote of confidence. That's what contests have done for me, given me confidence that I'm on the right path with my writing, my calling, and that God has something for me in the future. And yes, may it be a contract. So, Tina's right? Once a contest diva, always a contest diva? Blessings on your Indie adventure, Julie!

  82. Finally finished digging out from the blizzard, although our street still hasn't been plowed so still snowed in. That's OK with me.

    Congrats Diva Deb on your success.

    Please enter me for dark chocolate!

  83. Thanks, Bonton! I think reading chocolate Godiva labels, reviewing Godiva chocolates for taste, texture, and variety, and sharing them with us all like Seekerville is doing today counts as much as doing the same for contesting. LOL

  84. SANDY, glad you are able to join us I think you deserve a box of chocolates for surviving your abundant snowflakes! Thank you for your congratulations.

  85. CYNTHIA, I'm joining my prayers with yours for Jeanne's healing. It's nice to meet you here on Seekerville. Thanks for your congratulations too. Blessings!

  86. I love dark chocolate! I'm finding so many new authors to follow in the blogging world! Makes it hard to keep up with all my book reviews when there are so many more things I want to read and only so many hours in a day. :)

  87. Today's blog post proves you can teach an old dog new tricks. I never knew the contest info was accessible under the Seekerville contest header. In fact, I've never noticed the contest header. Shame on me!

    Thanks, Tina, for great info today. Love the short story section and the tips about Woman's World. I sold to Johnene years ago...eventually it had to have been in the last 16 years!

    Diva Deb, congrats on your success. Would love to know how the My Book Therapy Frasier was named. Does anyone know? Probably a special person in Susie's life...her hubby? A child?

    Deb, you sail? How fun! Do tell more.

  88. SHECKI, that's great you do book reviews. What a blessing for both authors and readers. Like you, I want to read so many more books than I'm able to fit in a day. Glad to meet you!

  89. I love dark chocolate, seekerville, Tuna, and so glad to meet this month's diva. Thanks so much for contest round up.

    1. Tina not tuna! MY spell chk has a mind of its own.

  90. Congrats Debra! Love the contest update. I would love to be entered for a 15 page critique. I have a story ready to go for the Genesis contest and would love to get feedback on it before I submit it! I get very nervous entering contests, but I love to apply the feedback I receive.

  91. Laura, you are so cute. Funny thing is when I type too fast I sign my emails Tuna. So I actually laughed loud when I saw that!!!

  92. Time to send in another one Debby. Every 16 years????

  93. Sandy and Shecki, you are in for chocolate. Sally, you are in for the critique and chocolate!

  94. Oooh, Chocolate! Milk all the way! Thanks for the Valentine's treat!

  95. DEBBY, I think I once read how the Frasier name came about, but I can't remember. Sorry! I do confuse the spelling of the contest with the Fraser River in BC, Canada, because it is part of the backstory for my current story. Sailing? When I met my husband, his family owned a small 14-foot sailboat and some of our dates were sailing in Puget Sound. Once we capsized off Vashion Island and the people who rescued us asked me if I still wanted to marry my fiance. HA HA! Because my husband grew up on the beach, we decided we wanted to live on the water before we were 50 years old. But the only way we could afford to do that was live on a sailboat full-time. After five years aboard, we moved ashore, thinking we'd sell the boat and eventually get a smaller boat. Instead, we bought a smaller house and kept the bigger boat. Lol! We've sailed as far north as Glacier Bay in Southeast Alaska, to the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC, around Vancouver Island in the ocean (not really my cup of tea as a fair weather sailor), and in the San Juan Islands for the past 35 years. Sailing has been an adventure and a blessing in our lives in so many ways. Thanks for your congratulations!

  96. SALLY, I'm thrilled to hear you've entered the Genesis! I'll be cheering for you and I wish you God's very best.

  97. Yes, KATE, it's milk chocolate all the way for me too. I hope you win the giveaway! Speaking of a Valentine's treat, on the way home from an errand this morning my husband bought me a heart-shaped box of Godiva chocolates. Like Seekerville's Valentine giveaway, what a sweet thing to do!

  98. Deb, I couldn't agree with you more. In fact all the Seekers feel the same. We learned a lot through contests, met through contests. Perhaps you're seeing familiar names of finalists and winners and will get to put a face with a name at a conference.


  99. Diva Deb, I'm in awe! You are one adventurous woman! Hope you include lots of your personal sailing stories in your fiction!

  100. Smiling at Tina...

    I've received a number of rejections from Johnene! :)

    But, I haven't submitted anything to WW in years. Maybe it's time to try again.

  101. Debra! Congrats on being the February Contest Diva!!!!! And huge congrats on your successes, I hope they bring you closer to your dream.




    Thank you. That's all I've got, I was busy working with Beth today and I just got over here, and this is like the best contest update ever.

    Or maybe that's lack of food talking, but it sure is mighty good! :)

  102. JANET, you're right. I am seeing some of the same people entering contests with me. And it's my hope to attend a conference to meet them. In fact, my two craft partners and I have never met although we've been together for several years. We've been scheming, but it hasn't happened yet. God's timing. I'd enjoy meeting all of you at Seekerville too.

  103. DEBBY, I am including some of those sailing experiences in my stories. My first story has a fleet of Royal Navy and American sailing ships in it. The second, a steamer and a fishing schooner. And the third, a US Revenue Cutter and US Lifesaving boat among a few others. I write a blog with many posts about the San Juan Islands, some of which involve sailing. Needless to say, I'm hooked on reading novels with them too. LOL

  104. RUTH, thank you for your good wishes. I hope you win some chocolate to take the edge off that hunger! SMILE


    GOOD LUCK in the February contests!

    Please put me in the draw for dark chocolate!

  106. CARYL, thank you for your congratulations. I'm thinking Tina is going to be sending out a whole lot of dark chocolates. I hope you win!

  107. Debra, congratulations on being the Contest Diva. You have a long list of contest successes. I appreciate the help I've received from entering them. Your perseverance is an inspiration to all. Tina, thanks for short story markets and the update at WW. Debby, send again to WW, especially now that we can sub by e-mail. Congrats to Rachael for subbing to Splickety. My prayers are with Jeanne too. No contests for me this month.

  108. PAT, thank you for the kind words. The judges give so much of their precious time to those of us who enter a contest. Someday I'd like to return the blessing and help other writers as they've helped me. Blessings!

  109. Debra, Congratulations on being the Contest Diva. Wear your tiara proudly.

    Thank you for the contest updates. Polishing my manuscripts everyday, and debating which series I want to continue next. Please enter me in the critique drawing as I am getting ready to enter the Genesis Contest by the end of this month.

  110. Is there a master list of good blogger review programs out there somewhere?

  111. TANYA, I wish you success in the Genesis and I'm praying God shows you exactly what He wants you to write for your next series. And multiple submissions? Submitting more than one definitely increases your amount of feedback and opportunity for placing in your genre or genres. YAY!

  112. SARAH, maybe Tina or someone else here knows. I'm afraid I'm not familiar with any of them. Anyone?

  113. Deb, how fun to hear about your contest successes! I love your positive attitude and how you've even got a system for keeping track of judge feedback. Nice job!

    Tina, thanks for this great contest update! I'm late visiting today. I bought a new computer and have spent the whole day moving programs, downloading newer versions, etc. It's a long process! But I'm so thrilled to have a new computer, one that doesn't crash several times a day.

  114. MISSY, I applaud YOU for converting to a new computer. That is never an easy task. Wishing you smooth sailing ahead. Thank you for your kind words.

  115. Congratulations, DEB, on your successful contest entries! Thanks for sharing your experiences - so interesting and encouraging. Wishing you much continued success!

    TINA - Looks like a great contest update - getting ready to read through it right now. Thanks for all you do!

  116. LAURA, thanks so much for encouraging me in return. Enjoy reading through Tina's update. She's packed it full of contest gems. Blessings!

  117. Thanks, Laura. It is a busy contest and writing month. BUSY IS GOOD!!!

  118. No idea Sarah. You might want to contact some of our long term professional reviewers like Trixi and Just Commonly and Kav and find out.

  119. Does anyone ever go through a period where they feel contested out?

    At least I did until I read the list and saw that there are places I haven't tried yet.

  120. WALT, I'm sure that happens, but I've not experienced it myself. A new contest might be the perfect remedy. Best wishes as you move forward in your writing.

  121. LOLOL. Walt. We have fanned the flame!!! Hurrah.

  122. Deb, thanks for being such a great diva hostess today. We wish you continued success and do not be a Seekerville stranger!!!!

  123. And thank you, Tina, for inviting me to be a guest on Seekerville. I've enjoyed meeting everyone and I'll be sure to stop in and say hello again! Blessings!!

  124. please toss me into the chocolate drawing.. great snack to go with reading all these wonderful authors books!

  125. :) oops, forgot to mention that milk chocolate is my favorite...

  126. Edwina and Deanna, you are in for the chocolate!

  127. Please add me to the chocolate drawing (dark preferred). Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for another great article too!

  128. Milk chocolate would be amazing!

    Happy valentine's day!

  129. Milk chocolate would be amazing!

    Happy valentine's day!

  130. Thanks again for the opportunities on this site. I commented, but didn't see a confirmation. Just wanted to make sure I'm in for a critique drawing. :) Thanks bunches! Have a great evening!